1946: Septuplet Rumor Fools Reporters in Paris
Paris was subjected to an intensive search final night time by French and overseas newspaper reporters who forgot worldwide politics and different types of information when the rumor unfold that someplace within the metropolis a girl had given start to seven infants, or septuplets. At midnight the frantic search was nonetheless occurring however no such fertile lady had been discovered.
The lady-hunt began after information companies and newspaper correspondents started to get queries which merely acknowledged that “American Telegraph” had reported the a number of start. No handle or title was given however the pack turned out. Hospitals have been checked and police have been requested if they’d any such report.
On the Lodge Dieu, giant maternity hospital close to Notre-Dame Cathedral, they stated nothing of the kind had occurred there however that they’d had about twenty queries on the topic.
Representatives of the French Ministry of Info additionally have been making an attempt to hint the rumor. One way or the other the handle of a constructing within the Rue Galande was talked about and twenty journalists invaded the place and went by means of the constructing knocking on doorways and asking if anyone had had seven infants there. Nonetheless no luck.
It was not till far into the night time that it was found that the hunt had been began as the results of a sensible joke. A gaggle of his colleagues mounted up the story and informed it to a French police reporter. He fell for it hook, line and sinker and earlier than lengthy the factor had gotten out of hand.
— The Worldwide Herald Tribune, Feb. 21, 1946.