A Laughing Matter…

April Fool's Day

This Sunday is April Fool’s Day, so get your pranks ready!  There’s some debate as to the origin of this “holiday”, but many believe that it started in France in 1582 when the country adopted the Gregorian Calendar.  Under this new system, New Year’s Day changed from the end of March to January 1st.  Some people out of jest and stubborness, continued to celebrate the New Year on April 1st.   These people quickly became victims of pranks and jokes, as the majority of society thought their actions were foolish.

In modern society, elaborate advertising hoaxes for major brands are commonplace, as are pranks pulled by media outlets.  Here are few of our favorite pranks from recent years, tell us some funny ones you’ve pulled on your friends, family, or co-workers!

  • In 2010, Google announced it had released an android app called “Google Translate for Animals”.  Check out the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3I24bSteJpw&feature=player_embedded
  • In 2009, Internet travel company Expedia offered flights to Mars.  The site, which featured an ad for the flights, includes details on hotels and activities on Mars as well as explanation about life and weather on Mars. You can even choose your spaceship. Expedia
  • In 2009, The Guardian newspaper in England announced that it would be the first newspaper in the world to be published exclusively via Twitter.  Their reasoning?  To “consolidate their position at the cutting edge of new media technology”
  • In 2011, Irish airline Ryanair, annouced that they would offer “child-free flights” beginning in October.  The Head of Communications, Stephen McNamara, released this statement, “When it comes to children we all love our own but would clearly prefer to avoid other people’s little monsters when travelling. While half our passengers would like us to divide our cabins up into ‘adult’ and ‘family’ areas it is not operationally possible due to our free seating policy, with optional priority boarding”
  • In 2011, Kodak added the feature of “Relationshifffft”, where you can remove your exes from your photos.


Here Come the Fools

With March in its final stretch, and April coming right around the corner, there is but one thing plaguing our minds… Who is going to play a joke on me?! For your sake, we of course hope that no one does, but we know that even if you are the victim of some harsh prank, you’ll look back on it someday and laugh.

If you don’t believe us, check out our top 10 list of all-time funniest April Fool’s Day hoaxes, but don’t try these at home!

10. Smell-O-Vision: In 1965, BBC claimed that it was conducting a trial of a new technology that would allow the transmission of odor over the airwaves. Many people called BBC to report what they smelled.


9. Rough Landing: In 1993, a Radio DJ told his listeners that the space shuttle Discovery had been diverted from Edwards Air Force Base, and that it would be landing at Montgomery Field, a small airport in San Diego. Thousands of people went to the airport to watch the landing, which caused traffic jams throughout the area. The best part was that there wasn’t even a shuttle in orbit at that time.


8. Google Copernicus: In 2004, Google posted fake job openings at their research center on the moon, called the Google Copernicus Hosting Environment and Experiment in Search Engineering (G.C.H.E.E.S.E). To see this job posting, just search for “Google Copernicus”.


7. Trebek is Sajak and Sajak is Trebek: in 1997, Alex Trebek of Jeopardy! and Pat Sajak of Wheel of Fortune switched hosting roles. One of the puzzles during the episode was in the category “Really Long Title”, and the answer was Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!


6. Google or Topeka?: In 2010, Topeka, Kansas changed its name temporarily to Google. Then, on April Fool’s Day that year, Google announced that it would be changing its name to Topeka, in order to “honor that moving gesture”.


5. Rickrolled: In 2008, YouTube linked all featured videos on UK and Australian homepages to a video of Rick Astley’s song “Never Gonna Give You Up”, causing all users of the website who clicked on these videos to be “Rickrolled”.

4. Taco Liberty Bell: In 1996, Taco Bell announced that it had agreed to purchase the Liberty Bell, in order to help reduce the country’s national debt. Thousands of shocked Americans called Taco Bell’s headquarters to complain. After the fact surfaced that this was all a hoax, Ford Motor Co. announced that it would be refurbishing the Lincoln Memorial, and that it would be changed to the Lincoln Mercury Memorial.

3. Left-Handed Burger: In 1998, Burger King announced in USA Today that it had come out with a new Whopper specifically designed for left-handed customers. The condiments on this new burger were designed to drip out of the right side, so that people eating them would not get their left hands dirty. Not only did customers start ordering these new Whoppers, but some even asked for the “old” right-handed burgers!

2. Starbucks’ New Sizes: In 2010, Starbucks announced that it was introducing two new cup sizes: the Plenta and the Micra. The Plenta was a 128-ounce beverage for caffeine addicts, and the Micra was only 2 ounces, for those who can’t handle too much of it.

1. Spaghetti Trees: In 1957 BBC held a news story depicting a family in Southern Switzerland harvesting spaghetti from their very own spaghetti tree. Many viewers called the station, asking how to grow their own spaghetti trees, to which BBC replied, “Place a sprig of spaghetti in a tin of tomato sauce and hope for the best”.

Got a hilarious April Fool’s prank of your own? Leave a comment below and tell us all about it (but please, keep it clean)!






“What’s Your Sign?” – not just a cheesy pick up line anymore…

I can honestly say I have never heard someone use the pick-up line “What’s your sign?” nor have I heard that line used on someone else.  For some reason though, it’s one of those infamously, cheesy pick-up lines that no one uses but everyone knows.  As of last week, we may be hearing this “What’s your sign?” question used more often.  Nope, not as a pick-up line, but as a serious question.  If you haven’t heard the buzz about it yet, it turns out that some astronomers now are saying that the zodiac sign you once thought you had may not be correct.  Something about months shifting?  You can find out more on this new revelation at ABC.com.  What are your thoughts?  And what is your sign ;) ?

Nursing Humor

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We created this blog to share with you exiting news and tips related to the healthcare industry and as a way to encourage you to participate.  We want to put your articles, experience, and ideas here on these posts, so please send in your comments & feedback. Let’s build this together. Ok – I will start things off with a bit of fun, so here goes:

The top reasons why you decided to become a nurse.

1.Pays better than fast food, though the hours aren’t as good.

2.Fashionable shoes & sexy white uniforms.

3. Needles: It’s better to give than to receive.

4.Reassure your patients that all bleeding stops….eventually.

5.Expose yourself to rare, exotic, & exciting new diseases.

6.Interesting aromas.

7.Do enough charting to navigate around the world.

8.Celebrate the holidays with all your friends…..at work.

9.Take comfort that most of your patients survive no matter what you do to them.

10.Courteous & infallible doctors who always leave clear orders in perfectly legible handwriting.



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