Friday, April 1, 2011

Things That Happened on April 1 and May or May Not Be Foolish

Yes, it's April Fool's Day.  Yes, I've already read the Gmail Motion page, and typed "helvetica" into Google.  No, Wednesday's post wasn't an early prank - all that shit is true.

Since everyone is up to their egress in practical jokes and such today, I thought I'd present some real things that have happened on April 1.  You know, since I won $13 million in the lottery last night (winning numbers: 19-21-3-11-5-18) and this is my last post. Peace out.

Marvin Gaye was shot and killed by his own father, one day before his 45th birthday.  (1984)
Guess he forgot to switch to the novelty bullets.

The U.S act requiring Surgeon's General warnings on cigarette packs was signed into law.  (1970)
First warning label read "Cigarettes are bad for you - wink, wink, nudge, nudge."

Apple, Inc. is formed by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak. (1976)
They initially called the company "Two Grapes and a Banana, Inc." but nobody liked the logo.

Croatia and Albania joined NATO. (2009)
Ever since they've been asking when their "probation period" will be over and they can stop scrubbing NATO's bathrooms with a toothbrush.

The Mumbai Fire Brigade was formed as the official fire department of Bombay, India. (1887)
They responded to their first alarm by throwing buckets of confetti at the fire.

Samuel Morey patented the internal combustion engine. (1826)
Morey was shocked when people believed his little joke that the engine (which runs on water) must be powered by an expensive process of extracting and refining non-renewable natural resources from the earth.

The Wrigley Company was founded in Chicago. (1891)
Later William Wrigley buys the Chicago Cubs; his first pep talk to the club included the unfortunate line "Men, I believe that losing teams sell gum. Go out there and push the Juicy Fruit."

British astrologer Olivia Barclay passed away. (2001)
She didn't see that coming.

Former "Jon & Kate Plus 8" star Jon Gosselin was born. (1977)
It would be ironic if he weren't a punchline.

Crude oil prices fell to less than $10 a barrel, less than 1/3 of their mid-70s peak. (1986)
Today trading at $107 -, ha. Wait, that's not funny.

[Hint: 19=S]

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