As previously noted (each year), we
have this 'problem.' Each April 1st we have a problem getting our
stories straight... we make things up, we get silly, we act weird
(-er than normal...) we exaggerate and lampoon... in other words,
we act like the folks that run Sun 'n Fun, (but are FAR more
amusing AND no one gets hurt...).
However; once a year it's fun to let it all hang out, and this
year is no exception.
Mind you, I hate to offer this caveat, but since there has been
some confusion in the past ... in one case by a New York Times
reporter who actually thought our story on Sandra Bullock racing
bizjets at Reno had a glimmer of truth.
And then there's our most recent "Life Imitates
Satire" winner, as retail giant Sam's Club announced the sale of a Cessna Mustang
as part of its "Once In A Lifetime" holiday promotion last year...
eerily similar to ANN's tongue-in-cheek predictions made just
six months before. We've yet to see any royalties from "our" idea,
ANYWAY, since our format doesn't always allow for easy
distinction between April 1st stories and stories that are
published on April 1st (if ya know what I mean...), we're gonna
warn ya... JUST THIS TIME.
Please note that all stories posted Sunday, April 1, 2007 that
are NOT labeled specifically as REAL NEWS should be read with
your funny bone in gear, and all others with a straight face... we
That's the LAST warning you're gonna get. After this, we take no
prisoners. We're having a ball putting this one together and
after some of the past year's low points, I guess we could all use
a laugh (and a good cry...).
We hope you enjoy our efforts
this year and appreciate the fine work done by ANN Editor-In-Chief
Jim Campbell, ANN Managing Editor Rob
Finfrock, E-Media Producers Pete Combs and Paul Plack,
ANN Associate Editors Annette Kurman and "newbie" Nikki
Atkinson, and some REALLY great ANN readers who sent us some
TRULY good ideas, photos and suggestions. Ya'll are some very
warped people... and we appreciate it.
By the way... Your suggestions for worthwhile April 1st topics
and story ideas are ALWAYS welcome. Just click the link below and
take your best shot... the weirder the better!
And if you think this year was crazy... just wait til 2008! We
get more bizarre EVERY Year.