If you spent yesterday practicing spells and brushing up on your British accent, you weren’t the only one.
Writers at Vanity Fair unknowingly participated in the Daily Pennsylvanian’s annual joke issue on Wednesday when they reported that Emma Watson was headed to Penn for graduate school.
10 points to The Daily Pennsylvanian for tricking us into thinking Emma Watson was headed to grad school. http://t.co/nagcYr8kzS— VANITY FAIR (@VanityFair) March 25, 2015
Beyond reporting that Emma Watson would soon be attending Penn for graduate school, the joke issue also claimed that Penn would be joining Dartmouth in banning hard liquor, that Wharton would begin issuing a GPA requirement and that Netflix was no longer supported on AirPennNet.
Wednesday’s articles contained clues to the satirical nature of the content that were spotted by suspicious readers, including the fake all-too-British name of , Kingsley Pennyton, and a from House of Cards character Peter Russo.
“I didn’t see it coming,” Wharton sophomore Taylor Brown said. “Since it was from the DP I thought that it was true,” Brown added in reference to the article on Penn banning hard liquor.
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