It's April Fool's Day! (Almost)

Posted on Mar 30, 2019 by Joey

I'm not a fan.

This, even though I can remember my daughters, when they were young, screaming, “April Fools!” after some very funny April Fool joke that they had played on either my wife, or me.
One in particular my wife and I still try to do on one another. It involves switching the clocks backward (or forward), in an effort convince the other that he, or she, is late for an appointment.

We live in a small town. The local weekly newspaper comes out on Wednesday. When April 1st and publishing day coincide, the paper does a whacky last page: sometime it's upside down, or chock full of silly headlines.

The BBC did, what I consider, the all time best April Fools.

Here's the quick description I pulled straight from Wikipedea: “The spaghetti-tree hoax was a three-minute hoax report broadcast on April Fools' Day 1957 by the BBC current-affairs programme Panorama purportedly showing a family in southern  Switzerland harvesting from the family "spaghetti tree". At the time spaghetti was relatively little known in the UK, so many Britons were unaware that it is made from wheat flour and water; a number of viewers afterwards contacted the BBC for advice on growing their own spaghetti trees. Decades later  CNN called this broadcast "the biggest hoax that any reputable news establishment ever pulled".

If you haven't seen it, please do. Click here.

Ah, those Brits...