picture courtesy of Inglewood Care Centre
"The first of April is the day we remember what we are the other 364 days of the year. "
~ Mark Twain
I can only imagine what I will fall for today. While most of the time I am prepared for this day, and can spot the stupider pranks a mile away, I'm never able to completely outrun my gullibility. That's why I was happy to find The Sydney Morning Herald on the web today. Since April Fools Day has already passed in Australia, I figured I could look at what they reported and be a little more prepared.
I really enjoyed reading about how Google Australia claimed to have a new feature where you could get the news in advance, even things like sports scores of games that haven't been played yet.
A radio station in Sydney announced that the Pope would be giving a special gay and lesbian mass when he visits for an upcoming event, and Virgin Blue airlines announced they would start offering half-priced fares for people willing to stand throughout the whole flight. I loved that they also offered free calf massages to those passengers standing on a flight lasting longer than two hours.
BBC claims to have found footage of flying penguins, not only living in Antarctica...
but also migrating to the Amazon during the winter:
I think my favorite pictures are from a site that has April Fools images in a motif called When Graphic Artists Get Bored. Very cool.
These are the types of pranks I can live with. Jokes that get a good chuckle and don't disrupt our daily lives. Go ahead, call me a spoil sport or a grump if you'd rather have everyone running around like headless chickens at some made-up news flash. I'm just hoping CalTrans doesn't try to get in on the joke by putting up a fake road closure on their electronic signs, wreaking havoc on the afternoon commute. Orange-peel frogs are one thing, two-hour traffic jams something else completely.
Everyone have a safe, fun-filled, humorous day!!