The German city of Bielefeld is not a place that attracts a lot of tourist and is not really famous for anything. The place is so bland that back in 1994 computer expert Achim Held used it to poke fun at online conspiracies and posted a satirical comment on the internet claiming that the city does not exist.

To this day, the joke refuses to die. Even German Chancellor Angela Merkel once jokingly cast doubt on the existence of the city, which is allegedly located around 330 kilometers west of Berlin.

After decades of trying to prove it exists, the city of Bielefeld decided to finally embrace its alleged non-existence. Officials in Bielefeld said on Wednesday that they will give 1 million euros ($1.1 million) to the person who delivers solid proof of its non-existence. They said there are “no limits to creativity” for entrants, but only irrefutable evidence will qualify for the prize.

The mayor of Bologna in northern Italy, Virginio Merola, said the dish which is famous all over the world does not actually exist.

In a tweet he recently posted, he asked for his followers to send pictures of the “fake dish” from all over the world. The tweet said: “I’m collecting photos of spaghetti bolognese from around the world in relation to fake news. This one comes from London (the chalk board pictured) Send me yours – thanks!”

Mr. Merola has spoken to several media outlets about the issue. He told RAI: “Spaghetti bolognese doesn’t actually exist, yet it’s famous the world over. What we’d prefer the world to know is that Bologna invented tagliatelle, tortellini and lasagne.”

Since the tweet the mayor has received many photos of different versions of spaghetti bolognese from around the world, many of which look criminally awful even to a non-Italian like me. The real dish is called just “Ragu” and can be served with any kind of pasta, but in Bologna it is usually served with tagliatelle.

The world´s biggest conspiracy has finally been uncovered and we no longer have to endure the big bolognese lie. But now that we know the truth there is another big question that needs to be answered. If spaghetti bolognese does not exist, what have I been eating all my life?

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