I've never thought too much or too highly of April Fools'. I'd rejoice when it was not on a school day. Not that I had any horrible pranks played on me or anything, but I suppose I just didn't (and don't) have that kind of humor. But perhaps I'm beginning to appreciate it on a broader level. In Denmark, it's tradition for the television and media to have a 'aprilsnar' news story, made to look real, but which isn't really. From this year (taken from that authoritative source of all that is, Wikipedia), we learn that:
1) Greenland has been sold to the United States (for about $250 million, which seems like a bargain to me).
2) Single people will get some money from the state every quarter (this mirrors the money the state pays each quarter for those with children). They will also be allowed to start work later on Mondays.
3) Tobacco smoking is a major factor in global warming.
4) A chocolate and ice cream boutique somewhere in Denmark was offering free samples of this season's ice creams earlier today. Flavors include cabbage, bamboo, and gorgonzola.
What I want to know is, how many odd stories which just happen to be true, are reported on April 1st, but nobody believes them? And how many people actually went to that boutique expecting to get a scoop of mock turtle ice cream?
How is it where you are on April 1st? Did you fool anyone, or were you fooled in any interesting ways?