Thursday, April 1, 2010

Silly Swiss Spaghetti Harvest and San Serriffe, an island nation

Happy All Fools Day: SECOND HAND HOAXES ON "MEMORY LANE" EMAILS. This April 1st I decided to perpetrate some used* hoaxes for a change and sent them out under two "Memory Lane" email guises. I chose them for their high degree of silliness and historic success in deception. My previous April 1st best effort involved an inter-office memo which was taken as gospel by many, asking employees to, as an economy measure, restrict toilet paper usage to two sheets per sitting.
OK, Sports Fans, early email results from "Memory Lane" absurd hoaxes are in from two persons thus far. One may have believed my '57 Ford was pretty "cool", or perhaps it was the photo of Elvis or Lawrence Welk with his shovel that was "cool". He may have "overlooked" the main point: The Great Swiss Spaghetti Harvest video. So much for speed-reading with comprehension. The other reply had my asinine "Memory Lane" return heading but didn't even mention my very fabulous, beautiful Ford, much less any early April Swiss spaghetti harvests. On April 1, 1957 the British news TV show Panorama broadcast a three-minute segment about a bumper spaghetti harvest in southern Switzerland. The segment was linked in the first "Memory Lane" email and posting here. April 1, 1977: The British newspaper The Guardian published a special seven-page supplement devoted to San Serriffe, a small republic said to consist of several semi-colon-shaped islands located in the Indian Ocean. This hoax was also distributed, in the second "Memory Lane" email. I'll update the results by email and here before Easter. I'm interested to see if either of the two fatuous emails were read by anyone, or if anyone managed a stretched of attention spans or interest, much less outwitted the gullibility thing. FINAL UPDATE. Well, it is official. Only one person that I'm aware of could be bothered to read a short passage in order to grasp that an April Fool hoax was being played. A couple of well intentioned people responded, in their narrow awareness they believed that I was actually lost in a dementia induced reverie about Lawrence Welk and his shovel and about Elvis and an old car. No wonder April fools are such easy prey. One just has to allow for very short attention spans and lack of interest. I forgot to make those allowances. The Sesame Street generation is upon us! (this simple "Sesame Street" comment may be waaay to big a stretch for some - so don't worry about it) Being of a dry wit and old, and clearly VERY boring (if one isn't listening well enough to comprehend a simple message, of course nonsensical understanding is boring), I should not have expected anyone to be listening with more than one ear, if at all.. Perhaps at the Senior Center there are a few sentient creatures of wit who have learned well to listen and speak thoughtfully? Have a nice life. April 1, 2001 photo, in Denmark, regarding Copenhagen's new metro. April Fools' Day or All Fools' Day is a day celebrated in various countries on April 1. The day is marked by the commission of hoaxes and other practical jokes of varying sophistication on friends, family members, enemies, and neighbors, or sending them on a fool's errand, the aim of which is to embarrass the gullible. Traditionally, in some countries, such as the UK, Canada, Australia, and South Africa the jokes only last until noon, and someone who plays a trick after noon is called an "April Fool".[1] Elsewhere, such as in France, Ireland, Italy, South Korea, Japan, Russia, The Netherlands, Brazil, and the U.S., the jokes last all day. The earliest recorded association between April 1 and foolishness can be found in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales (1392). *Used Hoaxes. See stolen, appropriated, plagiarised, misappropriated foolish intellectual properties.

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