April Fool’s Day and The Media

From ELY Channel’s Sauna Wars to Fresh Direct’s Eagle Caught Salmon, the social media of today loves April Fools.

Breise! Breise! Extra! Extra!

Spaghetti Tree in Switzerland

The tradition of April Fool’s Day goes back to the introduction of the Gregorian calendar in 1582 which shifted the date of New Year’s Day from April 1st to January 1st. People in France continued to celebrate the start of the New Year on April 1st for several years and were labelled “April fools.”

The media likes to keep up the tradition of celebrating April Fool’s Day. Below is a short documentary teaser introduced by Terry Jones of Monty Python fame which caused quite a “flap of feathers” when it was released.

Google couldn’t wait to get a “bit” of the action for April Fool’s Day, turning Google Maps into prehistoric 8-bit pictures.

The Guardian newspaper of the UK even falls prey occasionally to  pranks proving that even a guardian of best practices in media and journalism caves into April Fool’s Day reports.

The best known and most celebrated prank by…

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