Thursday, April 27, 2006

The buying of the Catholic Church by Microsoft


In 1994 a press release began circulating around the internet claiming that Microsoft had bought the Catholic church.

The release quoted Bill Gates saying that he considered religion to be a growth market and that, "The combined resources of Microsoft and the Catholic Church will allow us to make religion easier and more fun for a broader range of people."

Under the terms of the deal, Microsoft would acquire exclusive electronic rights to the Bible and would make the sacraments available online.

Microsoft had to issue a formal denial of the release on December 16, 1994.

This was the first internet hoax to reach a mass audience using the internet. The authors of these hoaxes remain unknown.

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