All in Good Fun: April Fools' Day
No, the National Park Service is not really selling Washington's famed cherry trees.
There's a long tradition in the U.K. of joshing with newspaper readers on April Fools' Day. I think the most inspired example is in the Guardian, perhaps Britain's most technologically cutting-edge newspaper. It announced today that it is ceasing publication and will switch entirely to Twitter. (Check out how various famous news stories would have been covered, including the start of World War II: "OMG Hitler invades Poland, allies declare war see tinyurl.com/b5x6e for more.")
The Telegraph offers an environmental story on how swimming fish could be key to generating electricity. "The Environment Agency's Horizon Scanning Team found the nation's rivers are full of untapped energy in the form of fish migrating upstream."
The Express has the story of "Alberto," a motorist who has invented a special coating that renders cars invisible to speed cameras. "It is beautiful in its simplicity,” Alberto explained. “The plastic film appears completely normal to the human eye. But the flash of the camera reacts with molecules in the film and light is reflected outwards to make the car appear invisible in pictures.”
The Telegraph's Jemima Kiss has links to more spoofs.
When I worked in the Weekend section at The Post it was a hotbed of practical joking. How about in your household or workplace? Do you have any jokes planned for today? What are some pranks you've played in the past? Share in the Comments below.
Oh, and did you hear that Marion Barry is opening an H&R Block franchise?
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