Tuesday, 1 April 2008

April Foolishness

I see the papers managed to produce a fine crop of spoof April Fool stories today. The majority are summarised in this short article from the Telegraph, although I notice that the Telegraph's own contribution is omitted :-)

Shame, really, because the "Flying penguins found by BBC programme" article is one of the funniest and the film of penguins flapping to a vacation in the Amazon was cleverly done. Mind you, I liked the Sun's effort, too, which claims that diminutive French President Nicolas Sarkozy is to undergo pioneering surgery to increase his height by 5 inches - making him one inch taller than his stunning wife. Surely, those measurements should have been in centimetres though?

The Daily Mail's attempt wasn't so bad either, although the notion that Chancellor Alistair Darling enjoys a regular flutter on the lottery - and never, ever wins - is probably too close to reality to be all that funny. The spoof article contains an equally fake quote: "I was trying to see what numbers he put on his card. Then I'd do anything but those numbers. They've got to be losers, haven't they?"

Fake it may be, but it sounds about right to me!

Billy Seggars.

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