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April Fool


Mar 13, 2013, 1:47 AM

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April Fool

I don't want to be a killjoy, and whereas I enjoy an April's Fools joke (unless it's on me...) the whole point, at least in this country, is that it is hard to detect. National newspapers hide them among other, genuinely ludicrous British news stories ("Economy shows signs of green shoots...").

So running a full Scuttlebutt of obvious jokes is self defeating and, from past experience, can be rather tedious. If you know there's a joke coming, where's the surprise?

We used to run April Fool's jokes in Yachting Monthly, one of which had me swinging an old style electronic echo sounder transducer on the end of its cable (a snip at only £19.99). Readers in scores asked us where they could buy this so obviously simple, cheap electronic leadline.

So, why not run the usual Scuttlebutt, and try and hide the jokes? See who can spot fact from fiction. "America's CUP CEO claims halving LA economic benefit is a 'Good News Story'..." etc

Rich Hayes (UK)

Mar 28, 2013, 7:44 AM

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Re: [adrianmorgan] April Fool

Heh, the electronic leadline was a good one, up to the standard of the great ‘polyestermite’ scam a few decades previously. And wasn’t it Des Sleightholme who used to keep his (real) leadline in an old Seamaster (?) rotary echo sounder unit with its innards removed? Brilliant.

Anyway, probably one reason for S’butt to run this issue is space – there are maybe hundreds of funny stories which aren’t true, but could be and would remain unread if they were only published individually once a year. I, for one, look forward to it - and you can always delete the newsletter without opening it…