Tomorrow is April Fool's Day — a day on which the vast majority of people will go about their lives as usual, oblivious of what day it is, and a very few people will go to extreme lengths to prank and play jokes on unsuspecting victims.
I have to confess that I've never played an April Fool prank in my life, and don't really have any interest in changing that. But over at my other home online, I've delved pretty deeply into the history of this unusual holiday. And this year I took the time to give my list of the Top 100 April Fool's Day Hoaxes of All Time a complete overhaul. So check it out, if interested.
And if you're in the Nova Scotia area, you can catch me on a CBC radio show tomorrow, Maritime Noon, talking and answering questions about the history of April Fools.
1947: The entertainment at gunmaker Melvin Johnson's dinner party was a balloon-clad model whom guests (apparently a bunch of old men) shot at with a pellet gun between courses. To the guests' great frustration, the balloons failed to break.
Scientists recreated a thousand year old medicinal remedy to study its efficacy and got a big surprise. The mixture, which includes cow bile, garlic, leeks and wine, kills the antibiotic resistant staph infection MRSA.
This video comes with no explanation (and no sound). The action really starts around 2 minutes in, and I fast forwarded through much of it. But I'm curious to know, why exactly do these dogs so desperately want to destroy that chair?
Paul Di Filippo
Paul has been paid to put weird ideas into fictional form for over thirty years, in his career as a noted science fiction writer. He has recently begun blogging on many curious topics with three fellow writers at The Inferior 4+1.
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