If you are seeing any strange stories online, check the date on the story. If it’s from April 1st or March
31st, be suspicious.
My favorite April Fools story was one that made us scratch our heads for a whole month. The National Geographic magazine included a story in their April issue one year about the discovery of a new species at the South Pole. It was a Naked Molerat that looked like a slug in the snow. The article claimed that the creature with no fur had an inner body heat that melted the snow around it and allowed it to survive the cold temperatures. It was able to melt a path in the snow with it’s own body heat. My husband is an engineer and this didn’t seem to fit the laws of thermodynamics. Still, weren’t there strange creatures living around deep sea volcanic vents at extremely high temperatures? We puzzled over these naked molerats for quite a while and didn’t suspect the august National Geographic Society of tomfoolery. Then the May issue arrived and we saw that indeed it had been a joke. We laughed, but our discussions of that naked molerat had been fun too.
Click here for one of my favorite spoofs: the Dora the Explorere movie trailer. It has a bit of a Hunger Games vibe to it. Enjoy!