By Ben Fractenberg
MANHATTAN — According to a mysterious website featuring puppets that look like they were created by the ghost of Jim Henson, there's $10,000 buried somewhere in New York City. If you can find it, it's all yours.
On Sunday, the site (called welostourgold.com) released its first video clue, featuring three pirates and one ninja (all in puppet form) discussing how to go about finding their buried treasure.
Throughout the month of August, the site promises to unlock more videos, each one giving an additional clue to the money's location.
So far, the only major hint is that it is definitely not in Central Park.
In the FAQ section of the site, the anonymous creators insist that this is not a joke or a stunt, and claim that they just "wanted to create a real treasure hunt."
"We've always wanted to experience the excitement of searching for pirate treasure, so we decided to give that feeling to everyone else," the site claims.
Judging from the high production values of the Web site and videos, it's easy to believe that the treasure hunt is real. Harder to believe, however, is that this isn't a public relations stunt for an upcoming Hollywood film.
Either way, if you're on the hunt, make sure to bring a wheel barrow: the $10K is in the form of 10,000 one-dollar coins.