View Full Version : any decent april fools news stories?

01-04-2009, 17:09:49
anyone found any? they are usually pretty funny.

01-04-2009, 18:24:23
3D Google Chrome (http://www.google.com/intl/en/landing/chrome/cadie/)

Swimming fish could be key to generating electricity for UK homes (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/5082676/Swimming-fish-could-be-key-to-generating-electricity-for-UK-homes.html)

Fleet Street joins in the April Fool's fun (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/5086598/Fleet-Street-joins-in-the-April-Fools-fun.html)

01-04-2009, 18:46:05
Flying Penguins courtesy of the Beeb (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9dfWzp7rYR4)

One of last year's

02-04-2009, 08:16:29
our TV News reported this as an April fool


I didn't check the details, but it has the rare quality that it makes you feel in a weird way it could even turn out to be for real


Provost Harrison
02-04-2009, 08:42:11

02-04-2009, 08:55:53
I liked google autopilot


02-04-2009, 10:17:58
the WoW ones were pretty funny, not least because of predictable gullible fan boy meltdowns

the ones in the mainstream media were a little underwhelming (guardian claiming they were only publishing via twitter etc.)

02-04-2009, 15:20:38
This one is one of my all-time favourites*: Home Beer Taps (http://www.sabrain.com/index.cfm?UUID=FBA09E54-2B30-CFB5-B1FFF65F925AF8BB) :beer:

*So much so I may have posted it one a previous April Fool's thread...:o

Scabrous Birdseed
02-04-2009, 20:17:08
Originally posted by King_Ghidra
the ones in the mainstream media were a little underwhelming (guardian claiming they were only publishing via twitter etc.)

That one was only funny because a media analyst here in Sweden fell for it and gushed about it on her blog.

Sometimes reality really does follow stereotype.

02-04-2009, 22:44:49
Good riddance if they did I say - two hideously glaring errors today!

Ironically I ranted about it on Twitter...:D

03-04-2009, 10:00:11
Still the best out of a crappy bunch of papers.

03-04-2009, 11:20:27
The Guardian is awesome. The only bad thing about it is the culture bloggers. They are universally pathetic.

03-04-2009, 15:42:07
I expected to hear of more.

What was the aapolyton one?


Provost Harrison
03-04-2009, 15:45:31
I think Dis joined the Navy...at least I think that was an April Fool :lol:

03-04-2009, 15:47:45
it was an april fools

I meant a stupid one put on a by the admins


Provost Harrison
03-04-2009, 15:50:08
(I know, I was just joking)

No, don't remember anything, unless it was so subtle we all missed it. Although to be fair I don't post there with the same frequency I used to...too many gits who irritate me.

*End Is Forever*
03-04-2009, 16:11:35
Our local newspaper office is closing, and half the journalists are being sacked, to pay for the fact that the Guardian makes a socking great loss.

03-04-2009, 16:12:46
Does your local paper make a profit?

03-04-2009, 16:13:58
'cause if it did, closing it would be stupid.

If it also makes a loss, but the Guardian group wants to cut other loss making enterprises from it's group to focus on the flagship title that would be sensible.

So I'm not sure why the paper is getting the blame either way other than because they are a bit left wing.

*End Is Forever*
03-04-2009, 16:19:16
The MEN Media group (which includes the Manchester Evening News, Channel M and about 20 local weeklies in Greater Manchester) will, I'm told, turn a small profit this year even in the challenging economic conditions.

Guardian Media Group are closing all the local newspaper offices and sacking 150 journalists on the MEN and local weeklies to cut costs. The Guardian carries on as before, making a huge loss, and it is our local businesses that are subsidising it, and local journalists and local democracy are suffering to pay for it.

03-04-2009, 16:23:30
Seems to be some dispute about whether the local divisions were profitable or not.


You can guess which side claims what.

*End Is Forever*
03-04-2009, 16:30:33
n 2007/2008, the last year for which results are available, Guardian Media Group's national division made a £26.4m loss, while the regional division made a £14.3m profit.

I don't think anyone disputes that in the current economic climate some difficult decisions might have to be made, but it is not right that the local papers bear the brunt of the cuts and the Guardian itself carries on as before, making an ever-greater loss.

03-04-2009, 16:34:36
GMG has said the regional division is now loss-making.

*End Is Forever*
03-04-2009, 16:38:45
I don't quibble that it is - but if the regional division is making a small loss then how much is the national division pouring down the drain, and why is that not subject to the same cutbacks?

Incidentally, my earlier comments actually referred to the MEN Media side of the business, which I understand is still making a small profit, even if the regional division as a whole is now in the red.

Immortal Wombat
03-04-2009, 17:17:34
Originally posted by *End Is Forever*
it is not right that the local papers bear the brunt of the cuts and the Guardian itself carries on as before, making an ever-greater loss.
why not?

The Mad Monk
05-04-2009, 23:17:54
Take a relaxing, tasty 'soup tub' at Finnish Country Sauna – April 1, 2009
Kevin L. Hoover
Eye Editor

FIFTH & J STREETS – Adapting to today’s harsh economic conditions requires flexibility and innovation, and two resourceful Arcata businesses have found a synergy that benefits both.

Finnish Country Sauna and Tubs has formed a partnership with Japhy’s Soup Kitchen to offer new “Soup Tubs” out behind Café Mokka at Fifth and J streets. There, three of the Finnish-style hot tubs have been reassigned to tureen duty, offering patrons a relaxing, nutritious and newly flavorful tubbing experience.

“People have always used terms like ‘soothing,’ and ‘refreshing’ to describe what we offer here,” said owner Stan Henerson. “Now we’re hearing ‘yummy,’ too.”

On Monday, one tub is partly filled with dried lentils, another with split peas and a third with beef bouillon cubes. The tubs are then filled with hot water, and as the ingredients rehydrate, a chef from Japhy’s pays a call.

“We chop fresh vegetables on the deck next to the tub and just slide ’em right in,” said Japhy’s owner Joshua Solomon. “By the time we leave, soup’s on!”

Marketing the bathwater bisque has presented more opportunities for innovation. As they enjoy their tubbing session, patrons may eat all they want by simply leaning back, submerging to nose level and opening their mouths.

Also, for a $5 surcharge, one may bring a thermos, fill it up and take home a complimentary serving. To offset that charge or to take a $5 discount on a tub session, you may elect to bring an ingredient to donate to the mix – a head of celery, some radishes, onions, carrots or other organic-only veggies.

No leeks, though. “No one wants people taking leeks in the tub,” Henerson said.

Customers have embraced the concept. “We love it,” said regular patrons Dave and Rachel Hendry. They’ve even learned to work subtleties of the new system to advantage.

“We come on Mondays to eat light, because the broth is still a little watery at that point,” Rachel said. “And besides leaving well-nourished, the garlic and carrots do wonders for my skin!”

By Wednesday, though, the ingredients – including those donated by other tub-users – are well-cooked, flavors have flourished and the soup stock is thick and bracing for a cold winter’s night.

“Best of all, I go to work the next day exuding a musky lentil aroma,” Dave said. “My co-workers seem to like it – they go running for the door as soon as I arrive. Instant munchies, I guess. They must be rushing off to get some soup of their own.”
Josh confirms that the tub-brewed soup gets more tasty with each passing day. “They say too many cooks spoil the broth,” he observed. “That obviously isn’t the case here.”

By Friday night, the mixture has thickened into a stew-like sludge, and by Sunday morning has the consistency of wet cement. Interestingly, it tends to set like cement too, so at this point the tubs are scraped out and the remaining contents donated to food banks.

Henerson said that with the success of the soup tubs, he’s looking into modifying the business’s saunas as well. At first he was going to use them as veggie cookers and offer a “Sauna and Steamed Veg” service, but now he has other ideas.

“Some government suits visited the other day,” he explained. “They said their ‘chemtrails’ weren’t working as well as they’d hoped – whatever that means – and that they had certain ‘additives’ they wanted to put in the sauna water. They gave me a whiff of it, and I felt I had no choice but to obey. So that’s a go.”

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05-04-2009, 23:44:22
i worked for the guardian media group for two years. they are relentlessly brutal and right wing.