Hitler Diaries, War of the Worlds broadcast, meet the world's first international sex school. Some things are just too good to be true: last month's news that "the world's first college of applied sexuality," the Austrian International School of Sex, would be opening in mid-December with its five-course curriculum and emphasis on "hands on" instruction, has turned out to be a hoax.
The school's supposed headmistress, former Swedish erotic TV host and artist Ylva-Maria Thompson, explained on Monday that the AISOS publicity campaign was a ruse cooked up by an Austrian advocacy group called The Bird Base, for the purpose of raising awareness of Austria's low birth rate. Thompson said:
"I was asked by their press person to play the part. If anyone was the right person, it was me. I felt made for the role. I wasn't surprised it got so much attention. Sex still sells."
Like a female version of Leo DiCaprio in Catch Me If You Can, Thompson actually traveled to Austria and took part in press conferences and interviews to get the word out about the school, letting domestic and international news outlets eagerly gobble up the strange story, and report it as news.
It's a shame, because it seemed so cheap at $1,860 a term, as we imagined learning the finer points of climax-yodeling with Strauss playing softly in the background, Kama Sutra marginalia, and courses like The Hermeneutics of Getting Ur Freak On: From De Sade to Missy Elliott. It looks like it's back to our dog-eared Dr. Ruth books.