Isn't it a strange news
day with melons, cops, and fruit aliens on Mars
The New York Times
accidentally published and then deleted a spoof report about watermelons discovered on Mars on Thursday, causing social media
to explode with laughter.
The headline of the article, written by "Joe Schmoe," read, "Fields of Watermelons Found on Mars, Police
“Authorities say the rise of fruit aliens is to blame for the glut of outer space
watermelons,” the report continued, as seen in an archived version, adding, “The FBI
declined to comment on reports of watermelons raining down, but confirmed that kiwis have been intercepted. This story is terribly boring.”
It went on to say, "police say watermelon tastes good."
The article was quickly removed and now links to a statement claiming that it was published in error; it appears that it was created to test a content management system and was accidentally released into the public domain.
“Earlier today, a mock article intended for a testing system was published on our site in error,” a New York Times spokesperson told Stardia, adding that the article had been removed.
Readers were disappointed to learn that the space melon discovery was a hoax, while others were ready to throw their tinfoil hats in the air. Check out the Twitter
Cowards, put it back up pic.twitter.com/bJ3prvSuJR — Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) June 8, 2021
— ElleCue (@ElleCue) June 8, 2021
What's going on at the New York Times? pic.twitter.com/Ff5L24zZNk — Jon Christian (@Jon_Christian) June 8, 2021
I'm a little disappointed it's not a 10,000-word feature with interactive visuals. https://t.co/YL6yQGZSUw
— Tony Ho Tran (@TonyHoWasHere) June 8, 2021
Watermelons from Mars, for example: https://t.co/lgyoN8G1ar
— Chris Taylor (@christaylor_nyc) June 8, 2021
I'll most likely be fired for this, if not worse, but it'll be worth it. The watermelons are real. — Robin Berjon (@robinberjon) June 8, 2021
i'm being silenced https://t.co/338ii496Uv
— cara giaimo (@cjgiaimo) June 8, 2021
We deserve to know the truth about Martian watermelons, NYT. https://t.co/0MkOPIozCV—Jeremy
C. Shipp (they/them) (@JeremyCShipp) June 8, 2021
"So, have you heard about the, um.. watermelons on Mars?" I asked my sources on the phone, June 8, 2021. https://t.co/BWnj911j1r
— Marina Koren (@marinakoren)
— Scott Kominers (@skominers) June 8, 2021