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Monthly Jokes, Issue #031-- April 2012
April 01, 2012
It's 1st of April and a usually on this day we run a few of those historical April Fools...
The Swiss Spagetti Harvest
In 1957, the BBC News announced that Swiss farmers were having a huge spaghetti crop thanks to removal of Spaghetti Weevil and the mild winter.
Swiss farmers were even shown pulling spaghetti down from trees. Many people were wondering how they could grow their own spaghetti tree.
The BBC replied, "place a sprig of spaghetti in a tin of tomato sauce and hope for the best."
Portable Zip Codes
In 2004, National Public Radio's All Things Considered announced that a new 'portable zip codes' program had begun at the post office.
Just like people are allowed to take their phone numbers with them when they moved, they would now also be able to take their zip codes with them.
Assistant Postmaster General Lester Crandall was quoted saying, "Every year millions of Americans are on the go: People who must relocate for work or other reasons.
Those people may have been quite attached to their original homes or an adopted town or city of residence. For them this innovative measure will serve as an umbilical cord to the place they love best."
Internet Spring Cleaning
In 1997, an email message spread through the world saying that the internet would be closed for cleaning for twenty four hours from March 31 until April 2.
During this period, people were told to disconnect all devices from the internet. This prank was an updated version of an old hoax about the phone system. For many years, phone customers had been told that the phone systems would be cleaned on the 1st of April.
They were recommended to put plastic bags over the ends of the phone to stop the dust that might be blown out of the phones during the cleaning.
In 2008, the BBC announced that camera crews filming near the Antarctic saw Adélie penguins taking off to the air.
A video footage was presented and it was announced that these penguins migrate to South America where they spend the winter in rainforests.
PhDs Exempt From China’s One-Child Policy
In 1993, The China Youth Daily announced on its front page that the government had decided to exclude Ph.D. holders from the one-child law.
It would eventually reduce the need of foreign experts. Despite a disclaimer beneath the story saying it was a joke, the report was broadcasted as fact by Hong Kong's New Evening News.
The Chinese government responded to the hoax by saying that April Fool's Day was a dangerous Western tradition.
The Guangming Daily declared, "Put plainly, April Fool's Day is Liar's Day."
Tasmanian Mock Walrus
In 1984, the Orlando Sentinel featured a story about a creature known as the Tasmanian Mock Walrus, supposedly a popular pet in Florida.
The animal was said to be four inches long, resembled a walrus, purred like a cat, and had the temperament of a hamster. What made it such an ideal pet was that it never had to be bathed, it used a litter box, and it ate cockroaches.
A single Tasmanian Mock Walrus could apparently entirely eliminate cockroach problem in a house. Reportedly some Tasmanian Mock Walruses had been smuggled from Tasmania, and there had been attempts to breed them, but local pest controllers were pressuring the government in fear of running out of business.
Many people rang the paper wondering where they could get their own pet Tasmanian Mock Walrus.
In 1999 the Singapore Straits Times reported that a 17-year-old high school student had created a computer program that would solve Y2K.
The camera shy student had created the program in twenty nine minutes while solving a maths problem for his homework.
His family and a technology consulting group were reportedly forming a joint venture named 'Polo Flair' to commercialize the discovery.
Media interest was huge but smart readers would have noticed that 'Polo Flair' was an anagram for 'April Fool.'
The Body of Nessie Found
On March 31 1972, a team of zoologists from Yorkshire's Flamingo Park Zoo found a mysterious body floating in the Loch. It was 15½ feet long and weighed 1½ tonnes.
The scientists started to transport the body back to the zoo when police stopped them saying they were not allowed to remove unidentified bodies from the lake. The body was taken to Dunfermline for identification.
It was published as "Son of Nessie", which received worldwide media attention. But the body was identified as bull elephant seal.
The following day, Flamingo Park's education officer John Shields said the bull elephant seal of Dudley Zoo had died and he had dumped the body in Loch before ringing his colleagues to give them a tip.
He did mean to play an April fool on them but admitted it went too far when the police got involved.
Have a great month and don't forget to do a few harmless pranks to your friends ;-)
1. April 2012
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