Sunday, April 1, 2012

April Fool's Day!

Happy April Fool's Day!

For those of you (like me) who haven't really seen anyone today on which to play an April Fool's Day prank, I give you the following link to a list of the most notorious April Fool's Day pranks ever played.

Having been a typesetter, I especially appreciate number 5, about the itinerant island chain of San Seriffe, with it's punctuation-shaped islands and it's capital, Bodoni. The two major islands, Upper and Lower Caisse were a nice touch, as was the second cousin of the president, "Che" Pica (you have to hit the "more" button and wait for a while to read all of the story).

I also particularly enjoyed the article about Alabama changing the value of Pi. The story about the left-handed Whopper was beyond belief. Additional gigglers include the conversion to metric time, the "bomb" dropped on a German camp during WWI, whistling carrots, drunk internet use, the predicted death of an astrologer, diseases in teddy bears, footprints of a flying man, and, in a twist on the metric time prank, there's Big Ben being converted to digital. I only got up to number 50, but there's lots more if you're interested.

If you happen to be wondering how April Fool's Day started, you can read an explanation here, from some people who are probably as confused as you are.

Whatever, I hope you have a fun day!

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