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[OMFG] Modern Day ‘War of the Worlds’ Panic Out of Italy

From The Guardian UK comes a pretty OMFG news story out of Italy.

In a modern day version of what happened with Orson Welles’s 1938 radio adaptation of “The War of the Worlds” (Telling HG Wells’s story of an alien invasion by means of realistic news bulletins, Welles created genuine panic), more than 430,000 people have clicked on a YouTube clip purporting to be from an Italian news bulletin reporting the imminent arrival of extraterrestrials.

The snippet is from a film, L’ultimo terrestre (The Last Earthling), to be shown at the Venice film festival later this month.

Watch the videos and read more about this insane story inside.(continued) But the newsreader is the clip a real TV journalist, Maria Cuffaro, who presents prime-time bulletins on the state-owned RAI network.

Without the trace of a smile, she reports that, following an emergency cabinet meeting, the government has issued a statement reassuring the country that the aliens do not pose any danger to the population and urging them not to stockpile food or water.

Rather less comfortingly, Cuffaro says there is no intention of interrupting essential services such as gas and electricity “for the moment”.

Still poker-faced, she goes on to tell viewers that the Vatican will soon make public previously secret passages in the Bible that forecast the arrival of extraterrestrials. And she quotes a priest as calling on the faithful to consult a fictitious encyclical, Adventus Marzianus.

RAI asked people to heed Cuffaro’s advice and not be panicked into hoarding — a call that may have been needed given the uncanny realism of the video extract: a broken sentence at the start shows the arrival of creatures from outer space is not the lead item, but has been pushed down the running order by injuries to two of the players in the Italian national football squad.



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