A website advertising for a new "cannibal" restaurant in Germany which appealed for humans to donate body parts for cooking has been exposed as a vegetarian hoax.
The website for Flime called for diners to "donate any part of their body" while also advertising for an "open-minded surgeon".
While the location of the restaurant in Berlin was never disclosed politicians condemned the venture as a tasteless stunt, provoking headlines around the world.
But on the day it was due to open, vegetarian campaigners disclosed it was all an elaborate hoax.
The German Vegetarian Society (Vebu) said that it wanted to highlight consumers' attention to the "evils of meat-eating".
"Vebu wants to draw attention to all of us who are affected by the worldwide consumption of meat," Sebastian Zösch, a Vebu spokesman told reporters in Berlin.
Vebu is a member of the International Vegetarian Union - www.ivu.org