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The noughties: an age of fleeting plausibility

This has been a decade in which we allowed ourselves to believe the most unlikely stories. Why?

By Tim Footman   January 2010

Microsoft’s “megawoosh”: a faked waterslide jump got millions of YouTube views.

To see this and seven other top “faked” moments of the decade click here.

How to sum up the noughties? Perhaps by showing the YouTube clip of a man careering down a giant water slide, flying over the ramp lip, and travelling 200ft in a perfect arc across a deserted valley, only to land in a tiny paddling pool. It seemed a miraculous stunt, in which the slightest miscalculation would see the prankster splattered onto the hillside. The clip seized the popular imagination in August, attracting over 1.4m…

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