Proof That Bielefeld Doesn’t Exist – I Claim That Million Euros


This might be the easiest money ever earned. The German city of Bielefeld is offering a prize of €1 million for proof that it doesn’t exist. The non-existent city has, presumably, placed the money somewhere extant. Still, easy enough to show this. Google knows everything already, of course.

German city of Bielefeld offers one million euros for proof it doesn’t exist


A German city which has been the subject of a long-running and light-hearted conspiracy theory claiming it does not really exist is offering big bucks to anyone who can prove it. Officials in Bielefeld said they will give one million euros (£915,000) to the person who delivers solid proof of its non-existence. They said there are “no limits to creativity” for entrants, but only undeniable evidence will qualify for the prize.

There’s a certain no true Scotsman to this. Who knew the Germans actually had a humour?

Different theories have cropped up to explain the “Bielefeld conspiracy”: The most popular holds that a shadowy organization known as SIE (“they” in German) maintained the the illusion of a city for nefarious purposes. Others say its a hoax perpetrated by Israel’s Mossad, the CIA and aliens operating out of Bielefeld University. Jokesters ask “initiates” three questions to establish Bielefeld’s nature:

Do you know anybody from Bielefeld?
Have you ever been to Bielefeld?
Do you know anybody who has ever been to Bielefeld?

People answering “yes” to any of the questions are accused of being in on the “conspiracy.”

So, the proof:


That works, doesn’t it? I’ll take my Bentley Continental GT in British racing green please…..the change I’ll just waste on summat or other.