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Thursday Trivia

By FederalDaily Staff

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Government fact or fiction?

With the growing number of conspiracy theorists, the specter of Big Brother, and a history of sometimes byzantine and confusing regulations, it's no wonder the federal government has figured in more than a few hoaxes. Which of the following was not a hoax?

A. In 1996, restaurant chain Taco Bell announced that it had purchased the Liberty Bell in an effort to help reduce government debts.

B. In a bid to solve Portugal's national debt problems, Portugal football (soccer for us Yanks) star Cristiano Ronaldo was sold to Spain for a whopping €160m.

C. Britain planned to introduce an air tariff control system that would tax areas with fresher air while more polluted cities, such as London and Manchester, would be due for a rebate.

D. The Selective Service used mailing lists from an ice cream parlor's birthday club to track young men eligible for the draft.

E. The U.S. Postal Service planned to launch a  Portable ZIP Codes program, through which Americans would be able to keep their current ZIP codes no matter where they moved.

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The answer is D. According to hoax busting site Snopes.com, the Selective Service used a list broker who had mistakenly included names and addresses of the members of the ice cream parlor's birthday club.

The others are all hoaxes. You can read more about them.

A. The Taco Bell Liberty Bell purchase

B. The soccer star sold to reduce national debt

C. Britain's fresh air tax

E. The Portable ZIP Codes program

Posted by FederalDaily Staff on Mar 29, 2012 at 4:02 PM


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