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Mossback's Northwest

The Northwest’s most notable hoaxes

Mossback's Northwest

The Northwest’s most notable hoaxes

5m 20s

Sometimes so-called “fake news” makes real news. We focus on three famous Seattle hoaxes that shook up the region: an April Fool’s report that the Space Needle had collapsed, a fake “grunge lexicon” that fooled the New York Times, and a prank that sold 83,000 cups of chowder.

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Northwest Oystermania

The Olympia oyster is the Pacific Coast's only indigenous oyster. Tiny compared to other oysters, the Olympia was for decades raked out of Washington's beds by the ton, to feeding hungry gold diggers in California and Northwestern lumbermen. Invasive Japanese oysters took over its habitat, but the might Olympia might be making a comeback, thanks to interested shellfish farmers.

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