As I appear to be the only one amongst us on the UK side of the pond, I thought I'd share with you news of a new TV prank running here at the moment. In general I don't really go for such things, but given the premise of this one is that the people are being duped into thinking they're the first UK space tourists, currently undertaking training in Russia, prior to be flown into orbit for a week, it will be interesting to see if the hoaxers can actually get away with it...
You can learn more about the show and follow their progress here...
...but in summary, so far the TV company advertised for people willing to take part on a risk taking show; they weren't told the nature of the eventual programme, but the initial applicants were run through a series of tests which the show's psychologists devised to try and find the most suitable; things like checking them for suggestibility, etc., and more practical matters like if they suffer claustrophobia.
They narrowed it down to about ten (included three planted actors) before finally revealing that they were to be sent into space, and giving them the final option whether they still wanted to go ahead with it. There were no dropouts! At this point they were flown to the Russian training camp - or rather, they were flown around UK for hours, the final destination being an ex-US airbase in southern England, made over to appear as if it's in Russia.
They are to undergo training there, and the "best of the best" of them selected for their journey to space... or rather, their journey in a mock-up capsule within a huge warehouse which is somehow to become a huge soundstage - convincing enough to trick them they're in space.
It all sounds kind of unlikely, but will be interesting just how far the programme makers can take it before any of them rumble what's really going on!