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  1. In 2012, Taliban spokesman Yousef Ahmadi accidentally used 'CC' instead of 'BCC' when sending a press release, thereby exposing the names and emails of more than 400 Taliban press contacts.

  2. When a persistent Washington DC bookstore clerk exposed Stephen King as the true author of books written under the name Richard Bachman, King's publishers sent out a press release announcing Bachman's death from "cancer of the pseudonym."

  3. During a press conference in June 1943 Congressman Andrew May noted that Japanese depth charges detonated too soon to be effective. The Japanese changed depth charge tactics after the press releases, killing 800 US submariners

  4. When Gmail was introduced with an unbelievable 1GB free storage in 2004, Hotmail only offered 2MB. Google announced Gmail on April 1st, and wrote a punny and unprofessional press release, tricking many into thinking it was an April's fool joke

  5. In the 1910s/20s a wolf spent 9 years massacring livestock in the town of Custer, South Dakota. He evaded hunters, traps, and poison. He kept two coyotes as servants/lookouts. And when he was finally killed the government issued a press release.

  6. During the run-up to the Gulf War, Muhammad Ali travelled to Iraq and personally secured the release of 15 American hostages being detained by Saddam Hussein, despite the US Government and press condemning the mission and Ali as 'another egomaniacal celebrity out of his depth'.

  7. Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon album was so popular, it had a German factory pressing nothing but that album 34 years after it was first released

  8. A doctored photo of an American baby was falsely circulated as Hitler's baby photo by the international press in the 1930s. This prompted Nazi authorities to release a real baby photo to prove that Hitler was in fact a cute baby.

  9. We only use about 30% of our muscle strength, even when we feel we exert ourselves. A guy was able to lift 1,200 lb boulder off himself by releasing all the power in his muscles, 1.5Xs world record bench press.

  10. A documentary team set up a sting that fooled millions into thinking chocolate helps weight loss.They did it by running a study, performing p-hacking, using a for fee science journal to publish the paper and issuing a press release picked up uncritically across the world by major publications

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A 1982 'Far Side' comic confused so many readers, Gary Larson had to explain its meaning in a press release.

A press release titled "RAFF Captures Flying Saucer on Ranch in Roswell Region" was released by the army base.

Bessie Smith's first record was titled Cemetery Blues was released on September 26, 1923. Both sides of the record became hit songs. Columbia Records nicknamed Bessie Smith Queen of the Blues but the press began calling her the Empress of the Blues.

One of the first hoaxes to reach a mass audience through the Internet was a falsified AP press release in 1994 that claimed Microsoft was going to buy the Roman Catholic Church in exchange for an “unspecified number of shares” of its common stock.

The Kazakh gov't placed a 4-page ad in The NYTimes discussing Kazakh culture in response to the movie Borat. Borat responded with a "press release" consisting of random Cyrillic characters.

Pink Floyd boycotted the press release of The Dark Side of the Moon, as it presented the stereophonic version of the album, not the then-not-ready quadraphonic one. Instead of the real musicians, guests were presented with life-sized cardboard cut-outs of the band.

When a key is pressed on the organ, the note sounds until the key is released, unlike when playing a key on a piano.

A second press release by the army claimed that the debris was from a weather balloon, contradicting the first press release.

Since 1986 there have been press releases issued to announce the April Fools" Day Parade in New York City. No such parade exists.

The Wu-Tang Clan has compiled and plans to release a "secret album" with only ONE pressing made available

The band Pink Floyd protested the press release of their album "The Dark Side of the Moon" and the audience was instead treated to four cardboard cutouts of the band members.

William S. Burroughs and Jack Kerouac wrote a book together in 1945 titled And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks. The book went unpublished until 2008 when Grove Press and Penguin Books released it.

The DOD had a press release about Robin Williams when he passed away.

In the 2003 provincial election in Ontario, Canada, one candidate issued an official press release referring to his opponent as an "evil reptilian kitten-eater from another planet".

In 2001 a Green Party member's office in New Zealand was fooled by the DHMO scare, and announced that they would support the campaign to ban the toxic substance. The National Party released a press release criticizing the Green Party but didn"t mention they had also fallen for the same hoax six years prior.

In 2000, the band Europe released a remix of 'The Final Countdown', but the first pressing had a misprint that left the first 'o' out in 'Countdown'. The band later called the remix 'a disaster' and said they 'wouldnt put water on it if it was on fire!'

A UK physicist, G.I. Taylor, upset the US Army by determining the yield of the Trinity bomb using dimensional analysis and some PR photos released to the press.

In 1967 the UK Electric Vehicle Association put out a press release stating that Britain had more battery-electric vehicles than the rest of the world put together. Upon closer inspection the research showed that almost all the battery driven vehicles licensed for UK road use were milk floats.

A research scientist recently made a press release claiming he had discovered chocolate milk helps protect against (and heal) brain injuries, only for it later to be revealed that he had received an undisclosed $200,000 from a chocolate milk company to do so.

In 1993 the band (Dwarves) issued a press release stating their guitarist He Who Cannot Be Named had been stabbed to death in Philadelphia. They included a tribute to him on their album of that year. It was a hoax and Sub Pop dropped them from the label.

The producer/director of Final Fantasy XIV, apologized for the terrible game they released at a press release for the newly rebuilt game. He cried during his speech claiming he will make up for bringing shame on the franchise.

Led Zeppelin released their forth album without their name on the cover to prevent pigeonholing by the press.

After Michael Jordan's first retirement, he signed an MiLB contract with the Chicago White Sox. After quitting due to that year's strike, he announced his midseason return to the NBA with a two-word press release: "I'm back". The Bulls, reenergized by his comeback, made that season's playoffs.

A computer analysis of the "Ramey Memo" from an original photo featured in a July 1947 press release about the Roswell Weather Balloon / Flying Saucer incident suggests that there were "victims of the wreck" and references a transport by "B29-ST" (Special Transport) or "C47"

News stories come mostly from press releases. And from a handful of corporate reporting agencies like Associated Press and Reuters.