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Reporter sees joke about meteor hitting ‘War of the Worlds’ town, calls cops

http://twitter.com/#!/NathanWurtzel/status/315264142456000513

Ha! Indeed it did.

Hearing reports meteor landed near Grovers Mill, NJ.

— Nathan Wurtzel (@NathanWurtzel) March 23, 2013

That New Jersey community was, of course, the site of the “Martian landings” that panicked people listening to Orson Welles’ 1938 radio adaptation of “War of the Worlds.” Good thing Star-Ledger reporter Tomás Dinges was around to fact-check the “supposed event”:

@nathanwurtzel where are you hearing this? Cops say they have received no phone calls about this supposed event.

— Tomás Dinges (@tomasdinges) March 23, 2013

He contacted the police. Hilarious! Google is hard. So very hard.

@tomasdinges Do me a favor and Google Grovers Mill 🙂

— Nathan Wurtzel (@NathanWurtzel) March 23, 2013

After a little digging, Dinges seemed to understand the joke.

@nathanwurtzel I love it.

— Tomás Dinges (@tomasdinges) March 23, 2013

But never let some completely unnecessary investigative reporting go to waste!

I Tweet this: twitter.com/NathanWurtzel/… and NJs biggest newspaper writes this (go to second to last paragraph): nj.com/news/index.ssf…

— Nathan Wurtzel (@NathanWurtzel) March 23, 2013

From Dinges’ write-up:

A tweet declaring a meteor may have landed in the Grovers Mill section of West Windsor Township was unfounded, according to local police, who said they have not received any phone calls tonight regarding the event.

@debitking Considering he found me on Twitter and I told him to Google “Grovers Mill” I don’t quite understand why that paragraph is there.

— Nathan Wurtzel (@NathanWurtzel) March 23, 2013

Update:

After his amusing encounter with Dinges, Twitter user Nathan Wurtzel has adopted a new avatar.

nathan-wurtzel

Nicely done!

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2013/03/23/oops-nj-reporter-sees-joke-about-meteor-hitting-war-of-the-worlds-town-contacts-police/

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