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Monday Morning: Top April Fool’s Jokes


Pat on the back to BoingBoing who threw me over to The Museum of Hoaxes– here is my personal favourite:

#3: Instant Color TV

image In 1962 there was only one tv channel in Sweden, and it broadcast in black and white. The station’s technical expert, Kjell Stensson, appeared on the news to announce that thanks to a newly developed technology, all viewers could now quickly and easily convert their existing sets to display color reception. All they had to do was pull a nylon stocking over their tv screen, and they would begin to see their favorite shows in color. Stensson then proceeded to demonstrate the process. Reportedly, hundreds of thousands of people, out of the population of seven million, were taken in. Actual color tv transmission only commenced in Sweden on April 1, 1970.

Of course the biggest joke of all is on us for having to go to work every Monday morning for the rest of our boring lives. Except next Monday, cos it’s a hol. 🙂

Laurel Papworth

Named by Forbes™ Magazine in the Top 50 Social Media Influencers globally, named Head of Industry, Social Media (Marketing Magazine™) and in the Power150 Media bloggers (AdAge™). CERT IV Training and Assessment certified trainer (Diplomas and Certificates etc) Adult Education. Laurel has manager Facebook Pages for Junior Masterchef, Idol, Big Brother etc. and have consulted on private online communities for banks Westpac, not for profits UNHCR & governments in SE Asia. Lecturer, social media, University of Sydney for 10 years and Laurel has 11,000 online students. Laurel Papworth personally connects to 6 million followers online and has taught around 100,000 people in the last 10 years how to be social media managers.

4 thoughts on “Monday Morning: Top April Fool’s Jokes

  1. Well, when you work for yourself, you never go to work,. Yay. But, the downside is you are always at work. Just not for the man!

  2. Yea, just for nothing and working like a machine. but you love to , right? this is enough. loving to do something makes you happy all the time. you will find that your working is actually at rest. I believe i am .

  3. Thanks Laurel

    I think I get something from you. anyway, can i access to 26,Apr web blogger meeting in sydney?

  4. John you are absolutely right – Vocation = Vacation 🙂 I work all week talking about blogs and citizen journalism, demonstrating user generated content and strategising virtual worlds and social networks. In the evenings and weekends I get to do writing for my blog, create crappy content myself and muck around in virtual worlds and social networks. Life doesn’t get any better than that!

    CloudOverSea, of course you can come along – just sign up on that page at Meetup – search for Sydney Weblogger Meetup, ok 🙂 “Have blog online, will meet offline” 🙂

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