In February 2005, 17 year old Saurabh Singh topped in NASA’s International Scientist Discovery exam. The exam was so hard that it was big news in many newspapers. But it turned out to be a fraud. But the story kept getting bigger and bigger with newspapers reporting that the Indian president had taken the exam in 1960 and ‘finished seventh’ while astronaut Kalpana Chawla had ‘stood 21st in 1988’.
Follow these news links (given in their order of occurrence):
- The Tribune Online Edition publishes the scoop.
- Rediff News makes a follow up.
- The Times of India is too scared to be left out.
- Italian “la Republica” gets fooled by tips from India.
- Rediff News publishes that it is a fraud.
- Sify News publishes that it is a fraud.
- BBC News publishes the fraud.
- Some American Magazine analyzes the hoax.
- The Telegraph, Calcutta, India analyzes the hoax again.