It’s pretty easy to hoax people. We all want to be deceived, but only up to a point. Some hoaxes are fun and pleasant, others malicious and unpleasant. We’d like a way to tell the difference (Robert Carroll).

Oct 9, 2008

Penguins Flying Hoax

Category: April’s Fool Day Hoaxes

April Fool Day of this year, 2008, produced one remarkable Hoax, that should be included in the list of the best hoaxes of all times.

This is announcement for the footage presentation by Neil Midgley on April, 2008:

The BBC will today screen remarkable footage of penguins flying as part of its new natural history series, Miracles of Evolution. Camera crews discovered a colony of Adelie penguins while filming on King George Island, some 750 miles south of the Falkland Islands.

The programme is being presented by ex-Monty Python star Terry Jones, who said: "We’d been watching the penguins and filming them for days, without a hint of what was to come.
"But then the weather took a turn for the worse. It was quite amazing. Rather than getting together in a huddle to protect themselves from the cold, they did something quite unexpected, that no other penguins can do."

BBC1 viewers will see the penguins not only take flight from the Antarctic wastes, but fly thousands of miles to the Amazonian rainforest to find winter sun.

"The film reveals nature’s stunning glory in exciting and unexpected ways, so much so that it defies belief," said Mr Jones.

"Not only does it create a vivid and emotional experience for the viewer, it also illustrates just how bold and simple Darwin’s idea of natural selection was."

How that sounds? Pretty good. And now see the amazing footage itself, hosted by Terry Jones:

Actually, this brilliant and well produced April Fools Day prank by BBC has one distinct marketing goal - to promote the BBC iPlayer.
And now, when you already saw the documentary, review behind the scenes look for the Flying Penguins Documentary prank.

Flying penguins - behind the scenes
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