FAKE NEWS: 1899 Edition

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Several years ago, the "Denver Post" had a story on April Fools news reports. Off the top of my head, I remember stories about the Great Spaghetti Harvest and the Republic of Sans Seriefe.

The Swiss Spaghetti Harvest is certainly a classic, courtesy of the BBC. There have been lots of very clever April Fool's gaffes. One of my favorites involved burning hundreds of tires in the caldera of a mountain in Alaska (I forget the name), panicking a good portion of the population of Sitka into thinking the long dormant volcano was about to erupt. Terrible for the environment, but you have to admire the cleverness!

I was told that some U.of New Mexico students did the same thing at the extinct West Mesa volcano cones in the 60's. I didn't get the Albuquere reaction though.

Re the cutline beneath the Denver street scene photo -- there is no "California Avenue" in Denver. Good writeup however.

You are correct, and I've brought it to the attention of our catalogers. Thanks for taking an interest! 

Why did you pick to do The Wall Of China?

Well, I ran across this story, and I found it interesting and a bit humorous. That's pretty much it.

I think this is one cool story.....I wish that it was not a joke.


Personally, I'm glad they didn't actually tear down the Great Wall.

Why does everyone think China is a hoax?

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