Swiss Resort Offers Mountain-Cleaning Courses

A Swiss holiday resort is offering mountain-cleaning courses after an April Fool's Day spoof caught the imagination of a nation known for its cleanliness. On April 1, the national tourism board aired an online video to recruit mountain cleaners to keep the country's Alpine peaks in pristine condition.

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STEVE INSKEEP, host:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. Switzerland made an April Fool's Day video claiming a team of experts cleans bird droppings off its mountains.

(Soundbite of video)

Unidentified Man: (Through translator) What I like best is when the mountain is spotlessly clean and the rock shines like polished stone.

INSKEEP: The video showed a sort of A-Team brushing and flossing Mount Rocks. The joke became popular, then became reality. A Swiss resort is now offering a four-week course in mountain cleaning.

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