We usually believe what media tells us. Throughout the years, masses of people were convinced that something false was genuine. For publicity or just for fun, these hoaxes have undoubtedly created a strong debate about the role of media in relation to the public. Below you can discover three famous hoaxes.
1. The Swiss Spaghetti Harvest
BBC news fooled its audience with a broadcast presented on April 1, 1957, featuring a segment about a spaghetti harvest in Southern Switzerland. They claimed that a Swiss family cropped spaghetti trees. The segment had such a big success that hundreds of people phoned the station and asked how they could grow spaghetti trees. BBC replied with “Place a sprig of spaghetti in a tin of tomato sauce and hope for the best”. Until today this broadcast is considered to be the most popular of all April Fool’s Day hoaxes.
2. The Protocols of the Elders of Zion
The Protocols of the Elders of Zion is a text that pretends to depict a Masonic and Jewish plot to attain world domination. The book was found around the year 1900. It went to detail a Jewish conspiracy which actually was named the Elders of Zion. The purpose of this conspiracy was to achieve world domination with the use of techniques such as brainwashing and violence. Since the content of this book was first revealed – more than 100 years ago – it surely reached many individuals. Specialists who investigated it concluded that it can either be a hoax or a plagiarism. It surely is one of the best known examples of literature forgery.
3. The War of the Two Worlds Radio Show
This hoax is considered one of the most famous in the history of entertainment. The show was aired on CBS radio on Halloween and it managed to cause panic and hysteria among all listeners. It was directed by Orson Welles, who later on went to direct the famous movie Citizen Kane. The story presented to the audience was indicating that an alien invasion of Earth was taking place.
For the audience to believe this story, the story came on as a special news bulletin. More than 6 million people heard the news. Many listeners believed it, as the police received a series of calls from people fearing what will happen. The panic created was so big that CBS radio had to promise that such an event will never take place again.
These are just three of the most famous hoaxes of all times. Would you believe such hoaxes if you were exposed to them?
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