Wikipedia:April Fools' Main Page/In The News/Archive 2010

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Start of 1 April 2010End of 1 April 2010

External links

The following discussion is closed. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made on the appropriate discussion page. No further edits should be made to this discussion.

Please use this page for discussions surrounding the creation of "In The News" items for April Fool's day 2010

Areas of work needed to complete the front page are:

Ground rules for this activity along with a list or participants may be found on the Main talk page.

General discussion[edit]

Hello. I am first here. I should like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for last year. Some of the "headlines" from 2009 feature here. --candlewicke 21:46, 3 April 2009 (UTC)[reply]

"Every item on the home page of the user-generated site Wikipedia is fake." Jacqui Smith's claimed expenses on pornography was correct (according to BBC). Stupid Fox News can't even be bothered to check for sources or take any interest in British politics. The news story made headline news for two days in a row on the BBC News. Jolly Ω Janner 13:36, 4 April 2009 (UTC)[reply]
Nothing was fake actually so don't take too much offence over the Smith story. The nude portraits controversy was even bigger news in Ireland as speculation mounted as to the artist's identity. The Museum of Bad Art also exists despite the ignorance of Fox. --candlewicke 21:04, 4 April 2009 (UTC)[reply]
please also know that news should be some what current too. so something that will happen during april 1 week would be more appropriate to discuss (for now). something that already happened will simply not be funny in 4 weeks. -- Ashish-g55 19:10, 4 March 2010 (UTC)[reply]

() I think it is time to decide what items are going to be used. —  Cargoking  talk  22:18, 26 March 2010 (UTC)[reply]


Please suggest suitable items here. Thank you. --candlewicke 21:46, 3 April 2009 (UTC)[reply]

Topeka, Kansas[edit]

How about that Topeka, Kansas 'renames' itself 'Google, Kansas'? link here Calmer Waters 07:41, 1 April 2010 (UTC)[reply]

Lara Bingle[edit]

If it doesn't violate BLP, we can make something up for her. Even Michael Clarke had to lcut short his New Zealand tour Geo.

Neutrality Arch[edit]

Hand of Henry[edit]

Thierry Handry
Thierry Handry
Ehm, the idea is to have real and accurate news with improbable wordings. The one you suggest is not accurate (as of today). --Tone 07:59, 3 March 2010 (UTC)[reply]
I think we can use this topic though. "French fans jeer Thierry Henry". --candlewicke 23:25, 4 March 2010 (UTC)[reply]
* "France booed off the pitch as Spain triumph in Paris: Crowd turns anger on Thierry Henry".
* "Thierry Henry, whose infamous handball helped eliminate the Irish, was jeered when he left the field in the second half by a frustrated home crowd".
* "You might think the French fans would be grateful to Thierry Henry, their captain and record goalscorer, for making sure they qualified for the World Cup - albeit in somewhat unorthodox and controversial circumstances. Not a bit of it, judging by the jeering and whistling that Henry received from his home crowd yesterday". --candlewicke 23:29, 4 March 2010 (UTC)[reply]

Churchill's death[edit]

I like it, although we could do with making it a bit more humourous --Daviessimo (talk) 21:22, 3 March 2010 (UTC)[reply]
I'm having a sense of humour failure this evening, but how about "Winston Churchill dies nearly sixty-five years after the end of World War II". Physchim62 (talk) 21:45, 3 March 2010 (UTC)[reply]
Yes to this! Was going to nominate it myself. --candlewicke 02:20, 4 March 2010 (UTC)[reply]
Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. This is the best. --PlasmaTwa2 06:19, 4 March 2010 (UTC)[reply]

This is funny? How could you even begin to think it was? It is in extremely poor taste and has now been removed from the main page. – ukexpat (talk) 03:15, 1 April 2010 (UTC)[reply]

Chile blamed by NASA[edit]

  • It would be good if we could use this in some way. Maybe something like NASA announces that Chile may be responsible for speeding up the rotation of the earth --Daviessimo (talk) 21:22, 3 March 2010 (UTC)[reply]
"World speeds up in response to Chilean earthquake"? Physchim62 (talk) 21:52, 3 March 2010 (UTC)[reply]
"Sun rises earlier due to Chilean earthquake." Spikebrennan (talk) 23:23, 11 March 2010 (UTC)[reply]

Playstation advice[edit]

Headquarters of a multinational conglomerate corporation
Headquarters of a multinational conglomerate corporation
The time machine, marketed by Sony as "PlayStation 3"
The time machine, marketed by Sony as "PlayStation 3"
Sony warns against playing on PlayStation 3 consoles. Physchim62 (talk) 21:50, 3 March 2010 (UTC)[reply]
I've added a picture which might be useful until someone can find a better one (or if they do). A Japanese multinational conglomerate corporation (headquarters pictured) inadvertently invents a time machine.
Or how many people are affected by this? A Japanese multinational conglomerate (headquarters pictured) investigates how X people were sent to 1999 and back again. There's a lot of fun possibilities for this one! :-) --candlewicke 02:35, 4 March 2010 (UTC)[reply]
There must be millions of people affected. According to the article, there were 19 million units of the old-style PS3 sold in the U.S. and Europe alone by the middle of last year when the new slimline version became available. Physchim62 (talk) 11:48, 4 March 2010 (UTC)[reply]
by april 1 the news will be too stale to be funny though -- Ashish-g55 19:09, 4 March 2010 (UTC)[reply]

Young air traffic controller[edit]

This might be worth a look - Dumelow (talk) 22:19, 3 March 2010 (UTC)[reply]

Support. --candlewicke 02:21, 4 March 2010 (UTC)[reply]
  • The youngest commander in American history is removed from office despite doing an "awesome job". --candlewicke 11:14, 4 March 2010 (UTC)[reply]
I like it, but I think the rules are (or, at least, should be) that we need an updated article as for normal ITN pieces. I can't eally see where we're going to get the article from here. Physchim62 (talk) 11:38, 4 March 2010 (UTC)[reply]
An update could be made here John_F._Kennedy_International_Airport#Accidents_and_incidents --Daviessimo (talk) 11:42, 4 March 2010 (UTC)[reply]
This one is pretty funny actually. -- Ashish-g55 19:19, 4 March 2010 (UTC)[reply]

French hotline to God[edit]

Communication with Heaven was easier in the past, and the new French hotline aims to ease relations in the future
Communication with Heaven was easier in the past, and the new French hotline aims to ease relations in the future

Nana Mouskouri[edit]

yes, that's perfect! --Daviessimo (talk) 11:58, 4 March 2010 (UTC)[reply]

Singapore's ban[edit]

Opium poppy secreting white milk
Opium poppy secreting white milk
Picture from latex. --candlewicke 17:06, 4 March 2010 (UTC)[reply]
Erm, that's a picture of an opium poppy! Physchim62 (talk) 18:20, 4 March 2010 (UTC)[reply]
I know. :-) --candlewicke 18:26, 4 March 2010 (UTC)[reply]
  • Singapore declines to decriminalize the mastication of polyisobutylene and latex in the human mouth, citing public transportation concerns. Spikebrennan (talk) 23:28, 11 March 2010 (UTC)[reply]

Greece (again)[edit]

Greece decides to sell some of the country to help alleviate its debts --Daviessimo (talk) 17:09, 4 March 2010 (UTC)[reply]

This is just a suggestion by a couple of German economists at the moment, no indication that the Greek government will follow through with the idea. Physchim62 (talk) 18:20, 4 March 2010 (UTC)[reply]

Internet Explorer 6[edit]

I like it! but it should be "funeral in Denver, Colorado, of a..." to avoid a slight ambiguity. Physchim62 (talk) 08:07, 5 March 2010 (UTC)[reply]
"... famous but insecure nine-year-old information presenter..." Spikebrennan (talk) 23:30, 11 March 2010 (UTC)[reply]
"... gather in Denver, CO, for the funeral of a famous ..." --A More Perfect Onion (talk) 17:27, 16 March 2010 (UTC)[reply]

Legal representation for... wait for it... animals![edit]

I'm sorry, but we've got to find away to use this. Its brilliant! --Daviessimo (talk) 19:45, 6 March 2010 (UTC)[reply]

Failed airport security test[edit]

  • Slovakian uniformed group uses air delvery system to bomb Ireland, a supposedly friendly fellow member of the EU. Kevin McE (talk) 00:44, 10 March 2010 (UTC)[reply]
how recent does it have to be for this days "news"? Kevin McE (talk) 00:44, 10 March 2010 (UTC)[reply]
I think that one's OK if we can get a good blurb. How about: Northern Irish peace process on track despite the Slovakian shipment of high explosive found in Dublin. Physchim62 (talk) 09:14, 11 March 2010 (UTC)[reply]
However, there is an untruth in that as there is no evidence that this had anything to do with the peace process. --candlewicke 05:10, 13 March 2010 (UTC)[reply]
It's not an untruth, it is just two barely connected facts. Obviously the Slovakian explosives had nothing to do with terrorism, and certainly not NI terrorism, but it's ironic that they were sent to Dublin and not, say, Stockholm or Zürich. We could have run an ETA link if they'd been sent to Bilbao, for example. Physchim62 (talk) 09:01, 13 March 2010 (UTC)[reply]

Corpse found inside a grave[edit]

Why not this for the irony? A corpse is discovered inside a grave under soil in a cemetery. It has been in the news for several days too. --candlewicke 01:06, 10 March 2010 (UTC)[reply]

Yep, I like it!
This seems to be a recurring event in Cyprus. "One corpse is discovered inside a grave under soil in a cemetery but two more aren't". --candlewicke 12:40, 21 March 2010 (UTC)[reply]

Romanian town erects road signs warning of drunk pedestrians[edit]

Daily Telegraph Article to update would be Pecica. Physchim62 (talk) 09:14, 11 March 2010 (UTC)[reply]

Support - TouLouse (talk) 13:42, 13 March 2010 (UTC)[reply]
I looked into this a lttle bit, and the story is actually "Romanian town forced to change signs warning of drunk pedestrians": the signs showing a crawling person with a bottle are being changed to the standard exclamation mark signs for legal reasons. Still, I think we have something to go on! Physchim62 (talk) 13:49, 13 March 2010 (UTC)[reply]

Swiss teeth-cleaning service[edit]

Scantily-clad women[edit]


A member of the Rothschild banking family of England sails past the Great Pacific Garbage Patch on a boat made of 12,000 plastic bottles. It's true! --candlewicke 12:50, 21 March 2010 (UTC)[reply]

This looks pretty good, hopefully it will be pretty close to the garbage patch on 1st April (current position shown here) Modest Genius talk 00:02, 24 March 2010 (UTC)[reply]


Slovakia decided to postpone a "Patriot Act's" commencement from 1 April to September which says that every school must begin their first class on a Monday singing the national anthem. It would be brilliant if was on April 1 though. [1]  Cargoking  talk  15:05, 21 March 2010 (UTC)[reply]

Susan Boyle[edit]

This is an entertainment event taking place on April 1. Scottish sensation Susan Boyle receives a very expensive birthday present. 1 2 3 4 --candlewicke 19:07, 21 March 2010 (UTC)[reply]


According to [2], some nice new experiments :-) Just need some imagination with the blurb and a reasonable update. Scheduled for March 30. If no better idea, we can go with "The world still exists after the recent experiment in CERN." (If I am wrong, that will be irrelevant by then.) --Tone 22:29, 23 March 2010 (UTC)[reply]

'CERN's Large Hadron Collider breaks its own record as the highest energy particle accelerator, but still doesn't destroy the world' Modest Genius talk 23:59, 23 March 2010 (UTC)[reply]
Tricky one. I prefer my blurb over MG's – but then, only I have my sense of humour! I think, with a bit more input, we can work an April Fool's piece out of this :) Physchim62 (talk) 00:20, 24 March 2010 (UTC)[reply]
I like the Phys', it runs a bit smoother in my opinion, though its missing the main story, unlike MG's. --PlasmaTwa2 06:19, 24 March 2010 (UTC)[reply]
I like the idea. How about something like "CERN announced the creation of a black hole that began to absorb parts of the Swiss Alps." Those rocket scientists at FOXnews knew it all the way. ;-) —bender235 (talk) 02:47, 27 March 2010 (UTC)[reply]

UK Space Agency[edit]

They start working on April 1. Perfect timing to have some reasonable news. --Tone 22:29, 23 March 2010 (UTC)[reply]

'The UK sets up a new space agency, despite shutting down the British National Space Centre the day beforehand' Modest Genius talk 23:52, 23 March 2010 (UTC)[reply]
I said it on itn, but I'll say it again here: I hope someone finds a way to reference Moonraker if this goes up (Though I think MG's is pretty damn funny.) --PlasmaTwa2 06:23, 24 March 2010 (UTC)[reply]

Last Supper[edit]

Mystery Monkey of Tampa Bay[edit]

For the past year, a rhesus macaque monkey has been on the loose in St. Petersburg, Florida and evaded capture by authorities. The monkey looks both ways to check for traffic before crossing the street. Source Associated Press Grundle2600 (talk) 21:36, 24 March 2010 (UTC)[reply]

It would be great if we could get a Jimbo quote on this one, as he is probably St. Petersburg's most famous resident...o on, Jimbo, just tell us that it isn't you! Physchim62 (talk) 23:30, 24 March 2010 (UTC)[reply]
When I think of St. Petersburg I think of Saint Petersburg. Perhaps this could be implied on 1 April, i.e. no "Florida", no "United States". It could also be implied that the monkey was on someone called "St. Pete" (if the shortened version in the article is accurate). --candlewicke 00:23, 27 March 2010 (UTC)[reply]
I for one, do not get it. I think it would probably make a better joke if we implied it was the Russian city, though. --PlasmaTwa2 02:05, 27 March 2010 (UTC)[reply]
That's exaggerating. And does not sound particularly funny to me... But we could just go with The Mystery Monkey of Tampa Bay is being sighted in St. Petersburg, Florida. (and we leave the readers think whatever they think, it's bizarre enough). --Tone 18:03, 27 March 2010 (UTC)[reply]

Choosing the items[edit]

We have quite some material already. And we will need to pick some items soon. My personal pick is the following (just picking the news, the blurbs can be worked on):

  • The Mystery Monkey of Tampa Bay is being sighted in St. Petersburg, Florida. (the first item on ITN, to make a good impression)
  • The UK sets up a new space agency. (even without having a funny blurb, this seems like a prank among less serious blurbs).
  • Winston Churchill dies nearly sixty-five years after the end of World War II. (one month old news but too good not to use).
  • something with the garbage patch (the articles needs work, though)
  • something about CERN (if the world is still there)
  • A device, being sold by Japanese multinational conglomerate, is found to contain an error that could send people back in time, affecting millions. (again, one month old but too good not to use).

We also need an image, I'd suggest the Sony building (intentionally connected with the last item in the box). That are my ideas. Feel free to improve them. --Tone 18:19, 27 March 2010 (UTC)[reply]

And the corpses of Nicosia... --candlewicke 22:15, 27 March 2010 (UTC)[reply]
Yes definitely. —  Cargoking  talk  22:42, 27 March 2010 (UTC)[reply]
I think that this story is just not funny and that it would be inappropriate to make it such. Besides, the article update is one sentence long. However, I forgot about the mysterious island yesterday, we may include that one as well. --Tone 11:40, 28 March 2010 (UTC)[reply]
I was going to update it but maybe not then. What "mysterious island"? --candlewicke 18:59, 28 March 2010 (UTC)[reply]
I still like something about CERN. Black holes and stuff, you know. --bender235 (talk) 01:58, 28 March 2010 (UTC)[reply]
After reading all the nominations, I am personally drawn to the last supper ones and how the food is getting bigger overtime.--Found5dollar (talk) 18:04, 28 March 2010 (UTC)[reply]
What about Internet Explorer 6? --candlewicke 19:42, 28 March 2010 (UTC)[reply]

The mysterious island is South Talpatti Island that has recently disappeared. And then there's a new candidate from today, Time in Russia, about changing timezones. Another one with time travel! I'll try to modify the wordings a bit, some of them appear a bit short. --Tone 20:02, 28 March 2010 (UTC)[reply]

Just a FYI, DYK is having a hook about Dmitry Medvedev, so you may not want to use his name in the ITN section so that nothing points out that another thing is a joke across the front page.--Found5dollar (talk) 00:15, 29 March 2010 (UTC)[reply]

For what ever we choose[edit]

For what ever we choose we should link one of the joke to [3]. It's the viral video of that funny russian singer. It's like the new rick and is hilarious.--Everyone Dies In the End (talk) 06:22, 1 April 2010 (UTC)[reply]

Chosen items[edit]

Taken from the above to add ITN updates which appear to be complete. I've updated Great Pacific Garbage Patch. --candlewicke 19:29, 28 March 2010 (UTC)[reply]

Time travel appears updated. --candlewicke 19:30, 28 March 2010 (UTC)[reply]
UK Space Agency seems OK. --candlewicke 19:32, 28 March 2010 (UTC)[reply]
Mystery Monkey of Tampa Bay, not sure how to phrase but it can always be changed. --candlewicke 19:36, 28 March 2010 (UTC)[reply]
Winston Churchill seems fine. --candlewicke 19:41, 28 March 2010 (UTC)[reply]
A lot of British nominations but I've tried to keep them separate from one another. --candlewicke 19:46, 28 March 2010 (UTC)[reply]
Just to confuse further I wonder if we can have the UK Space Agency at the top beside the picture of the multinational conglomerate HQ... :D --candlewicke 19:48, 28 March 2010 (UTC)[reply]

To be honest, I just don't get the joke in the UK space agency item. Is it funny that a country that is as small as being the 6th biggest economy in the world has a space agency? Is it funny that this space agency is replacing the existing one? I mean, I really don't get the joke or am I just being really dense? --Daviessimo (talk) 07:34, 29 March 2010 (UTC)[reply]

The idea behind this item is that it is a serious item with serious wording hidden among less-serious items. Which would supposedly make it look improbable. --Tone 09:40, 29 March 2010 (UTC)[reply]
I dont think people will get it they will just be like "well that isn't funny" or they may think that we are sayign the whole UK space agency is a joke, and not in the funny , ha ha, way, but in the it is stupid way.--Found5dollar (talk) 15:07, 29 March 2010 (UTC)[reply]
Could be the case indeed. Well, we have more items to choose from. --Tone 17:22, 29 March 2010 (UTC)[reply]
LHC/doomsday item would be good too since its current news -- Ashish-g55 20:59, 30 March 2010 (UTC)[reply]
ok after reading a few times i agree too that UK Space Agency item is rather confusing. im not sure anyone will get why its funny. i suggest replacing with LHC. -- Ashish-g55 13:10, 31 March 2010 (UTC)[reply]
I agree. --Tone 14:34, 31 March 2010 (UTC)[reply]
Ok, seems that's it... we're going live in half an hour :-) (don't forget to upload the image first...) --Tone 23:27, 31 March 2010 (UTC)[reply]
Posted. --Tone 00:09, 1 April 2010 (UTC)[reply]
Looks like we both had the same idea. I accidentally uploaded the image over your version but everything seems to be OK. I have removed the CERN item for the time being as the balance was bit off, it can always be readded later. It is still off but the problem seems to be that DYK is shorter than usual (or OTD longer) - Dumelow (talk) 00:14, 1 April 2010 (UTC)[reply]
Yep, that was some good timing :-) Well, the DYK will change during the day so we can add or remove the last item as needed. --Tone 07:12, 1 April 2010 (UTC)[reply]

Headquarters of a multinational conglomerate corporation in Japan

Reserve list[edit]

A few more, so they don't get forgotten and in case we get complaints (which we always do!).

Physchim62 (talk) 02:45, 29 March 2010 (UTC)[reply]

Just a note that the South Talpatti Island item is on ITN today so shouldn't be featured again on 1 April - Dumelow (talk) 17:24, 29 March 2010 (UTC)[reply]
So is the recent CERN experiment. But I believe we could still use them, we just need to change the blurbs. --Tone 20:14, 30 March 2010 (UTC)[reply]
There's some precedent for that: last year we ran an April Fool's story about the corruption scandal among UK Members of Parliament, then reran the same story (with a different blurb, obviously) a couple of weeks later when the scandal had grown large enough to get a normal slot. It is the blurb that is the April Fool, not the story itself. Physchim62 (talk) 18:40, 31 March 2010 (UTC)[reply]
The discussion above is closed. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made on the appropriate discussion page. No further edits should be made to this discussion.