Of course, the Brits claim to be the ones who made it an annual celebration:
English pranksters started playing practical jokes on one another on April 1st from at least 1700.
Anyone who is successfully fooled before midday is known as a ‘noodle’, ‘gob’, ‘gobby’ or ‘noddy’ while anyone doing the fooling after midday is considered a fool themselves.
and over the years there have been some extremely clever April Fools’ Day pranks – the spaghetti tree being a prime example:
Then there was the Republic of San Serriffe
not to mention Australia’s own Great Sydney Iceberg:
From across the ditch (and specially for Kaffeeklatscher) comes this interesting scientific study:
RealClimate.org detailed the work of Dr. Ewe Noh-Watt of the New Zealand Institute of Veterinary Climatology, who had discovered that global warming was caused not by a buildup of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, but rather by the decline of New Zealand’s sheep population. The reasoning was that sheep are white, and therefore large numbers of sheep increased the planet’s albedo (the amount of sunlight reflected back into space). As the sheep population declined, the ground absorbed more solar radiation, thus warming the planet: “It can be seen that the recent warming can be explained entirely by the decline in the New Zealand sheep population, without any need to bring in any mysterious so-called ‘radiative forcing’ from carbon dioxide, which doesn’t affect the sunlight (hardly) anyway — unlike Sheep Albedo.”
Noh-Watt also warmed of a potentially destabilizing feedback mechanism: “As climate gets warmer, there is less demand for wool sweaters and wooly underwear. Hence the sheep population tends to drop, leading to even more warming. In an extreme form, this can lead to a ‘runaway sheep-albedo feedback,’ which is believed to have led to the present torrid climate of Venus.”
However, skeptics disputed the Sheep Albedo Hypothesis. Steve Ramsturf, spokesman for the New Zealand Sheep Farmers Guild, was quoted as saying, “Baaah, Humbug. No matter what goes wrong with the world, they’re always trying to blame the poor New Zealand Sheep Farmer.”
As it is now past midday all around Australia, no Pubster runs the risk of being a noodle, gob, gobby or noddy, nor would any of us be so foolish as to try a prank.
Our Dear Leader may be in a different category.
Therefore, at RNM 1953’s excellent suggestion, let’s have a go this evening at suggesting the most ridiculous
policies brainfarts waffles may emit over the next 13 weeks.
Specially for Gigilene . . .
428 thoughts on “The Feast of All Fools Friday”
Ah yes, the good old brick phone. OH – then at Telstra – had one of those.
And it’s goodnight from her
I am having trouble believing this. Telstra contacted all their customers and offered them all free internet today to make up for recent poor connective days & outings.
Either they haven’t fixed their connective problems or there has been a total overload today because, my internet connection has been cutting out on & off for quite a number of hours, now.
And it’s been a total pain in the ass all day! Thanks, Telstra!
who is this Tim Blair shithead?
Made comment few weeks ago that there was nothing wrong with Ellis.
how can any newspaper justify employing such a person? The whole thing must be a gutter journal. I have never read the Daily Smelly.
apparently this blair wanker works for the Daily Telegraph,
He should stick to
Windies needed 19 off the last over and they hit sixes off the first four balls.
Excellent way to screw the Poms
I wouldn’t like to think that a certain head of state had anything to do with Mossack Fonseca
The kiwis’ bankster PM could .
Good morning Dawn Patrollers.
The more I use this iPad the more frustrated I get! It would definitely be impossible for mr to put together the Patrol with this useless device.
I have had a look around the papers,etc and it would appear to be quite a slow news day. . . . So far.
Have a good day Blusgers.
” Blusgers.”…??..I see what you mean..but hey, isn’t there an App’.?
An interesting former refugee:
Perhaps Dr Jensen was not RWChristianNJ enough ? !!
Oy, you are supposed to be resting and relaxing. You should have left your work ethic at home. 🙂 We hope the weather is good for you the whole week.
I am hanging out to see the T section of the list.
Ain’t we all
Fraudband: not coming to a place near you
somea lot of our money is going
Leone, that $80 billion from health and schools, the ABC did a “Fact Check” in 2014
Verdict: The debate over the $80 billion figure – whether a cut or a saving – is hot air.
From over the road. A post of a comment in the GG. Nicely put. I’ve heard “silver tongued” applied to Truffles a zillion times but fcuked if I have ever heard Truffles display any.
He’s a worm tongue, not a silver tongue.
He’s useless at answering any question.
Well done to my son. he heard loud screams from a woman in a unit a street away in her flat so he called cops. I have no details of what happened and he probably won’t ever know either. But he could have saved a life.
ABC News 24 Verified account
BREAKING !!…Cops called to unit in Adelaide suburb after hearing woman screaming..: Large mouse took three bullets, spider ; one size 11 shoe!….
Police now searching for caller…if anyone knows his name , please call “Crime-stoppers”..
I don’t know what’s greater, his ego or my joy
A bit of deja vu here given that Andrews was a stalking horse for Abbott back in 2009
Foreman material? Guess whose Mum’s got a Whirlpool?
Another Kevin who thinks he’s irresistible …
Kevin Andrews: when too much charisma is barely enough!
Pansie day for me:
Now, if it’s charisma you want:
No phone, no internet since some time last night. Cause – a broken copper (of course) wire in the pole outside. Many thanks to the lovely chap in Mumbai (or somewhere like that) who helped me out this morning and promised it would be fixed tomorrow. Many more thanks to the wonderful Kevin, who just turned up much earlier than expected and has fixed the problem. As he says, it’s fixed ‘for now’. Someone must have pulled on the kikuyu connection and broken it.
I have had to rely on Sky News to keep[ up with what’s happening. They have been talking up the Kevin Andrews thing all day as a real challenge to Turnbull’s leadership. Wonderful news, heading into an election which the government hopes to win by saying ‘Malcolm is just so charming’ over and over again.
Waffles to get the Grecian 2000 treatment? 😀
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