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Mice Net : August 2008
the hoax With the most The “Hoax Master”, Chris De Havilland has a few stories from his illustrious career speaking as an expert in almost everything. He opened a building in a city CBD as a US futures guru to have its Lord Mayor at the time invite him to attend the official opening of the new city centre along with HRH Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip. He’s been the recipient of regal treatment from managing directors of international hotels when they believed he was Balmoral Castle’s “royal caterer” to opening Singapore’s airport extension, and the list goes on. Perhaps the cheekiest stunt he pulled was about a year ago for a media event. It was arranged to reinforce the very noble message of water safety - specifically in relation to backyard pools and rural damns. Here’s where the media journalists showed their bloodhound talents. Because statistics showed that 28 families had lost a child under the age of five years within the last 12 months due to drowning, Chris created a Canadian business entrepreneur who was set to turn Lake Burley Griffin into an underwater adventure park. Living underneath the surface would be 28 families! It worked in well with the theme of kids not being taught that water can be dangerous. The TV and radio journalists turned up to the lunch/launch because the idea of a national attraction in the national capital is news. In full fat suit and false teeth, the curious “Canadian” was interviewed by TV and radio. The invitation was given to stay for the lunch or at least phone back later… the radio interviewer accepted, the TV reporter didn’t. The hoax master presented, took questions, then revealed himself to get the important message across. The lunch was a great success and the audience had a great time. Yes, the radio station reported the complete picture about the time the hoax story was headlining the 6 o’clock TV news! The local TV channel seemed to miss the point but ABC’s Media Watch relished the tale. They ran a complete program based on the lack of investigation in the media and featured it stating, “*** News Drowns in Hoax!” Article submitted by firstname.lastname@example.org off With a bang Local pyrotechnicians were arranged by a professional conference organiser but nobody, it seems, informed the local fire brigade or anybody else for that matter that an in- house fireworks display would be occurring. The modest budget for the event blew out dramatically when the fire department stormed the venue’s five-star ballroom with helmets, hoses and axes at the ready right into the middle of the international conference. Hello boys! chicken overload Staff at a major venue had their taste for chicken drumsticks well and truly satisfied after the chef ordered raw chicken drumsticks instead of gelato drumsticks for a morning coffee break for 1200 guests. The main meal on the staff canteen for the next little while was… you guessed it – chicken drumsticks! mice.net 71