Wednesday, April 1, 2009

April Fools hoaxes in the media

The Guardian reported that after 188 years of ink and paper, they are going to be reporting exclusively on TWITTER. Not only that, but they said they will re-write all articles from their archives to fit the parameters of 140 words.

Sample: Martin Luther King's legendary 1963 speech on the steps of the Lincoln memorial appears in the Guardian's Twitterised archive as "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin but by", eliminating the waffle and bluster of the original.


There's a new breed of tartan sheep featured in a photo in the Times, and YouTube has inverted all its pages today. Of course, this one about Tarte Tatin which is an upside-down cake, looks normal.

There is a viral video making the rounds showing the first helicopter hotel. The website plays up all of the aircraft's 18 luxury rooms complete with minibars and Queen-sized beds. And there's head gear that will record your dreams, an iPod add-on that will drive your car for you, and an online service that will add a photo of your face to a pizza.

I, for one, am glad the day is over for another year.


nightsmusic said...

I thought it was all great fun. And hey, no one sent you a squirrel! That's a plus, yes? ;)

kc dyer said...

I put up my favourites -- all on on my blog. But I'm glad it's done, too (apart from the all-too-real Were-Bunny, romping through the snow here...)


A Novel Woman said...

Silly old were-bunny....

Off to

And never you mind, the squirrels are running rampant in the yard. Arg.

Debby said...

OOOooh. So someone did send you a squirrel?