Ever thought that human beings will believe anything they read? You’ve seen nothing until now.
Let us introduce you to Josh Pieters, a YouTuber who managed to trick influencers into promoting actual gravel – yes, gravel – by claiming it was in fact a ‘piece of the moon’.
Pieters, with the help of his magician pal Archie Manners, packed up 40 boxes containing gravel inside what looks like a urine sample pot.
Alongside the gravel was a certificate of authenticity and a poorly written note explaining that the ‘moon’ fragment was from the National Space Centre.
The YouTuber, who boasts over 960,000 subscribers, wrote to the lucky recipients telling them that the gift was to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing.
Yeah, because on such a memorable date the good people at NASA definitely thought: Let’s just start tearing the thing apart, shall we?
Well, you might be surprised but many of the influencers – most of which were cast members of Made in Chelsea – believed they had been sent a piece of the moon. Y’know Earth’s only natural satellite that hovers above us, the very thing that lights up the night sky… yeah, they thought they’d been sent that.
The letter from ‘National Space Centre’… Credit: YouTube/Josh Pieters
After Pieters delivered the special packages to people such as Louise Thompson, Sophie Habboo and Harry Baron, all that was left to do was wait.
And sure enough the delivery… well, delivered. Louise Thompson can be seen delving into the box saying: “As if this is from the moon,” before reading the letter and adding: “This is the coolest thing I’ve ever received in my life. I need to film this in my YouTube video. I have the moon in a jar.” Yep, sure you do Louise.
Louise Thompson with her piece of ‘the moon’. Credit: YouTube/Josh Pieters
Harry Baron didn’t disappoint either as he said: “This is genuinely the most awesome gift ever. Thank you Space Centre, cheers guys.” Oh Jesus.
Other influencers, such as Jack Maynard, posted on social media about the present with the caption: “Wow thanks @spacecentre for sending me a piece of the moon!”
He then updated his Instagram story with a response from the Space Centre which read: “We don’t believe this ‘Moon Rock’ has come from us at the National Space Centre. This is not our official slip and we are not sure who has sent this to you. We’re looking into this but if you have any clues as to who might have sent this to you please let us know.”
Jack Maynard was buzzing at first with his delivery. Credit: YouTube/Josh Pieters
Not so much now… Credit: YouTube/Josh Pieters
Speaking to INSIDER, Pieters said: “Obviously with me being technically an influencer myself, we do often get sent really arbitrary things, and I just started to wonder is there anything you could send an influencer that they actually wouldn’t post about.
“Then a moon rock seemed to be something that was so far-fetched but also semi-believable, so I thought it would be funny to see whether influencers would actually post about it.”
Well, fortunately – we all know the answer to that question now.
Featured Image Credit: YouTube/Josh Pieters