The Great Twitter Girl-In-A-Noodle Hoax

Over the weekend, on Saturday night, @chicagobars posted this tweet:

Word immediately began to spread around Twitter that someone was trapped inside the giant noodle sculpture across from Wrigley Field.

Half-an-hour later, @chicagobars posted an update.

It all seemed quite plausible. People could imagine how it might occur to a drunken reveler to crawl inside the noodle and then get stuck inside. So the news was retweeted and re-retweeted, magnified in the great Twitter echo chamber.

Until finally @chicagobars admitted the truth. There was no girl trapped inside the noddle. It had all just been a joke. The giveaway was that the name "Jessica Morales" was an allusion to Baby Jessica, who fell down a well in 1987.

And it turns out it wouldn't have been possible for anyone to get trapped inside the noodle anyway. Both ends of the noodle are sealed shut. (link: Red Eye Chicago)

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Posted on Tue Apr 17, 2012

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