Unbelievably awesome

Written By: - Date published: 11:03 am, November 13th, 2008 - 11 comments
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Via Laughing Squid:

This morning in NYC international pranksters The Yes Men recruited volunteers through the website Because We Want It to distribute thousands of copies of a fake version of the New York Times dated July 4, 2009 with the headline ‘Iraq War Ends’.

Gawaker describes how the prank came together and here’s the reaction from the New York Times. There is also an online version of the fake paper, including a PDF.

Here’s a video with more:

11 comments on “Unbelievably awesome”

  1. Tigger 1

    Hmmm, that gives me an idea for a local version…National slump in polls continues – Key replaced as leader (dated February 2010)

  2. Daveski 2

    “Standard Congratulates Key and Maori Party on Historic Agreement”

    Watch out, this could be like a tennis match … you serve, I return serve and on and on and on.

    That was an impressive spoof nonetheless.

  3. Im sure families of love ones over in Iraq would of loved that joke.

  4. Tane 4

    It’s “would have”, Brett, not “would of”. Anyway, who appointed you spokesman for the families of loved ones over in Iraq? Oh, no one? Then stop being so bloody PC.

  5. iheartmjs 5

    Brett’s one uv dem kids wot leav skewl witowt litrissy an noomrassy, ay?

  6. Scribe 6


    How about: “Tane, SP and lprent congratulate Key, National on election victory”? 😉

    captcha: nowadays Europe (ahhh, socialism comes to the US)

  7. Tigger 7

    Can’t wait to see the headlines later today/tomorrow with the National/ACT reaction to Rickards getting a practising certificate…

  8. Lampie 8

    Rickards Appointed Hide’s Lawyer, Key Sued

  9. Daveski 9

    After the previous thread, at least some humour to lift things.

    I liked Tane’s comments elsewhere about the Korean Democratic Republic too

  10. Rex Widerstrom 10

    The fake NYT site seems to have collapsed. Or been taken down. Hopefully the real NYT’s lawyers aren’t playing nasty.

    Didn’t like that “Public relations industry starts to shut down” headline much… there aren’t many transferable skills I could bring to other professions. Is there much call for a 900 number providing excuses why you’ll be home late when you’re actually at the pub, maybe?

    I was hoping it’d be balanced in the “Lobbyists are citizens too” article but now I can’t read it. Bah!!

    I like this fake headline game…

    “NZ survives full moon without crime wave: Annette King demands return to Julian calendar”

    “Goff ‘cannot recall’ being in Cabinet with Douglas: ‘It couldn’t be him, the guy I knew had a moustache”

    “Labour commits to fighting ‘anti-democratic’ EFA; demands to inquiry to find those responsible”

    “Ron Mark demands tougher line on unemployment beneficiaries; denies this is an attempt to jump to front of queue”

    “Peters maintains denials of selling influence; leaves Parliament in diamond encrusted gold coach drawn by six white racehorses”


  11. Tane 11

    ‘It couldn’t be him, the guy I knew had a moustache’


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