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TechBear_Seattle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 08:53 AM
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There's no revolution in Belgium. Really.
Just in case you heard about this on the news....

There's no revolution in Belgium. Really.

BRUSSELS, Belgium - Suddenly and shockingly, Belgium came to an end. State television broke into regular programming late Wednesday with an urgent bulletin: The Dutch-speaking half of the country had declared independence and the king and queen had fled. Grainy pictures from the military airport showed dark silhouettes of a royal entourage boarding a plane.

Only after a half hour did the station flash the message: "This is fiction."

...

Frantic viewers flooded the call center of the RTBF broadcaster that aired the stunt. Embassies called Belgian authorities to find out what was going on, while foreign journalists scrambled to get confirmation.

"Ambassadors who were worried asked what they had to tell their capitals," said Senate Chair Anne-Marie Lizin. "This fiction was seen as a reality and it created a catastrophic image of the country."


The full article can be read at http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061214/ap_on_re_eu/belgium...
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underpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 09:48 AM
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1. What kind of world would we be in if we had 2 Belgiums?
Would we need an airlift?
How long would the wall stand?
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olddad56 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 10:24 AM
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2. Who would get to keep the waffles?
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DixieBlue Donating Member (504 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 10:39 AM
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3. Or the chocolates?
Or pomme frites?

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GoddessOfGuinness Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 03:00 PM
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5. ...or the BEER?!?
What a heinous trick to pull on people.

It's not unlike yelling "Fire!" in a movie theater, really.
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Cessna Invesco Palin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 04:25 PM
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7. Germany. n/t
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Vidar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 02:12 PM
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4. Orson Wells' "War of the Worlds" revisited.
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TechBear_Seattle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 03:21 PM
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6. Ah! I knew there was something like this before
For some reason, "War of the World" escaped me.
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Vidar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 05:12 PM
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8. Surpising what I forget some days too.
Edited on Fri Dec-15-06 05:13 PM by Vidar
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ctaylor721a Donating Member (17 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-16-06 08:45 PM
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9. I'm surprised the state television did this
EOM
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