April 1st is traditionally April Fools’ Day, although its origin is hidden in the misty depths of time.
Chaucer refers to something like Fools’ Day, and in the almost-700-years since The Nun’s Priest’s Tale, the Day has become acknowledged as almost a holiday – in some cases, from common sense.
There are legions of famous April Fools’ Day pranks, and the British press is particularly good at them.
For example, in 1957, there was the now-famous BBC news report on the Swiss spaghetti harvest – Grow your own pasta
And 20 years later, the respected Brit paper, The Guardian, published a long story on the mythical nation of San Serriffe – Book your vacation now
And the Daily Mail newspaper has a history of April Fools’ spoofs, some of which are worthy of Monty Python – Daily Foole errrrr Mail
Google today is spoofing off a stunt by Topkea, Kansas (which is vying to be a test site for Google’s new high-speed fiber optic system) and claiming it will re-name itself “Topeka” – Google to Topeka
So, on this day in particular, heed Marvin Gaye’s caution to believe only half of what you see and none of what you hear.
And happy fooling . . . .