April Fools!

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This email was forwarded to me today:

In a move that will shock traditionalists, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II today announced that Buckingham Palace, the official residence of the British monarchy since 1837, will open its doors in October this year to paying hotel guests. Mr & Mrs Smith, the London-based boutique-hotel specialists, will handle all bookings.

"'We're aware that many will be surprised by Her Majesty's decision to open up a wing of her London residence,' says Royal Press Secretary Oona Abrillo," the message continued. "'But, in the light of recent events, she feels that the time is right to do so.' For more information, or to make an advance booking at The Royal Windsor Palace Suites, please view here.

"This is great," I thought, especially in light of the show we're doing on European travel today. At our morning meeting, I pitched it. "I got an email this morning, forwarded from someone who lives in England. They're opening part of Buckingham Palace to the public."

After the meeting, I went back to the email, to send it to Ashley, who produced the segment. I clicked the link.

Ah, April Fools Day. You get me every year....

Between the Buckingham Palace email and "New! Gmail Custom Time," I've already fallen for a few pranks today. At the end of the second hour today, we'll talk to Eric Wilhelm, of Popular Mechanics magazine, who has suggested five pranks you could pull on your coworkers today. Have you fooled anyone in your office? Tell us your best prank.

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Office, schmoffice! The best April Fool's stuff is online. I expect to have hours of fun tonight looking at what people have done to their blogs and websites today. For example, I'm notorious for not being a flower fan or cat person, but today my blog features my bother's dead cat, and promises to be "your site for cats and flowers, flowers and cats!"

Sent by Karen Funk Blocher | 3:47 PM | 4-1-2008

I used Skype's conference feature to cause all the phones in our office to ring at the same time. Lots of fun.

Sent by Bill W | 3:49 PM | 4-1-2008

The only April Fools Day joke I ever remember being played on me was at my very first job. I was 16 years-old and had been waiting tables at a small restaurant in my home town for only a month. My boss had talked to me a week earlier about my difficulty with being on time. On April 1st, I showed up five minutes late and my boss fired me when I walked through the door. She turned quickly and went into the kitchen. I was mortified- my first job and my first firing! What were my parents going to say? I stood there stunned for a moment then turned for the door. My boss came back out of the kitchen laughing hysterically and shouted "April Fools!" I went on to work there for two more years- but I called in sick on April first every year.

Sent by Katy | 4:00 PM | 4-1-2008

I'm a biologist and used to be on the board of a local land trust. A board buddy came up with this idea, and brought me in on it as he needed my cooperation. He distributed an email memo to the rest of the board telling them that, due to the danger of fire in one preserve, we were recommending an application of the herbicide Loof Lirpa, a variant of Agent Orange. Loof Lirpa, backwards is...well, you figure it out.

Sent by Steve Jones | 4:08 PM | 4-1-2008

My husband rigged a coworkers computer through spell-check or grammar check or such to substitute sophmoric words like "nipple" or "armpit" each time a common word like "that" or "it's" was typed. The best part was the fellow could not figure out how to fix it and avoided typing the words that morphed for months!

Sent by Shari Guarino | 9:56 PM | 4-1-2008

I sent NPR an email with a link to my blog parody of a news article about the Zimbabwe election...no comment yet from NPR

Sent by France Menk | 9:57 PM | 4-1-2008

I really do hope you did more than one April Fool story. I didn't hear the "Buckingham Hotel" story, but I did hear the preposterous story about IRS sending purchased items in lieu of money for this year's rebate to about a million taxpayers. It didn't hit me til a couple hours later that it wasn't an actual story because I've been so conditioned by 7 years of bizarre news coming out of this current administration...It was an April Fool story, right? A couple in Arizona gets an air conditioner? You've got to be kidding...Please say you were kidding.

Sent by Gary Mechler | 10:40 PM | 4-1-2008

I was telling that IRS story for the second time when I decided to check my sources... I'm a sucker

http://ypsidixit.blogspot.com/2008/04/was-this-npr-story-april-fools-hoax.html

Sent by Elida | 2:11 PM | 4-2-2008

My boss has been obsessed with the stock market for the last couple of months. He has been constantly checking his stocks and reporting the results of his investments to us.

While he was at a meeting, I edited the "hosts" file on his computer so that every attempt to reach scottrade.com sent him to my system with the domain name intact.

Here is what he saw:

Sent by Michael Pantoja | 2:25 PM | 4-2-2008

Was there no April Fools story on Talk of the Nation yesterday? I wasn't able to listen to the show, and when I looked through the list of stories broadcast yesterday I didn't see anything that looked silly enough.

Sent by Jean | 7:10 PM | 4-2-2008