ANSWERS: 1: Don't Disturb the Squirrels (April Fools!) Perpetrated by Westdeutsche Rundfunk, a Cologne radio station, in 1993.

2: Corporate Tattoos (April Fools!) Reported by All Things Considered, on National Public Radio, in 1994. 3: Crustless Bread (True) This actually is a new product recently announced by Sara Lee. 4: Pet Tax (April Fools!) Perpetrated by WIOQ, A Philadelphia radio station, in 2002. But actually this is an old prank. For instance, it was also perpetrated by WZPL, an Indianapolis radio station, in 1993. 5: Chicken Manure-Powered Electrical Plant (True) In 1991 Mitsubishi Bank in London sought investors to back a 22 million pound loan to fund Fibropower. Because Mitsubishi Bank publicized the offer around April 1, many investors assumed they were joking. 6: Prehistoric Penguin Murals (True) The penguin murals were found in 1991 by deep-sea divers exploring a cave 7.5 miles southeast of Marseilles. 7: Alabama Changes Value of Pi (April Fools!) Reported in the 1998 issue of New Mexicans for Science and Reason, but before long it had spread throughout the internet. The Alabama legislature received thousands of angry calls from people who believed this story to be true. 8: Vodka Bars (April Fools!) Reported by the Itar-Tass Russian News Agency in 1994. Oddly enough, in a case of life imitating art, a South Korean brewer announced in 2002 that it had perfected a form of chewable rice wine. 9: Bank Teller Fees (April Fools!) Advertised in 1999 in the Journal-Inquirer by the Savings Bank of Rockville, a Connecticutbased bank. Reportedly many customers were convinced that it was true. One woman even cancelled her account to protest the fee. 10: The Tooth Telephone (True) Invented by Jimmy Loizeau and James Auger, researchers at MIT Media Lab Europe. Not yet available for consumers. 11: Karate experts collect bus fares (True) A strategy implemented in 1993 by the city of Chernivtsy in western Ukraine following a number of attacks on bus inspectors. 12: Operation Fake Tourist (True) A 'guerrilla marketing' tactic adopted by Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications Ltd. in 2002 to help spread the word about its new mobile phone that doubles as a camera. Teams of actors

in their eyes. 16: Purple Carrots (True) In 2002 Sainsbury began marketing purple carrots. in a half-page advertisement in The Sun in 2002. bred to be that color in the 1500s by Dutch growers paying homage to their royal family. The orange ones are the newcomers. Michigan in 1981. But carrots have actually come in purple varieties for thousands of years. 13: Whistling Carrots (April Fools!) Advertised by Tesco. the House of Orange. 14: Shark Breeding Experiment (April Fools!) Reported by the Herald-News in Roscommon. 15: Carrots reclassified as a fruit (True) Bureaucrats in the European Union did classify carrots as a fruit in a 1979 directive. and anything used to make jam.hang around landmarks such as the Empire State Building asking passersby to snap their photo. . apparently because the Portuguese use carrots to make jam. a British supermarket chain. must be a fruit.

NASA engineers in Huntsvile. coconut. 8: Vodka Bars Recently a Russian beverage company announced a new product designed to appeal more specifically to Russian tastes: chewy Vodka bars. 6: Prehistoric Penguin Murals In 1991 prehistoric murals were discovered on the walls of an underwater cave in eastern France revealing that penguins and man once lived side-by-side in that region. 5: Chicken Manure-Powered Electrical Plant In 1991 Mitsubishi Bank contacted venture capitalists about an exciting new investment opportunity: Fibropower. and then $1 extra for every additional pound the pet weighs over ten pounds. Germany imposed a new regulation on people jogging through the city park. and salted cucumber flavors. once experimented with offering teenagers an intriguing deal. the city officials cautioned. 3: Crustless Bread For those who just can't stand the taste of crusts. Runners were required to pace themselves to go no faster than six mph. The company hopes the candy bars will compete successfully against popular western imports such as Mars and Snickers bars. The Vodka bars will be available in lemon. a way to put unwanted chicken manure to good use.14159 to the Biblical value of 3. in search of more innovative ways to reach out to young consumers. 2: Corporate Tattoos The Pepsi-Cola Company. and are too lazy to cut them off themselves. The company sponsored teenagers to tattoo themselves with its corporate logo. Any faster. faced with a looming budget shortfall. a 14-megawatt generating plant fueled entirely by chicken poop. Finally. Teenagers were said to have responded enthusiastically to the offer. Sara Lee introduced in 2002 the ultimate in convenience: crustless bread. the investment prospectus boasted. Failure to pay the tax could result in the euthanization of the pet.0. 7: Alabama Changes Value of Pi In 1998 the Alabama state legislature voted to change the value of the mathematical constant pi from 3. . the teenagers received a lifetime 10% discount on the company's products. could disturb the squirrels who were in the middle of their mating season. The owners will be charged a base fee of $10 per pet. In return for permanently branding themselves. accustomed to seeing prehistoric depictions of animals such as bison and deer. Alabama were reportedly disturbed by the decision.1: Don't Disturb the Squirrels In 1993 city officials in Cologne. Suggestions that this was a chickens**t idea were ignored. were extremely surprised to find the penguins. last year announced a new tax targeted at pet owners. Available in stores everywhere! 4: Pet Tax The city of Philadelphia. Historians.

The store hopes that the new offering will appeal to fickle children who have grown bored by the orange variety.' Tapered airholes inside the carrot cause it to whistle when properly cooked. in fact. the Foundation suggested that local fishermen and swimmers should exercise caution around the sharks. 12: Operation Fake Tourist Convinced that word of mouth is the best form of advertising. hammerheads. Users speak normally. 15: Carrots reclassified as a fruit In 1979 officials in the European Union confirmed what many have long suspected: that carrots are not. 16: Purple Carrots For those yearning to add a colorful splash to their meals. and the tiny microphone picks up their voice. but are actually a variety of fruit. one town in Ukraine recently adopted a unique solution: Karate-trained fare collectors. the actors will ask random passersby to take their picture with the Sony camera. The bank promised that the fee would actually help to improve the quality of customer service. the actors then begin to speak effusively about the features of the camera. In the press release announcing the experiment. Sony announced last year that it will hire actors to use the company's new camera at major tourist attractions. While posing as tourists. 11: Karate experts collect bus fares Faced with a growing number of unruly passengers. British scientists announced last year the development of a genetically modified 'whistling carrot. 13: Whistling Carrots Tired of overcooking the carrots? Now there's a solution. The number of passengers trying to ride without paying was said to be down sharply ever since the new collectors were introduced. When implanted into a tooth. perfect for those who want to talk hands-free while on the go. The officials urged that appropriate reclassification efforts should begin at once. 14: Shark Breeding Experiment In 1981 the National Biological Foundation released two thousand radio-tagged sharks (including blue sharks.9: Bank Teller Fees In 1999 a Connecticut-based bank announced that due to rising costs it would be forced to charge a $5 fee every time a customer visited a live teller. . the tiny device vibrates to let the user know there's a call. a British supermarket announced last year that it will soon be selling purple carrots. 10: The Tooth Telephone Engineers recently unveiled the world's first tooth telephone. Once a passerby agrees. Incoming sounds are transferred to the inner ear by means of bone resonance. and a few great whites) into selected Michigan lakes in order to study the cold-water breeding habits of the sharks. a vegetable.

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