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Sunday, 5 August 2001

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Just left of center - the bus

It was just one gigantic hoax, folks! Those colourful Sunday Sport stories from the eighties that gripped the nation's imagination were nothing more than barefaced lies!

We can now reveal that the majority of these so-called 'exclusive' stories published during the 1980's, had no substance to them whatsoever.

One such story, which claimed that a London bus had been discovered in Antarctica, a short distance from the South Pole, was a total fabrication.

David Grimble, the head of the MVD (Mislaid Vehicle Department) at London Transport, gave us his backing: "None of our buses went missing during that period," he stressed.

"The only record of one of our buses going astray, was during the early sixties when a vehicle was hijacked by a group of young musicians. Thankfully it was later recovered in Athens.

"But the South Pole! A back loader! Don't make me laugh! Can you imagine sitting downstairs on the back seat? It would have been absolutely bloody freezing. Anyway, I've checked up and there isn't even a bus station there."

Another article which had the nation buzzing, was a story about a Lancaster bomber from the Second World War which was spotted on the moon by an orbiting space probe. "That was absolute poppycock!" said Flight Lieutenant Basil Robson-Snook. "The photograph was scrutinised painstakingly over several months by top RAF identification experts, and it was shown to be absolutely and undoubtedly 100' fake.

"A clever one at that, but eventually the aeroplane in the photograph was proven beyond doubt to be a Spitfire. Lancaster Bomber, indeed!"

"Some folk will go to great lengths to fool the people," said Elvis Presley when we rang him at his home in Leeds. Elvis, 66, who faked his own death and fled to Britain in 1977 to escape mounting media attention, admitted that he used to be an avid reader of The Sunday Sport. "Me and Adolf used to read it all the time," he said.

The story above is a satire or parody. It is entirely fictitious.

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