Friday, February 26, 2010

CNN Falls For World's First Hot Dog Hoax


CNN aired a fascinating story about an ancient, 140-year-old hot dog found in Coney Island recently.

Organizers from the CONEY ISLAND HISTORY PROJECT put the "fossilized" hot dog and bun on display, saying that it was found while the city demolished FELTMAN's KITCHEN, one of ASTROLAND's old eateries "where the first hot dog was made."

It froze into a block of ice, according to the CNN report.

But, whoops!

The whole thing was a publicity stunt "in the grand tradition of Coney Island ballyhoo," TRICIA VITA, spokeswoman for the history project, wrote in a press release

CNN Falls For World's First Hot Dog Hoax

[Cable news outlet NEWS 12 sent a crew to document the old dog. The piece was picked up by CNN and aired nationally.]

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