Monday, March 12, 2007
April Fools' Day - Anecdotes On Real Life Fools
The more, the merrier is what April Fools' Day is all about. Check out the following to enjoy what I am talking about -

Explosion In Wisconsin State Capitol Building

The Madison Capital Times thought of a really witty satire on the constant debates that go on in the Senate and Assembly in 1933. On 1st of April, it announced that there had been explosions in the Wisconsin state capitol building that had turned it to ruins. Along with the article, a phony picture was also published that depicted that the Capitol Building was collapsing. Though, modern people can easily figure out that the photo had been tampered with, people of that times were really fooled by it. The explosions were said to be mysterious.

The funniest part was the reason that had been given for the explosions - it was said that explosions occurred due to the gas that had been generated in large quantities because of the 'verbose debate in the Senate and Assembly chambers' for past many weeks. The reason itself was so foolish that it could have been a dead giveaway, if the people had not been so ready to believe everything that was published. However, the readers were later outraged on this piece of misinformation and considered the April Fool hoax as 'tactless and tactless, void of humor and a hideous jest.'

Gangsters' Delight -

There are two April Fool stories that are sure to be gangsters' delight. Both stories belong to late 1990s. In 1996, Russian gangsters were increasingly becoming more and more active and ruthless. So, Itar-Tass thought that perhaps these heartless mercenaries would like to 'kill in style' with the help of diamond encrusted grenades that were being manufactured by a military factory for the first time in history, especially for Russian gangsters. The target customers of the grenades were certainly those fashion-conscious Russian gangsters, who would like to impress others with the stylish murders that they perform, which leave the dead bodies of their rivals, not in blood but covered with sparkling gems.

The Phoenix New Times in 1999 announce the formation of a new charity organization for the homeless people named as 'Arm The Homeless Coalition'. The story received 60-minute coverage on numerous local radio stations and the Associated Press and stunned many of the readers and the audiences with its unique way to help these poor people. Unlike other organizations that would normally provide these people with food and shelter or even try to educate them, provide vocational training to them and try to rehabilitate them in general, this organization had vowed to provide them with guns and ammunition so that they won't have any dearth of any kind in life. It was only after much had been said and debated about such an organization, it was revealed to actually be an April Fool hoax.

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