Friday, April 06, 2007


I wasn't the victim of any April Fools jokes this year. Well, unless you count the flight delay encountered at the St. Louis airport.

"Sorry folks, there was a mistake - although the monitors say your flight is on time and we should be boarding now, the plane actually hasn't left the Chicago airport yet."

Yes, they fooled me into thinking my flight was going to leave on time. I should have known better.

The best April fools joke I've fallen for was an email that went out to the physics department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

It announced that Stephen Hawking was giving a colloquium that day and the short notice was for security / crowd control reasons. They totally had me going - until I mentioned it to a fellow student and he pointed out that it was April 1st...

There's something great about a good laugh. But apparently laughter and jokes don't always go hand-in-hand. Check out this article from a Florida State University study that found that people often laugh not because they think something is funny, but as an automatic response to their situation - who is telling the joke and how they are related to the teller.

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