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April Fools!

Beware!  April Fool’s Day is today.  Be very suspicious of every person that is known to have a history of being a prankster as well as the quiet, unassuming types that suddenly morph into impish beings intent on getting to say “Gotcha” with delight!  One day a year, we give ourselves freedom to pull tricks on each other while we act innocent and pure as the driven snow.  The more unsuspecting the victim is, the greater the joy of “mission accomplished” when that one is pranked.  Here were some “larger than life” pranks that were successful on grand scales…..

Big Ben Goes Digital: The BBC reported in 1980 that the famous Big Ben clock tower would be converted to a digital clock in order to modernize the tower’s look. This outraged many citizens, as the clock tower was a historical part of London’s culture. BBC Japan even offered the clock hands in a contest to the first four callers, which actually resulted in some bidding.

Sweden Covers their TVs in Tights: in 1962, Sweden’s only television channel announced that the station could be viewed in color if one cut up tights and placed it over the television’s screen, which would bend the television’s light to make it appear in color. Thousands of Swedes cut up stockings and taped them over their television only to realize they were victims of a hoax.

The Earth Loses Gravity: in 1976, BBC Radio 2 reported that due to rare astronomical alignment of Pluto behind Jupiter, the Earth’s gravity would decrease. Listeners were told to jump in the air at 9:47 AM to take advantage of this, which would result in a floating feeling. Many reported that they had felt this floating sensation, one even stating that she and her friends lifted from their chairs to float around the room together.

Home Grown Spaghetti Trees: one of the most famous April Fools’ pranks occurred in 1957, when BBC news program Panorama reported on Switzerland’s spaghetti harvest. The region’s mild winter and lack of natural spaghetti pests allowed for the fruitful production of home-grown spaghetti. The BBC received many calls from people interested in growing their own spaghetti, who were told that they should place a sprig of spaghetti in tomato sauce.  (Taken from APRIL FOOLS DAY: THE HISTORY OF FOOLS).

This “Fool’s Day” is funny and intended to be so.  But not all references to foolish behavior and practices are so funny.  If one does something malicious and then seeks to pretend that he was only “fooling”…..”(Foolish) is the man who deceives his neighbor and says, “I am only joking.”(Proverbs 26:19).  One who is wise is cautious and turns away from evil, but a fool is reckless and careless. (Proverbs 14:16).  The wise will inherit honor, but fools get disgrace. (Prov.3:35).  The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds… (Psalm 14:1).

Always good to remember that whatever day it is….The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding. To him belongs eternal praise. (Psalm 111:10).