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pita? Why? They've been great humour for a hundred years! Maybe the average quality has declined, but still you see some really great ones.
Do you remember the BBC TV report about the spaghetti harvest? (Spaghetti-tree hoax - Wikipedia[^]) In 1957, pasta was far less known outside Italy, so lots of people honestly believed in the joke (and it was very well made).
Some of the April joke RFCs are great. RFC 1149 A Standard for the Transmission of IP Datagrams on Avian Carriers was actually implemented a few years later. ofr RFC 3514 The Security Flag in the IPv4 Header. There are several others that could deserve mentioning.
Jokes can have nice side effects, too. A number of years ago we still paid check. For Christmas, lots of people here in Norway bought for themselves, or as gifts, new furniture or whatever else you buy at IKEA. Then there was a mail robbery: The sack of mail contained all the check from IKEAs bigges warehouse in Norway for the busiest day of the year. If a check never reaches the bank, it is not charged to the issuer's account. Lots of people got their gifts and furniture for free that year. Of course the honest ones answered to the request to report to IKEA to repeat the payment, but many did not. Then, on April 1st the following year, Norway's biggest newspaper Aftenposten reported that the sack of mail was found, all the checks recovered. Those who had not reported their buys to IKEA would be reported for fraud. However, police was at the moment very busy with a few big investigations, and would be unable to handle it for another week. As there were still people reporting late to IKEA, those who have made up for their buys within the current week would suffer no consequences. IKEA had not been consulted about the joke, so when there suddenly was a great rush of people who admitted that they had not been charged for their buys, only those who had read Aftenposten that morning understood why.
I love April fool's jokes, but certainly prefer the more sophisticated ones. I love it when it takes days before people understand that they have been fooled. (And consequently I hate the modern trend that electronic media are rushing to be the first one to present a survey of "this year's jokes", often before you go to work on April 1st, so that there is no more use trying to fool you for the entire day.)
Have you been reading posts of facebook and twitter again? Everyone who watched that episode of Panorama knew it was a joke, and had a bloody good laugh, watching it. Hell, by 1957, we even knew what bananas, cabbages, and trees were.
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I love April fool's jokes, but certainly prefer the more sophisticated ones.
Sorry, but one good gag per 200,000,000 pathetic childish pranks isn't enough to sell the idea to me.
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