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104: Fooled Ya

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The left-handed burger? Trees that grow spaghetti? Celebrate April Fools' Day with us by learning some of the redonkulous trivia behind pranks and hoaxes. Colin regales us with the history behind iconic novelty gags like the Whoopee Cushion, Joy Buzzer, and the Snake Nut Can. Dana impresses us with the Mechanical Turk hoax, and Chris sets off to find out about the origin of April Fools. Karen emits some facts about fart humor (and an accompanying fart quiz), and are you up for the celebrity death hoax challenge?

Also, try to spot our slip in this episode! 

ALSO: Colin's Takedown, Our Patreon Debut!

RUNTIME: 48 minutes 24 seconds

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According to Terminator lore, after the events of Terminator 2 one of the potential AI's, if in the wrong hands could become the forfather of Skynet was a chess computer called "The Turk".

April 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMartin

Thought that you might be interested to know that this year's most popular April Fool's Day Gag in the UK was the news that Scotland has decided that when it leaves the UK, traffic will drive on the right. There were even some interesting graphics showing how the changeovers would take place.

Also, some 35 years ago the Guardian newspaper produced an 8 page supplement on the 'floating' Indian Ocean island group of San Seriffe. The two main islands were Upper Caisse and Lower Caisse, with the former shaped like a full stop and the latter like a comma and together resembling a semi-colon. The paper even managed to persuade well-known advertisers to take space - I remember that Kodak had colour photos purporting to be of there. In Britain, this joke has the same standing as that perpetrated by Richard Dimbleby on the Spaghetti Harvest.

April 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterVirginia Lavender

He who said the rhyme did the crime. I don't think you mentioned that one. (We had these in the UK too in case you were still wondering)

April 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterFinlay

Hey yall!

I'm a white guy from alabama living in Taipei. I spent this weekend camping in 花蓮 with some some other foreigner and taiwanese friends. We're all mostly bi-lingual so we're very comfortable with merging our languages for everyday conversation. On the way back up to Taipei we hit the Tomb Sweeping Traffic Jam and I offered up listening to yall's podcast. Because we had all spent the weekend speaking both languages we didn't notice anything strange about the opening until my sister (not a mandarin speaker) asked, " the whole thing in Chinese?" We got a laugh out of that. Tell Karen that locals thought her translation was dead on the money. Also, yall should look into chinese idioms and their english equivalents and/or direct translations. Such as "Long Time, No See."

April 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCouncil

Um, actually... they were Swiss spaghetti farmers, not Swedish :) I assume they picked Switzerland because of it's proximity to Italy and the shared language in that part of Switzerland.

Love the show, keep it up!

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