It’s a bad idea to post April Fool’s posts on news sites. The results are usually:
- gullibility, followed by panic, and then embarrassment and mistrust
- a quick laugh from the intelligent readers
- God laughing as your imagined jest becomes reality (iCade, Tauntaun sleeping bags…)
Sometimes, the jest become epic and legendary. The BBC fooled many with a Panorama report on the Swiss Spaghetti Harvest of 1957. In 1997, the Guardian of London printed a special country insert commemorating the tenth anniversary of independence for the small island nation of San Seririffe. Mets fans still remember Sidd Finch, a pitching phenom profiled in Sports Illustrated in 1985. Of course, turnabout is fair play, as Joey Skaggs hosts an annual April Fool’s Day Parade marching down Fifth Avenue from 59th Street to Washington Square, issuing press releases to the media. Comic strip fans may remember the Comic strip switcheroo of 1997, and of course the great Helvetica/Comic Sans search results from Google last year. (And for those of you who still own a Nintendo NES, Google has just announced a Google Maps edition for that popular system!)
Instead, we ask our erudite readers to propose their own comics-inspired hoaxes below, with the explicit understanding that they are fictional, and are not to be taken seriously. Since this is the first year of the New 52, we suggest our readers imagine the craziest reworking of established DC characters to appear in future issues. For example:
Grant Morrison will present Mxyzptlk as a Kryptonian God of Chaos, in direct contrast to Brainiac, a God of Order. Both will battle across multiple dimensions (as hypothesized by String Theory), forming the “brane” of his long-awaited “Multiversity” epic.
If you require inspiration, we recommend the following texts:
as well as The Top 100 April Fool’s Hoaxes of All Time.
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