September 9, 2005, - 12:40 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
An ad, touting the Superbowl, in yesterday’s USA Today NFL section featured false “Fun Facts About Detroit.”
Among the phony claims, taken from the apparently-lying Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau, are statements that Detroit:
* “Features the nation’s oldest freshwater aquarium, located on Belle Isle Park.”
Reality Check: The Belle Isle Aquarium closed permanently (as in FOREVER) early this year.
* “Is home to Vernors ginger ale, Sanders hot fudge, Better Made Potato Chips and Faygo soda pop.”
Reality Check: This is about half true. Vernors was long ago (1987) bought out by A&W/Dr. Pepper/Cadbury/7-UP, and, while available in Detroit, is not produced there. Sanders (of the hot fudge fame) went out of business a long time ago, but is being reborn in the form of a few stores.
Not that anyone would come to Detroit to see a stupid aquarium anywya, but it just goes to show, you cannot believe the hype about the Superbowl in Detroit. The only thing you can believe: It will be cold and miserable. The Detroit tundra is not a place for the Superbowl. Stay away.
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