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I pity the April fool

I loathe April Fools Day. I have always loathed April Fools Day, from the time when children used to scream 'April Fools!" in shrill voices after completing some type of unfunny prank to today.
And now today, with the internet, it can be April Fools every day. How many times have you seen someone fall for a fake story on the ONION? Or even fake news from the mainstream media..?

But the worst of the worst in our modern times are these undoubtedly fake 'news' stories that passed around from reader to reader on April fools day.. I saw a few really unfunny stories the moment I woke up this morning. For example, a website I follow that reports actual legitimate information regarding solar flares announced that a killshot had exploded from the sun and we were doomed to die. So tacky, so not funny.. and so possible one day in the future that it is REALLY not humorous at all.. I equate that with the Weather Channel giving fake tornado reports and alarming entire towns that imminent destruction is on the horizon.

Other definites to expect on April Fools: The fraud stories that your favorite celebrity has died.. the tales that some weird scientific discovery has just be made..

Perhaps the very most annoying April fools jokes still come from terrestrial radio of the 20th century. Disc jockeys who are aging and still want to be the next 'Jerky Boy' come up with some of the most ludicrously unfunny 'pranks.'

But with every holiday we 'celebrate' there is a root meaning behind it.. no different for April fools. The 1st of April is really a day with an intention that you do thinks to make other people look like fools. True fools.. Jokes on them kind of stuff..

There are ancient precursors to the modern April fools day found in Roman and Medieval feasts..There are different customs of jokes from around the world..
Some think that there are religious reasons why April fools pranks started.. and if religious history is involved, no doubt pagan rituals also abound. People do trace April fools back to some pagan traditions..
And yes.. going full steam ahead down from the pagan path to a point of no return,  some people even equate April fools to Satan himself.

In the end, we know this:
Don't trust any news link you read today.
Try to maintain your composure when some annoying co worker shouts "APRIL FOOLS!!!" at you..
Know that it's only one day, and it's almost over.
And this: You will find out a lot about the 'sense of humor' of people--especially those who have no ability to tell jokes or be funny at all and still try today.. so often those without any common sense of humor will have an immense belly laugh at their own jokes..

The good news is that as a tradition April fools pranks are pulled before noon of the day--those done after bring a curse and bad luck to the prankster.. then who's the fool to be pitied?



Paging Paige: Done at the WWE


PWInsider reports that Paige was told at this past Monday’s RAW that she will not be able to return to the ring. It was noted that she is “done” as a wrestler, and that the situation is similar to Edge’s retirement in 2011 due to a neck injury…

Paige had just returned to WWE in late November after a seventeen month absence due to a neck injury she suffered in June of 2016. During her absence she suffered two Wellness policy suspensions.

Paige was injured during a house show at the Nassau Coliseum on Dec. 27 during a six-woman tag match. She was kicked in the back by Sasha Banks and struggled to get back to her feet after the bump.


The fake missile warning in Hawaii was scary for residents of that state .. 38 minutes of hell.

Scary for America more may be what ELIANA JOHNSON writes in POLITICO: A false warning of a missile threat in Hawaii sent White House aides scrambling Saturday, frantically phoning agencies to determine a response and triggering worries about their preparedness almost a year into the Trump administration. President Donald Trump’s Cabinet has yet to test formal plans for how to respond to a domestic missile attack, according to a senior administration official. John Kelly, while serving as Secretary of Homeland Security through last July, planned to conduct the exercise. But he left his post to become White House chief of staff before it was conducted, and acting secretary Elaine Duke never carried it out. The Old Cold War guard is gone. The newcomers can issue threats but appear to be unaware on how to act on them.. “The U.S. government hasn’t tested these plans in 30 years,” said the senior a…

There is water on Mars. There is not water on Mars. There is water on Mars.

A cross-section of underground ice is exposed at the steep slope that appears bright blue in this enhanced-color view from the HiRISE camera on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. The scene is about 550 yards wide. The scarp drops about 140 yards from the level ground in the upper third of the image.Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UA/USGS

This could be a game changer–and quite the about face since the past several months of news gathered have reinforced the notion that no water at all existed..

As reported in the journal Science (paywall), the water was found in both the north and south of Mars, at latitudes equivalent to South America and Scotland. The exposed areas were found on scarps as steep as 55 degrees. Based on the absence of craters in the regions, scientists believe that the features formed relatively recently.

“The discovery reported today gives us surprising windows where we can see right into these thick underground sheets of ice,” study co-author Shane Byrne of the University of…

FCC won’t let Trump’s shithole be

The FCC received complaints after NBC and CNN used the word “s—hole” in their coverage of the controversy over comments President Donald Trump reportedly made to lawmakers during a meeting about immigration.

An FCC spokesman said they received a “handful” of comments, but did not have an exact figure yet. The agency does not monitor programming, but reviews each complaint to decide whether to take any type of action.

CNN featured the term on its chyron, and it was also repeated on air multiple times. But the FCC’s jurisdiction over indecency and profanity does not cover cable and satellite programming.x

The word was used once on “NBC Nightly News,” but anchor Lester Holt issued a viewer warning in advance. CBS and ABC chose not to use the word.

The FCC considers a number of factors in whether to act on a complaint, including “context,” and that in the past has included whether it has been a part of news programming. Broadcasters are confident that they would be exempt for using the term i…



Not only that, but warnings buzzed on TVs.. radios.. the horrid screeching noise when an emergency alert sounds.. 

CNN reports,

Jocelyn Azbell had just woken up in her Maui hotel Saturday when she was hurried into the hotel's basement to take shelter from an incoming ballistic missile.
"You're thinking, 'Oh my gosh, are we going to die? Is it really a missile (headed) our way, or is it just a test?'" the 24-year-old told CNN. "We really didn't know."
Minutes before, she'd received an ominous alert on her phone.

Azbell, her boyfriend and hundreds of other hotel guests were "herded like cows" into the basement by staff. "People are crying and people obviously were super scared," she said.
For 20 minutes, Azbell said, they waited. Finally, they were told that the alert was a false ala…


The worst flu since the early 2000s strikes he entire continental United States is experiencing widespread flu right now, the first time in the 13 years of the current tracking system that that has happened, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Officials said that this flu season is shaping up to be one of the worst in recent years. The rate of flu hospitalizations — the number of people hospitalized with flu per 100,000 — nearly doubled last week compared with the previous week. Last week it was 22.7 per 100,000 people; the week before that rate was 13.7. IT IS SO BAD..
THE KIDS ARE BANNED FROM GOING TO THE HOSPITAL!! All of that prompted metro Detroit's Beaumont hospital chain to take an unusual step Friday afternoon: banning visits from children under 13 until the flu season subsides. “We apologize for the inconvenience,” said a news release from Beaumont Health System, which operates eight major hospitals in southeast Michigan. “All Beaumont Health hospita…