Fooled Ya!


Reader's Digest Asia Pacific - - Science -

PC Com­put­ing mag­a­zine “re­ported” in 1994 that the US Congress was con­sid­er­ing a bill to ban drink­ing while us­ing the in­ter­net. Since im­bib­ing is out­lawed while driv­ing on high­ways, it should be il­le­gal on the in­for­ma­tion su­per­high­way, right? An­gry con­stituents ac­tu­ally forced Mas­sachusetts Se­na­tor Ed­ward Kennedy’s of­fice to for­mally deny that he was spon­sor­ing the bill.

Burger King took out an ad in 1998 in­tro­duc­ing a Whop­per de­signed es­pe­cially for left-han­ders. The new burger would con­tain the same in­gre­di­ents as those for right­ies, but ro­tated 180 de­grees. Thou­sands of cus­tomers re­port­edly swarmed the fast-food out­lets re­quest­ing the south­paw sand­wich.

In 2000, the UK’s Daily Mail touted the ben­e­fits of a new line of socks, FatSox, that “sucked body fat out of sweat­ing feet”. The user could then sim­ply wash the socks – and the fat – away.

In 2009 the Swiss Tourism Board “re­vealed” just why the Alps are so pris­tine. Ev­ery day, mem­bers of the Swiss As­so­ci­a­tion of Moun­tain Clean­ers scaled the Alps to scrub and pol­ish them. Scores of peo­ple took the on­line test to see if they qual­i­fied to join the high-alti­tude clean team.

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