April Fools’ Day
People celebrate April Fools’ Day on 1st April in the Western World. This means that people will try to trick people on this day in a funny way. People will tell friends and relatives an incredible lie to see if they believe it.
The April Fools’ Day jokes are about seeing if people are gullible – if they believe something which is obviously untrue. For example, people post on Facebook ”I am about to have an operation to get a third arm attached.” Some people will believe this ridiculous statement. There are other examples like saying ”the Queen of England has announced that she going to become a clown”, ”my dog has learnt to read” or ”the government has is banning the word ‘the’ starting from tomorrow ”, ”did you know that you will live ten years longer if you only ever drink through your nose?” People will pretend to suddenly totally change their attitude. A well known vegetarian might say she is going to start eating meat three times a day. A person might pretend to have totally changed his political opinions. A man who hates the European Union will suddenly say ”I absolutely love the European Union.” If someone believes such a foolish claim then you will say ‘April Fools’ Day’ loudly.
Some media organisations played April Fools’ Day jokes on the public. In the 1950s the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) showed a news item about special trees that grew spaghetti. Many people believe that spaghetti grew on trees! In 2008 the Guardian newspaper published an article saying that French President Sarkozy used special technology to make him look 10 centimetres taller than he really was. Notice the technology did NOT make him taller – it only made him LOOK taller by bending the light around him. It was an incredible thing to publish. But many people did not notice that it was 1st of April.
On April Fools’ Day most news items will be real! However, some media organisations will put in one joke news story to see if their readers or viewers notice. The next day the newspaper or new channel will tell their readers and viewers what the false story was. Some people think it is irresponsible of television channels and newspapers to publish such false stories. The public look to the media for information and not disinformation. Perhaps jokes should be on comedy shows and not in serious newspapers or on news broadcasts. But others argue these bogus stories are useful. It reminds people of the proverb ‘do not believe everything that you read in the newspapers’. It makes readers become more analytical and skeptical.
I am starting to build a bridge to the moon today.
- When is April Fools’ Day?
- Give an example of an April Fools’ Day joke.
- What is unusual about newspapers and news broadcasts on April Fools’ Day?
- If someone believes your crazily false claim on 1st April what should you say to them?
- Do you believe the claim about someone starting to build a bridge to the moon?
- Make up an April Fools’ Day claim – it should be something ridiculous. People should not believe it. Remember you are trying to see if people will fall for it.
Wunwun was a race horse
Tutu was one too.
Wunwun won one race today.
Tutu won one too.
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She sells sea-shells on the sea-shore.
The shells she sells are sea-shells, I’m sure.
For if she sells sea-shells on the sea-shore
Then I’m sure she sells sea-shore shells.
Betty Botter bought a bit of butter.
The butter Betty Botter bought was a bit bitter
And made her batter bitter.
But a bit of better butter makes better batter.
So Betty Botter bought a bit of better butter
Making Betty Botter’s bitter batter better
Shep Schwab shopped at Scott’s Schnapps shop;
One shot of Scott’s Schnapps stopped Schwab’s watch.
A Proper Copper Coffee Pot.
The sixth sitting sheet-slitter slit six sheets.
Irish Wristwatch, Swiss Wristwatch.
Pad kid poured curd pulled cold.
Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers. How many pickled peppers did Peter Piper pick?
Sequel ne’er equaled prequel.
Proper prior planning prevents pitifully poor performance.
Yally Bally had a jolly golliwog. Feeling folly, Yally Bally Bought his jolly golli’ a dollie made of holly! The golli’, feeling jolly, named the holly dollie, Polly. So Yally Bally’s jolly golli’s holly dollie Polly’s also jolly!
How much wood could Chuck Woods’ woodchuck chuck, if Chuck Woods’ woodchuck could and would chuck wood? If Chuck Woods’ woodchuck could and would chuck wood, how much wood could and would Chuck Woods’ woodchuck chuck? Chuck Woods’ woodchuck would chuck, he would, as much as he could, and chuck as much wood as any woodchuck would, if a woodchuck could and would chuck wood.
Longest word in the English language:
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flocc i nocc i ni hil pil if ic a tion
What is special about this sentence below?
The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy sleeping dog.