The article, which said the melons were creating a “rise in fruit aliens”, now links to a statement saying it was published in error and appears to have been made to test the publication’s content management system.
“Earlier today, a mock article intended for a testing system was published on our site in error,” a spokesperson for The New York Times told HuffPost. “The article has since been removed,” they added.
In case you want a taste of the melony action, an archived copy of the story was found and it contained key lines such as:
“The FBI declined to comment on reports of watermelons raining down but confirmed that kiwis have been intercepted. This story is terribly boring.”
“Watermelon taste good, police say.”
Hard-hitting journalism, then.
But reacting to the publication’s clarification, people were disappointed that it wasn’t real:
What a shame. Still, seems that the team at the New York Times know how to make testing an article fun.