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Female thieves hide money in their bras, 1950
Bonsai Kittens, 2000
BMW's April Fool's Day Hoaxes
The Great Space Monkey Hoax, 1953
The boy with the golden tooth, 1593
Adolf Hitler Baby Photo Hoax, 1933
Old-Time Photo Fakery, 1900 to 1919
Sober Sue, the woman who never smiled, 1907
Pierre Brassau, Monkey Artist, 1964
Taco Bells buys the Liberty Bell, 1996
Slovakian Satire Reported as News
Here's another case of the media in one country reporting another country's satire as straight news. About a week ago the Austrian paper Der Standard reported that a Canadian-American company was going to privatise and expand the Bratislava airport, which would involve the relocation of the entire village of Ivanka pri Dunaji. And where did Der Standard get this story? From the website of sme.sk, a Slovakian paper. It didn't notice that the story was over six months old and dated April 1st. What happened next, of course, was that the news bounced back to Slovakia where it was also reported as true, with the Slovakian media citing Der Standard as their source. Probably gave the villagers in Ivanka pri Dunaji a good scare.
Categories: Journalism
Posted by The Curator on Wed Oct 13, 2004
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