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April Fools of All Time

The Taco Liberty Bell
"In 1996 the Taco Bell Corporation announced that it had bought the Liberty Bell from the federal government and was renaming it the Taco Liberty Bell. Hundreds of outraged citizens called up the National Historic Park in Philadelphia where the bell is housed to express their anger. Their nerves were only calmed when Taco Bell revealed that it was all a joke a few hours later. The best line inspired by the affair came when White House press secretary Mike McCurry was asked about the sale, and he responded that the Lincoln Memorial had also been sold, though to a different corporation, and would now be known as the Ford Lincoln Mercury Memorial."--From Top 100 April Fool's Day Hoaxes of All Time. More "news" from this hilarious site includes Swiss spaghetti harvest produces bumper crop, Alabama changes value of pi, and the left-handed Whopper from Burger King.

Origin of April Fool's Day: History and Background

Google Pranks
Google's dynasty is growing with its launch of a sports drink for the brain. The giant search engine company just announced its beta of Google Gulp, a line of "smart drinks" designed to maximize your web surfing efficiency by making you more intelligent and less thirsty. I'm drinking a bottle of Glutamate Grape right now and it's delicious.

Job hunting? Google posted an exciting announcement for their Copernicus space station: "This unique opportunity is available only to highly-qualified individuals who are willing to relocate for an extended period of time, are in top physical condition and are capable of surviving with limited access to such modern conveniences as soy low-fat lattes, The Sopranos and a steady supply of oxygen."

How does Google do it? The Technology Behind Google's Pagerank

Here in Nashville: Thailand, Tennessee

True or April's Fool?

It's true . . .

"We move the world," international shipping concern DHL boasts in its ad (March 15, 2004 issue of Sports Illustrated) depicting Nashville as a backwater province. Turns out DHL moves the world with more than packages. The ad depicts a four-wheel drive navigating a flooded mid-Tennessee road and the caption: “For 35 years, we’ve delivered despite language barriers, unpaved roads and lack of street addresses. Try us to Nashville.” While there are on occasion flooded roads in Tennessee and while some of us speak with a southern accent and permit our paint-peeling street addresses to fall off our ramshackle mail boxes, in this particular case, the picture was not of a Nashville scene, or even of a Tennessee locale. The photo was taken in a rice paddy in Thailand. Way to move us, DHL! Nashvillians love to travel and like it even better when such a beautiful part of the world comes to us.

Nashville's City Paper gives the full details.






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