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Film: Paul McCartney really is dead!

Paul McCartney addresses a news conference on June

Paul McCartney addresses a news conference on June 1, 2010 at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., one day before the legendary musician is to perform at the White House. President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle will present the former Beatle with the third Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. (June 1, 2010) Credit: Getty/PAUL J. RICHARDS

If you're under 30, this headline probably makes no sense to you.

A brief explanation:

In 1969, with The Beatles nearing the end of their world-dominating run, a curious rumor began circulating that Paul McCartney was dead -- and had been replaced with an imposter! The proof came in several cryptic "clues," such as McCartney's shoeless feet on the cover of the "Abbey Road" album and, most famously, a garbled line at the end of the song "Strawberry Fields Forever" in which John Lennon supposedly reveals, "I buried Paul."

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The rumor probably seemed compelling at the time, especially when coupled with some strong weed. But it eventually petered out, replaced by other urban legends (like the ones about Rod Stewart's gay sex life and the Satanic rituals of KISS).

But it turns out Paul really is dead! At least, according to the production company Highway 61Entertainment. In 2005, their office supposedly received in the mail two cassette tapes from someone claiming to be George Harrison. Now we can hear the truth! Would you believe Paul died in a car-crash? And that MI5 forced The Beatles to keep it a secret? And that John Lennon was assassinated for threating to go public?

If so, you're the target audience for "The Last Testament of George Harrison," available on DVD in September.

Finally, it all makes sense: The real Paul would never have recorded "The Girl is Mine."

See the trailer here.

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