The end of another week, and indeed another month, is nearly upon us, and looking at the calendar you can’t help but notice that April the 1st is looming, threatening to pull the carpet out from under you when you least expect it. I always enjoy reading the papers on April Fool’s day to see if I can spot what ingenious jokes they have managed to come up with!
Of course it isn’t always the case that the most unbelievable stories are fakes, they do say that the truth is stranger than fiction, and there have been numerous instances down the years where real news has been dismissed as an April Fool’s joke. As far back as 1946 there was the Aleutian Island earthquake tsunami, which killed 165 people in Hawaii and Alaska as they believed the Tsunami warnings to be pranks. In 1979 Iran declared April the 1st as its national republic day, and people still think this is an April Fools joke today! Not all the real stories are of a serious nature, but are so ridiculous that it is hard to believe them as fact. Stories such as the merger between rival computer software firms Square and Enix in 2003.
Looking back at the various stories it’s probably best to assume that if you aren’t sure if something you read tomorrow morning is genuine or not, it’s probably best to take it with a pinch of salt so that you aren’t labelled as an April Fool!.