Scott Stevens

By Scott Stevens

LifeBuzz Staff

A Giant Octopus Attacked The Staten Island Ferry In 1963… Huh?

Do you remember the tragic ferry accident that happened in New York back on November 22nd, 1963? The Staten Island Ferry Disaster when many people lost their lives after the ferry was attacked by an octopus? You probably remember the date because that's the day that JFK was assassinated. If you are racking your brain wondering why you can't remember the ferry disaster, don't worry because you aren't alone. It didn't really happen.

Artist Joe Reginella created the event and said it's "part practical joke, part multimedia art project, part social experiment." There is a website remembering the event along with a video and Reginella and his team have been handing out several flyers as well. They even created a fake monument at the site where the ferry is said to have left from.

Even though locals know that the event didn't actually happen, there were plenty of visitors that thought it was real. The Post found a family that was visiting from Australia that actually thought the event took place. Tamara Messina said, "The brochure sounded very intriguing." She added that her three sons "seemed a bit more concerned that it may happen again as the family rode the ferry."

See below for some pictures and a video documentary of the event that never took place.

The doomed vessel.

Several brochures of the event were made and contained a lot of photos of the ferry that supposedly went down.

The details of the horrible tragedy in writing.

The brochures also had details of how the fake event unfolded on that tragic day.

The monument is very convincing.

A monument was created to honor those that lost their lives on that horrible day. Several people stopped by to read it and honor those that lost their lives.

Taking a few moments to honor the victims.

People that were going on the ferry saw the monument and read the plaque and felt sad for those that had died.

Taking a few moments to honor the victims.

Staten Island Ferry Octopus Disaster Memorial Museum / Facebook

Do you remember?

This picture was posted with a caption of "Never Forget." It shows the monument close up. It really is great work and the design is awesome.

Do you remember?

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