Thursday, April 1st, 2021

April Fool?

“Here cometh April again, and as far as I can see the world hath more fools in it than ever.” – Charles Lamb

I thought of playing an April Fool’s joke on you but then had second thoughts….. things like:

  • A new survey tells us that Firm Administrators’ average salary for 2021 will be $250,000.
  • The AICPA has mandated that for 2022 firms must abandon Saturday work hours from Jan. 1 until May 1.
  • The Big Four are asking local and regional firms to take on Managers that they are outplacing.
  • Most CPA firms are finding PLENTY of experienced people to hire. There is more supply than demand.

I could go on and on and you can probably come up with some good ones yourself. Instead, I thought I would share with you the #1 April Fool’s Day Hoax of all-time:

April 1, 1957: The respected BBC news show Panorama announced that thanks to a very mild winter and the virtual elimination of the dreaded spaghetti weevil, Swiss farmers were enjoying a bumper spaghetti crop. It accompanied this announcement with footage of Swiss peasants pulling strands of spaghetti down from trees. Huge numbers of viewers were taken in. Many called the BBC wanting to know how they could grow their own spaghetti tree. To this, the BBC diplomatically replied, “place a sprig of spaghetti in a tin of tomato sauce and hope for the best.” Even the director-general of the BBC later admitted that after seeing the show he checked in an encyclopedia to find out if that was how spaghetti actually grew (but the encyclopedia had no information on the topic). The broadcast remains, by far, the most popular and widely acclaimed April Fool’s Day hoax ever, making it an easy pick for number one. 

Here’s a link to the Top 100 Hoaxes:
http://www.museumofhoaxes.com/hoax/aprilfool/

  • "I sometimes wonder if the manufacturers of foolproof items keep a fool or two on their payroll to test things."
  • Alan Coren

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