The 2016 Olympic Games Will Be Held in Ely, Minnesota
Ely, Minnesota, population nearing 4,000, is hoping to host the 2016 Olympic Games. Crews are starting now to drain Miners Lake to create the first in-ground Olympic ...
Ely, Minnesota, population nearing 4,000, is hoping to host the 2016 Olympic Games. Crews are starting now to drain Miners Lake to create the first in-ground Olympic Stadium. They'll also be carving seats into the rock. (Sounds like you're going to need stadium pillows if you plan to sit all day!)
How will the little town manage to host a million visitors or find the money to build an Olympic Village, aquatic facility and more? Easy. Meat raffles and help from the economic stimulus package. Prices will be kept low for visitors too. Guests will be offered tent and canoe combo packages, perhaps with s'mores thrown in. "Talk about great rates," gushes a press release on the news.
Yes, yes, yes. The announcement is an April Fool's joke. Just like last year's, which said that Canada was annexing Ely. But the town's little prank got it national exposure in USA Today and on television as far away as Ft. Myers, Florida.
And I'm writing about this year's whopper here. Someone is doing a very nice job promoting Ely, and should get kudos for marketing prowess. Or at least for providing a good laugh.
According to the press release on its planned prank (sent to media types two days ago to do with what they would), Ely is part of one million acres of "unspoiled Northern Minnesota wilderness" famed worldwide. Yet, many state residents still have not visited. "So, we're getting up in their faces with some new pranks."
Today, April Fool's, the city is running radio spots announcing its last-minute bid (a couple of years late) to the International Olympic Committee to be the site of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. A faux press conference video was to be posted.
Hm, I wonder what kind of meat I'd win and where I find the raffle tickets? Good luck with your bid, Ely.
Join the Discussion
After you comment, click Post. You can enter an anonymous Display Name or connect to a social profile.
States Making Long-Term Birth Control More Accessible1 hour ago
Different States Have Implemented DACA Very Differently33 minutes ago
LAPD Facing Community Trouble over Shooting of Mentally Ill Man18 minutes ago
Another Atlantic City Casino Closes18 minutes ago
Judge Halts Enforcement of New Louisiana Abortion Law4 hours ago
Detroit Bankruptcy Trial That Decides City's Fate Begins Today4 hours ago