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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 happening however no such fertile girl had been discovered.

The girl-hunt began after information businesses and newspaper correspondents started to get queries which merely said 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 that they had any such report.

On the Resort Dieu, massive maternity hospital close to Notre-Dame Cathedral, they stated nothing of the type had occurred there however that that they had had about twenty queries on the topic.

Representatives of the French Ministry of Info additionally have been attempting to hint the rumor. In some way the handle of a constructing within the Rue Galande was talked about and twenty journalists invaded the place and went by 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 fastened up the story and instructed 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.

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