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April Fools' Day

There are many names for this day, just as there are many practical jokes to play on the unsuspecting. The simplest pranks usually involve children who, for example, tell each other that their shoelaces are undone and then cry "April Fool!" when the victims glance at their feet. Sometimes the media broadcast fictitious news items; British television, for example, once showed Italian farmers "harvesting" spaghetti from trees. The French call it Fooling the April Fish Day (the fool being the poisson d'avril) and try to pin a paper fish on someone's back without getting caught. More...
Posted: Saturday, April 01, 2017 6:53:30 AM

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I know posting it here is sort of ruining the joke, but they were obviously worried people would take it seriously or they wouldn't have put in so many clues!


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Uk to introduce 99p coin to help phase out copper coins
The British Government has agreed to start producing the coins towards the end of 2017.

Just days after the new 12-sided £1 coin entered circulation the Royal Mint have confirmed that it will be followed by a 99p version this summer.

The coin - also 12-sided - is designed to bring a smile to the faces of people either too tight to part with a pound or those sick of getting copper in their change.

The new coin was designed after a public competition and will feature the creation of Huyton resident Wynn Dup.

Delighted that his design had been chosen, Wynn said: “Coming up with design of the first 99p coin is my biggest achievement since I caught a red herring in the River Mersey in 1981.

While the new £1 coin has been described as the most secure coin in the world and boasts high-tech features including a hologram, the 99p coin can easily be melted down and put to other uses.
Customers wishing to reserve the 99p coin can send a cheque for £1 to the Royal Mint from July.

Coin expert Penny Drop is less than convinced, and said: “You’d be foolish not to be sceptical - not all change is good.”

Posted: Saturday, April 01, 2017 9:57:18 AM

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Posted: Saturday, April 01, 2017 11:24:33 AM

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Another one - from the Telegraph, very serious broadsheet.

But interesting that they haven't just gone for a joke - they are trying to use the spoof to draw attention to a serious issue.
But of course once something is on the internet, it lasts a long time time. And people often don't look at the date stamp. So they have to add a disclosure. Liar

Polar bears spotted in Scotland as animals flee melting Arctic ice cap

Rollo Piaf
1 APRIL 2017 • 9:48AM
• For those arriving to this page after 12pm on April 1st 2017, this story was an April Fool, as we explain here

Anybody venturing to Scotland normally has only the midges to avoid. Now there’s an altogether more terrifying, not so wee beastie lurking in the woods.

For scientists with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) have discovered a polar bear living on an island in the Outer Hebrides.

The images and video footage were captured by a dog walker on North Uist. Its authenticity has been verified by the WWF.

Scientists believe the bear may have been forced to head south after finding itself stranded on a melting sheet of ice that broke away from the Arctic ice cap.

Data tracking suggests more polar bears are likely to follow the same route in coming months and years as the ice cap continues to diminish.

With its abundance of seals providing a ready-made diet, North Uist could soon find itself home to a whole colony of polar bears.

It’s not inconceivable, say scientists, that as the island becomes overcrowded, the bears could one day head south to Glasgow. Polar bears, the most carnivorous members of the bear family, would likely be able to survive by scavenging in the city’s bins for discarded haggis, kebabs and other meat products.

Satellite tracking technology showed that the polar bear started its journey in Svalbard in the Norwegian Arctic in January. But record declines in sea ice and unseasonably high temperatures forced it south in an attempt to adapt to the effects of climate change.

The polar bear, who has been given the name Lirpa Loof, which is Norwegian for ‘white and fluffy’, was then sighted on the North Uist beach.

Rod Downie, WWF Polar Programme Manager, said: “It may seem a million miles away but in fact Scotland is the Arctic’s closest neighbour.

“It’s less than 400 miles from the north of Scotland to the Arctic Circle. Some polar bears have been known to travel more than twice that distance, so this does not come as a major surprise to polar bear experts in the UK.

“Other arctic species, such as barnacle geese, also make the annual migration to Scotland’s shores.

“With continuing increases in Arctic temperatures and record declines in sea ice we can only predict that polar bears will continue to migrate to Scottish shores. The Arctic is in meltdown.”

Scientists are keeping the precise location of the polar bear secret to prevent sightseers flooding the island armed with cameras and inappropriate food, such as deep fried Mars Bars, to lure it into the open. It is feared that a number of monster spotters from Loch Ness may also make the journey.

It is not the first time polar bears have been found on Scottish shores. It is thought that polar bears once lived in Scottish Highlands. A skull dating back 18,000 years was discovered in 1927 by archaeologists looking for evidence of early human habitation

The current estimate of polar bear populations is 26,000 in the wild, but this falls within a possible range of 22,000 to 31,000 bears.

But current predictions suggest that by 2050, polar bear numbers may decline by 30 per cent due to the rapid loss of sea ice unless climate change is halted. And it’s not just polar bears which are vulnerable, WWF’s Living Planet report 2016, found nearly one in six species are at risk of extinction from climate change.

To help fund projects that protect polar bears and their habitat and reduce the impacts of climate change the public can find out how to adopt a polar bear with WWF at
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