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Edinburgh’s “Greyfriars Bobby” was a scam
Posted: 05 August 2011 06:48 AM   [ Ignore ]
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“Greyfriar’s Bobby” was a dog who supposedly kept faithful watch at his dead master’s grave in Edinburgh between 1858 and 1872.

But it was a scam to lure tourists, historian Jan Bondeson says.

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Posted: 05 August 2011 07:44 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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I had read before that it was unlikely the story we knew really happened, but I wasn’t aware that it might have been a scam.  Not the first tourist trap, but one of the more famous ones I guess.

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Posted: 05 August 2011 09:43 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Yeah. The Scots have a knack for that. Nessie is another case (imho) of a deliberate scam to place a village on the tourist map.

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Posted: 05 August 2011 12:17 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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LaMa - 05 August 2011 01:43 PM

Yeah. The Scots have a knack for that. Nessie is another case (imho) of a deliberate scam to place a village on the tourist map.

in fairness the first account was in the life of St Columba by Adomn

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Posted: 05 August 2011 01:07 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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LaMa - 05 August 2011 01:43 PM

Yeah. The Scots have a knack for that. Nessie is another case (imho) of a deliberate scam to place a village on the tourist map.

Yeah, like the Roswell tourism.

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Posted: 05 August 2011 05:56 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Roswell technically wasn’t a scam, it was a legitimate secret program coverup.  But locals know a good thing when they see it, and boy did they ever profit from it when they became a Mecca for nutters.

Nessie is pretty much the same - the locals profit from it unashamedly, but the stories weren’t originally created for that purpose.

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Posted: 05 August 2011 09:22 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Yeah, but I didn’t call the Roswell incident a scam, I was referring to the Roswell tourism business.

Can’t let the facts or the lack of evidence get in the way of making some $$$$$$....

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Posted: 06 August 2011 07:28 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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sensibleken - 05 August 2011 04:17 PM
LaMa - 05 August 2011 01:43 PM

Yeah. The Scots have a knack for that. Nessie is another case (imho) of a deliberate scam to place a village on the tourist map.

in fairness the first account was in the life of St Columba by Adomn

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Posted: 06 August 2011 08:42 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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LaMa - 05 August 2011 10:48 AM

“Greyfriar’s Bobby” was a dog who supposedly kept faithful watch at his dead master’s grave in Edinburgh between 1858 and 1872.

But it was a scam to lure tourists, historian Jan Bondeson says.

Shhh!  zipper

LaMa - 06 August 2011 11:28 AM

The first “modern” sigthing at Loch Ness was right after completion of the A82 along the Loch and through Drumnadrochit, bringing tourists on their way to Inverness. This first “modern” sighting was done by (badabum badabum…!)...: a Hotel owner from Drumnadrochit. Heh, she would have no interest at all in attracting the tourists now touring to Inverness over the A82 to stay in Drumnadrochit ....  wink

But can you pronounce Drumnadrochit? wink

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