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But I really want to believe it!




Posted at 21:18 by Sadly, No!

Via Trying to Grok, we learn that everybody’s favorite lovers of all things French, Merde in France, are quoting as true this news item:

Paris airports authority remove all mention of collapsed 2E

Aeroports de Paris (ADP), the state authority in charge of Roissy Charles de Gaulle Airport have removed all mention of the tragedy-struck Terminal 2E from their website within a day of the disaster. see www.adp.fr The authority’s website has no news of the disaster but what is extraordinary is their revision of maps of the airport to make it look as if there never was a 2E.

At left the upper of the two maps is the ADP map which for Terminal 2 shows halls A, B, C, D, and F. But no E! It is still shown clearly in the bottom righthand corner of the lower map which is from the World Airports Guide.

The Soviets redid the photographs of officials on the reviewers stand of past May Day parades whenever Stalin had one of his former close colleagues shot. But they were never as quick as this to rewrite history. [Emphasis added.]

Trying to Grok (TTG) then throws in for good measure:

Wow. Paris airports authority remove all mention of collapsed 2E.
I guess they threw it down the Memory Hole. Scary.

Wow indeed. If only it were true, it would make for a great story. This time however? Sadly, No! We would have expected better from the owner of TTG who makes regular references to her time spent in France (and knowledge of French.) As she was either too busy or lazy to look into this urban legend in the making, we figure we should take a look. Is there no mention of the accident on the web? Sadly, No! Has the map been redone as a result of the accident? Only if you look long and hard — and then only on one map. What a strange “rewriting” of history by those crazy French!

You can see press releases here, here and there. The last link is especially interesting since it offers before and after maps. You can also stop be here, and find information to download.

For even more entertainment, you could click on “terminal map” and end up at this page. Is it just us, or does it show Terminal 2E. Mais oui, it does! You can also see 2E on this parking map.

The map posted on the web site that shows no Terminal 2E is linked to from this page. Remembering that 2E is new, and that it is on every other map on the web site, it seems more just as likely that this is the result of incompetence (an old map not updated) than “Soviet-style” rewriting of history. The charges as outlined above (and now repeated) are, in any case, patently untrue. (For more attempts to hide this story, see also this memorial ceremony planned.)

20 Comments »

  1. NeoDude said,

    May 30, 2004 at 6:29

    Pictures of Destruction and Civilian Victims of the Anglo-American Aggression in Iraq

  2. NeoDude said,

    May 30, 2004 at 6:30

    oh, and by the way, that was a good catch on Merde In France.

  3. Blair said,

    May 30, 2004 at 8:13

    La salope!

  4. s.z. said,

    May 30, 2004 at 12:13

    Yeah, but they’re FRENCH. And therefore, Commies. So they undoubtedly rewrote history, just like the Soviets. Q.E.D.

  5. Sarah said,

    May 30, 2004 at 15:36

    Glad to see you can actually do something constructive with your website instead of just using it to insult others. I acknowledge that the story is not true and will put up an update.

  6. trying to grok said,

    May 30, 2004 at 15:37

    REWRITE

    Wow. Paris airports authority remove all mention of collapsed 2E. I guess they threw it down the Memory Hole. Scary. (Thanks, Merde in France.) UP

  7. Jadegold said,

    May 30, 2004 at 19:06

    Sarah’s another testament to the fact we hand out university degrees far too casually in this country.

  8. Bryan said,

    May 31, 2004 at 2:42

    The map is another example of the worth of a dedicated, professional civil service…don’t update the site with a new map, let’s see if it is still there in a decade…ah, ha, I told you not to be too quick.

    Never ascribe to conspiracy what can be explained by incompetence or sloth.

  9. Anonymous said,

    May 31, 2004 at 5:52

    Glad to see you can actually do something constructive with your website instead of just using it to insult others.

    WTF?

  10. NTodd said,

    May 31, 2004 at 5:53

    Glad to see you can actually do something constructive with your website instead of just using it to insult others.

    WTF?

  11. NTodd said,

    May 31, 2004 at 5:53

    Oops.

    And BTW, Bryan, you’re spot on.

  12. Dohiyi Mir said,

    May 31, 2004 at 14:35

    Memorial Day Blogaround

    Visit these places today, but be careful because the cops have probably set up lots of speedtraps…

  13. MattT said,

    May 31, 2004 at 19:31

    Don’t listen to the naysayers. Keep using your website to insult people, particularly when they so richly deserve it.

  14. George Johnston said,

    June 1, 2004 at 16:51

    But the real scandal is San Jose airport. It had a terminal C years before it had a terminal A.

  15. Captain Caveman said,

    June 1, 2004 at 19:02

    Um, Sarah?

    I don’t see an update on your merde page.

  16. Captain Caveman said,

    June 1, 2004 at 19:08

    Never mind, I got confused.

  17. Buck said,

    June 2, 2004 at 0:09

    Sarah, what a gracious acknowledgement of error. I’ll have to remember that turn of phrase: “I acknowledge that the story is not true.” Is your mom standing behind you with a stick to make sure you do the right thing?

  18. Buck said,

    June 2, 2004 at 0:11

    Although admitting error is anathema to most modern Americans, so it is something. Most of my conservative friends would go for the “If it isn’t true, it ought to be,” or “It’s truer than the truth,” or “Shut up, I enjoy the color of the sky in my world.” as a response.

  19. TheaLogie said,

    June 2, 2004 at 13:21

    To quote a former PM of France, “les cons” (the idiots). Well, at least it sounds like this will be remedied on the part of Merde.

  20. All AgitProp, all the Time... said,

    June 2, 2004 at 18:09

    Today in Revisionist History

    (Hat tip: Fred) If you were the Paris Airport Authority, and one of your terminals at Charles-de-Gaulle (*spit*) had just…

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