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Alfa Romeo Sinks Pretty Low With Marianas Trench Hoax

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Courting metaphor misinterpretation, an ad for the Alfa Romeo 147 has supposedly been placed in the lowest point on earth, Challenger Deep in the Marianas Trench, 36,200 feet below sea level. Or has it?


There's a couple of inconsistencies in this video that lead us to believe that this stunt isn't all it seems to be:


1) The video claims they're traveling to a point 21 miles off the coast of Guam. Challenger Deep is 190 miles from the island.

2) Only three successful descents have ever been made to the bottom of Challenger Deep, one manned and two unmanned, yet the ad appears to feature footage of the ad on the sea floor.

3) The video claims that water pressure at the sign's final resting place is 1,000 times that of the atmosphere at sea level. In fact, the pressure at the bottom of Challenger Deep is 1,099 times that that of the atmosphere.

All this leads us to believe that the sign was, at best, lowered into a shallower area of the Marianas trench or, at worst, the whole thing was faked. All that means that Alfa Romeo can, in fact, go lower. We wonder just how cheap we could really get a 147 for. [Expedition147]

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Maybe they should change their name to Omega-Juliet.