April Fool’s Day project

Sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference.

I’m looking for the best examples of genuine news stories or non-ironic posts (ideally with today’s dateline) that look as if they might be April Fool’s jokes or items from The Onion.

Here’s a sample.


First reader submission, from Arvin Tseng of Rebuttable Presumption) , and it’s a clear winner, from Reuters via MS-NBC:

Flying squirrel wins reprieve in Canada

A move to extradite ‘Sabrina’ is reversed

At least it doesn’t mention Sabrina’s boyfriend, Rocky.

And CNN is not to be outdone:

Ms. Wheelchair stripped of title for standing up

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com