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Claim: Web site will reveal an "astounding" discovery to the world on
Origins: 12 October 2002 was the launch date of www.8march2003.com, a mysterious site detailing, in fanciful tabloid style, a tale about the accidental discovery of an abandoned camera, the earth-shaking (but unexplained) revelations disclosed by the development of the film found within it, and stock conspiracy plot elements involving hacked computers, tapped phones, and secret agents, all related by an innocent chronicler of events now forced to live his life on the run as he dodges bad guys and promises to reveal something "astounding" to the world through his web site on
Dear readers,This was followed ten days later by an addendum:
This site was originally posted as a piece of writing with purposeful clues and discrepancies to indicate it's fictitious nature leading up to a
Most people have sent emails indicating that they enjoyed the site and looked forward to finding out about the potential release of a variety of things such as a new movie, computer game, SLR camera, novel, camera film and the list goes on.
There are some that have taken this site too seriously, and it has been brought to my attention that innocent people have been implicated as the creators of this site. I therefore feel it is appropriate to make this announcement. As many have pointed out, if the story was for real it would have been shut down by now.
If you still wish to follow this event, please enjoy it as a fictitious story leading up to what will be revealed on the above mentioned date. If there is enough interest, the original story may be
Thank you for your overwhelming positive response. I have posted some of the emails that I've received during the last month for your viewing.Nothing substantive was revealed on
The purpose behind this site was to create intrigue, fascination and interest leading up to what this event is about. It has certainly achieved that objective. Once again, apologies to anyone who took it too seriously.
Now that the nature of this campaign has been revealed, please enjoy the adventure leading up to March 8 2003
Last updated: 30 October 2007
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