Oops! NJ reporter sees joke about meteor hitting ‘War of the Worlds’ town, contacts police

Ha! Indeed it did.

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”:

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

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

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

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.

Update:

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

nathan-wurtzel

Nicely done!

  • Jack Deth

    I’m pretty sure I have that Orson Welles and the Mercury Radio Theater recording of “War of the Worlds” on vinyl.

    Check the town registry for:

    John Yaya
    John Smallberries and
    John Bigboote (Pronounced Boo-tay)

    • Kimihiro Watanuki

      I have it on an MP3. I do a history of radio unit for an after school program. I usually play X-1 stuff, but I may have to switch it up.

    • maplebob23

      Double plus good!

    • TexSizzle

      Don’t forget their leader, John Whorfin, or their nemesis, John Parker. And I think the third one you listed is spelled BigButé.

  • http://apostrophejones.com/ Gloves Donahue, Jr.

    Tell him he must get a message to Mr. Gort in Washington:
    “Klaatu barada nikto.”

  • http://twitter.com/die_mich_zwei Spatial Awareness

    SO. MUCH. FAIL. ==> “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.”

  • http://www.freedomreconnection.com CO2 Producer

    “Dinges”? Oh. That’s unfortunately ironic.

  • TocksNedlog

    Another juicebox scoop!
    Film at 11.

    [Wait a minute; is he allowed to stay up that late?]

  • Donna W

    I still listen to that broadcast..so cool! Makes housecleaning not so boring lol

    You can listen free here:

    http://archive.org/details/OrsonWellesMrBruns