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LINGUIST List 17.586

Wed Feb 22 2006

Media: The Pottery Recording Video is a Fake

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        1.    Mike Matloff, The Pottery Recording Video is a Fake


Message 1: The Pottery Recording Video is a Fake
Date: 21-Feb-2006
From: Mike Matloff <michelhooyahoo.com>
Subject: The Pottery Recording Video is a Fake


I am sorry to report that the video 'documentary' on the supposed ancient
recording in the grooves of pottery is a complete (but elaborate) hoax that
was apparently perpetrated as part of a 2005 April Fool's joke. I wish to
thank Dr. Young of the University of Newcastle on Tyne and Dr. Hall of Ohio
State University for pointing this out to me.

I initially found the 'story' on The Raw Feed (http://therawfeed.com) which
is a generally well-respected news source and has never let me down before.
No mention is made on the main page that the story is a fake; however, if
you click on the comments section, you will see that others have commented
to that effect. Apparently this video was made by a Belgium film student as
part of his portfolio. This appears to be his Web page:

http://www.bilgesehir.com/c_filmo_principale/e_vases_sonores/Bilge%20Sehir%20-%20Vases%20sonores.htm

I do not see the humor in making such a film, especially in light of the
fact that there is no subtitle or any indication whatsoever given that the
video is a farce.

At any rate, please accept my apologies.

Mike

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