Iranians were disappointed Saturday evening when they found out the were victims of a giant e-mail and social networking hoax. Thousands of Iranians flocked to their rooftops to witness Pepsi Co. pull off an advertising first. They were rumored to be using highly focused and extremely powerful lasers to put the Pepsi logo on the side of the moon. Russia Today and MSN reported that even thought the interest was there the logo never showed.
A Journalist in Tehran reported to France 24,
“We got fooled. My colleagues and I gazed at the moon for several minutes and saw nothing.”
The journalist admitted that he had been arguing with his girlfriend about the validity of the hoax and that she thought he was a little ignorant for believing it. she also questioned why none of the mainstream media picked it up if it was really going to happen. He replied that he thought the media would not want to report on it because it would have provided Pepsi with free advertising.
Some Iranians took to the streets to protest the injustice, but in a lot less vocal way than usual. They all went out and bought a can of Coca-Cola.
Iranians have fallen for moon hoaxes before. There was a huge rumor right after the Islamic Revolution in 1979 that Ayatollah Khomeini would appear on the moon to celebrate the revolution, according to the Huffington Post. There were a lot of disappointed Persians that night too.
This video from Iran shows a fake image of the Pepsi logo on the moon