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The Bellinghman
Date: 2011-04-01 12:34
Subject: Sneaky, BBC, sneaky
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At a scant 8 minutes past midnight this morning, this article was posted on the BBC News website. It purports to describe a possible electric Roller.

This would appear to be an April Fool.

Except for this 3 week old article in European Car News.
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2011-04-01 12:10 (UTC)
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It is very suspicious, I agree. But though producing material ahead of time that is only revealed on the day is fine, actually releasing stuff to the public back in March would be definite cheating. So I'm going for an impractical concept that's exploring technologies.
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Sarcasticia Nitpickerson
User: tisiphone
Date: 2011-04-01 12:47 (UTC)
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I don't know, the language as you go on in the BBC report is distinctly un-newslike. Speculating that Rolls buyers might buy the electric version simply because it's more expensive would not ordinarily make it past the editor's desk, I don't think.
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2011-04-01 13:06 (UTC)
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Yeah. But an article mentioning the vehicle has been there in Wikipedia since mid February - and linked to from the main Rolls Royce page, too.

So I'm going for a deliberate attempt to make something look like an April Fool that isn't. Ditto for the National Trust Silly Places Walks article.
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Sarcasticia Nitpickerson
User: tisiphone
Date: 2011-04-01 13:07 (UTC)
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Yes, possibly.

(Alternative hypothesis: Rolls-Royce has, at the age of 105, developed an elaborate sense of humor and has been punking us since February...)
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