I want to thank all present and am announcing that I have inherited an estate in "California Wine Country" and will start be closing my affairs here in order to start my new life growing grapes to make Chardonnay in Sonoma, thank you. :-)
April 1, 2011, 12:30 PM
Weekend Competition: April Fools
This weekend, Schott’s Vocab invites co-vocabularists to share their favourite April Fools’ Day japery.
Some famous April Fools’ hoaxes include:
The San Serriffe Archipelago | In 1977, a seven-page supplement in The Guardian was dedicated to the Republic of San Serriffe, a collection of islands located in the Indian Ocean. Its two principal islands were Upper Caisse and Lower Caisse.
The Spaghetti Harvest | In 1957, the BBC’s Panorama produced a spoof documentary on the harvesting of spaghetti, in Ticino, Switzerland.
The Left-Handed Whopper | An April 1998 full-page advertisement in USA Today heralded the arrival of the left-handed whopper, in which condiments were rotated 180 degrees to suit left-handers.
The Curious Case of Sidd Finch | In 1985, Sports Illustrated reported on a mystery pitcher with a 168 m.p.h. fastball, Sidd Fitch.
Flying Adélie Penguins | In 2008, The BBC and The Telegraph reported on a colony of penguins who fly thousands of miles to the South American rain forest to “spend the winter basking in the tropical sun.”
Co-vocabularists are invited to submit tricks they have pulled off themselves, pranks perpetrated against them, or the April Fools’ Day ruses of others that they have admired.