Paris was subjected to an intensive search final night time by French and overseas newspaper reporters who forgot worldwide politics and different types of information when the rumor unfold that someplace within the metropolis a girl had given delivery to seven infants, or septuplets. At midnight the frantic search was nonetheless happening however no such fertile lady had been discovered.
The girl-hunt began after information companies and newspaper correspondents started to get queries which merely said that “American Telegraph” had reported the a number of delivery. No tackle or title was given however the pack turned out. Hospitals had been checked and police had been requested if that they had any such report.
On the Lodge Dieu, giant maternity hospital close to Notre-Dame Cathedral, they mentioned nothing of the kind had occurred there however that that they had had about twenty queries on the topic.
Representatives of the French Ministry of Info additionally had been attempting to hint the rumor. In some way the tackle of a constructing within the Rue Galande was talked about and twenty journalists invaded the place and went by the constructing knocking on doorways and asking if anyone had had seven infants there. Nonetheless no luck.
It was not till far into the night time that it was found that the hunt had been began as the results of a sensible joke. A gaggle of his colleagues mounted up the story and advised it to a French police reporter. He fell for it hook, line and sinker and earlier than lengthy the factor had gotten out of hand.
— The Worldwide Herald Tribune, Feb. 21, 1946.