All fools day

We are only one day away from becoming fools. Yes, yours sincerely is referring to the All Fools Day. Being the sober Blog that it is, Ouchmytoe has lined up a list of popular pranks mainstream media has played on its readers since time immemorial. The intension of this write-up is only to alert you.

On April 1, 1957, BBC reported a sensational pasta harvest in Switzerland. The report caused major excitement in the whole of Britain. The BBC journalists, even as they concealed their smiles, managed to report that the Swiss didn`t know what to do with such a heavy harvest of pasta. More than a hundred British called up Pasta companies and asked for tips to grow pasta.
Many others who already knew that pasta was man-made began doubting their long held belief. Talking of pasta, click here to know why I hate pasta`s cousin – noodles.

If the British could do something, the Russians can do it better, only later. In 1998, the Russian newspaper Izvestia came up with the country`s first April`s Fools Day prank – Diego Maradona to play for Moscow`s soccer club ‘Spartak` was the headline. The only issue, the star footballer was already 38 years of age and it didn`t matter which club he played for. Anyway, according to the story carried Maradona was to play for the Russian club on a $6 million a year deal. This prank is very close to me because my father was also a soccer player who almost made it to the Indian team. Click Here to read about him.

Irish are to Europe what Newfees are to Canada and what Sardars are to India. With the introductions done, let me tell you about an interesting prank one of their newspapers played on their people. The headline read: “Lenin’s body to be exhibited in Disneyland in Paris”. The story claimed that the Disneyland executives were negotiating with the Russian government to purchase Lenin’s body. And if the deal went well, Lenin`s body will be kept on display at the Disneyland in Paris. Since it made little sense for the communist Russia to deal with a capitalist like Disneyland many found it difficult to believe. Click Here to read about my deal making abilities.

If you see such stories in your newspaper on April 1st…just ignore it and pay Ouchmytoe a visit!

By Jamshed V Rajan

Jammy, as Jamshed V Rajan is affectionately called, is a wannabe stand up comedian. He has a funny take on most things but documents only some of them. If you are interested in chatting up with him, do drop him an email at or message him at +919650080255.

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