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Tube of liquor hidden in prohibition-era boot, 1920s
A black lion: real or fake?
Mule elected G.O.P. committeeman, 1938
'Solar Armor' freezes man in Nevada Desert, 1874
Actress who claimed she was kidnapped by puritans, 1950
Jean Gauntt, the Immortal Baby, 1939
Tourist Guy 9/11 Hoax, Sep 2001
The Cottingley Fairies, 1917
The damp spot that hoaxed a city, 1912
The Great New York Zoo Escape Hoax, 1874
Outhouse Springs Water
outhouse springs Stuart Elliott, in today's edition of his NY Times email newsletter, writes about a hoax product that recently became a real product. It goes by the name Outhouse Springs water. This brand of bottled water was dreamed up by an advertising agency that wanted to gauge how effective outdoor billboard ads could be. So they put 40 billboards advertising the fictitious Outhouse Springs Water up around Charleston, South Carolina. The billboards sported slogans such as "It's #1, not #2!" People definitely noticed the ads and actually started asking for the stuff at retailers. Demand became so intense that the ad agency eventually made a deal with a bottled-water company to produce a limited run of Outhouse Springs Water. It's on sale now at Piggly Wiggly's in Charleston. This product reminds me of Olde Frothingslosh Pale Stale Ale.
Categories: Advertising, Food
Posted by The Curator on Wed Aug 13, 2003
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