Yesterday was April Fool’s Day in many countries. You can read about the origins of April Fool’s Day on Wikipedia. Many news organizations, companies, and individuals make joke announcement on this day. As a result, people may not believe you if you tell them surprising news on this day, even if it’s true. And people may get upset by jokes that are in poor taste (such as calling your friend and telling her you have cancer–that’s not funny!).
I don’t participate in April Fool’s Day, but I love to read about it. People make lists of public April Fool’s jokes every year, such as the list for this year at Wikipedia. I added two jokes to this page myself! Here are some international April Fool’s Day jokes to read about:
- The Japan Times reported that the famous statue of Hachiko in Shibuya had been stolen.
- MuggleNet posted fake comments about the seventh Harry Potter book.
- PC Magazine created a slideshow of ten fake technology products.
- The US space agency, NASA, posted a real picture from space, labeled as “the first space Quidditch” match (another Harry Potter reference). (You can check out their Astronomy Picture of the Day every day.)
- Google claimed to offer a new paper-based e-mail service.