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Faux Flying Hotel Sends Bloggers Who Don't Fact Check Into a Frenzy

 - Mar 31, 2009
References: hotelicopter & blog.wired
Browsing the net looking for a new hot product on the market? Your task as a consumer is to figure out if this site is legitimate or a hoax. Just Google "Hotelicopter" and you will find out that many websites are inviting you to "Elevate your stay with Hotelicopter."

The most convincing part is the website for this new Hotel--it features a full story and detailed travel schedule. If you refuse to research your info properly in the first place, or even refuse to correct stories properly, the hoax will survive.

The first sign that the Hotelicopter is a hoax is this quote from the Hotelicopter site: "The Hotelicopter is modeled on the Soviet-made Mil V-12, of which there were only two prototypes made." Unfortunately, the Soviets' two helicopters couldn't be purchased by anyone. One of them crashed and the second is at the museum.

Recently my friend got stuck for few hours at the Heathrow Airport and I booked him a room in a Yotel, the hotels located inside airport terminals. Hotelicopter's interiors are an exact copy of Yotel interiors. After a little investigation I came to find out that the Hotelicopter really is nothing more than a website full of fairy tales.

Two thumbs up for a sweet April Fool's Day joke.