- Posted February 17, 2014 by
Vatican.com Gets Pranked About Its "Olympic Team"
"Vatican.com", a news/travel/history site geared toward those planning to tour the world's smallest nation, in person or online, was pranked by a Wikipedia page about a "Vatican Olympic Team". No such team exists.
The Wiki page clearly states that the entry should be treated with humor and adds, "Please do not take it seriously." Vatican.com's Facebook page has over 59,000 "likes."
It seems an editor on this Vatican website simply cut and pasted the bogus Wikipedia entry, which is evocative of the Onion, assuming it was fact.
Both the Wiki page, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Aridd/Through_the_hidden_door/Main/Vatican_City_at_the_2012_Summer_Olympics, and the Vatican link, http://vatican.com/articles/info/vatican_olympic_team_of_2012-a4133 state, among other whoppers, "The Vatican Olympic team 2012 participated in the fields of football, synchronized swimming, athletics, canoeing and boxing. During the London Olympic Games of 2012, the Vatican Olympic team managed to win one medal: a silver medal in synchronized swimming.... Synchronized swimming was represented by Paolo Moretti and Ahmed al-Abdulla;"
In fact there is no such thing in the Olympics as a male synchronized swimming team, although such a team was lampooned on a popular Saturday Night Live sketch by commedians Harry Shearer and Martin Short.
The article(s) continue, "The Vatican City created some measure of surprise by defeating Portugal 2-0 in its opening match. Portuguese coach Jorge Ramos subsequently suggested that his players had been torn between their desire to win, and the fear that scoring goals against 'God's football team' might constitute blasphemy."
The article appearing in Vatican.com is dated June 30, 2013. So far no one has remarked in the comment box under the article.