City of Bielefeld offers €1m for proof it doesn’t exist

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Achim Held – inventor of the Bielefeld conspiracy theory – backs the competition

It’s a German city dating back to the 9th Century, with 340,000 residents, a university, a medieval fort… but does it really exist?Bielefeld is now offering a €1m (£914,000) prize to anyone in Germany who can prove the city’s non-existence. The city marketing group running the competition wants to disprove a 25-year-old conspiracy theory.Back in 1994 a student light-heartedly posted the message “Bielefeld? There’s no such thing” on the Usenet system.Achim Held’s message became a long-running joke in Germany, once it spread virally with the subsequent internet boom.Usenet w

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