02 April 2008

Did the Turkish media fall for the "flying penguins" April Fool’s hoax?

Yesterday, April 1st, the BBC released a video narrated by Terry Jones of Monty Python fame that showed plump penguins soaring thru the Antarctic skies on their stubby wings towards their wintering grounds in the jungles of South America. The video was apparently a promotion for the BBC’s upcoming series Miracles of Evolution.

I know from experience that when it comes to science reporting, the Turkish media is quite naive, shallow and simplistic. A Google search this morning using the phrase uçan penguenler (flying penguins) returned about 1190 hits.

Here are some links to Turkish news sites regurgitating what they had seen on the BBC announcement:

Mynet haber

Haber Turk

SonDakika

It’s not possible to tell if they were aware that this was a joke. A day later, however, at least one site had realized that this was all a hoax:

Haber 3


1 comment:

John said...

It's interesting that some news outlets would take it seriously.