A lovely piece of nonsense for a Thursday morning. The tourism boss in US town of New Ulm, famous for its Hermannsdenkmal, has admitted that his office made up a story of finding a mysterious concrete cast footprint that was then promoted as that of Herman the German:
Terry Sveine, manager of the New Ulm Convention and Visitors Bureau, had told The Free Press of Mankato and insisted later to The Associated Press that officials found a 4-foot-long, 425 pound cast of a footprint crated up in the office basement, along with a mysterious note suggesting it might have been made in Germany.
But Sveine called the AP back to admit he lied and to apologize. He said the bureau commissioned local artist Jason Jaspersen to make the mold for it and a local decorative concrete company to cast it as part of a "Germans have more fun" marketing campaign, which began last year.
The "cast" was recently hung outside the bureau's office in downtown New Ulm. Inscribed near the heel are the words "Deutsche haben mehr Spass," which mean, "Germans have more fun." A plaque posted next to it says touching it will lead people "to have more fun" in New Ulm.
Ooops. Full story in the Houston Chronicle.