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New York Times Accidentally Publishes Article About Watermelons Found On Mars
By Alexa Heah, 09 Jun 2021
Image via Africa Studio / Shutterstock.com
In a strange turn of events, The New York Times published—and then deleted—an article which made a curious claim: fields of watermelons had been discovered on Mars.
While this would seem to be a breakthrough discovery for space travel, the article was just a couple sentences long, as seen in an archive snapshot.
“The FBI declined to comment on reports of watermelons raining down, but confirmed that kiwis have been intercepted.” Wait. What?
Turns out, according to Futurism, it was a mock article intended for a testing system that was published on the main site by error.
We’re not sure if the attribution to “Joe Schmoe” or the closing sentence of “This story is terrible boring,” were obvious enough clues to most readers, but it was quite obviously a spoof article upon closer inspection.
As NASA and its Ingenuity helicopter continue traversing on Mars, who knows, you could be seeing a similar headline soon – and it won’t be a joke.
Put it back up, cowards pic.twitter.com/bJ3prvSuJR— Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) June 8, 2021
[via Futurism, cover image via Africa Studio / Shutterstock.com]
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