This post is a reprint:
PSA: April Fools' Day
Reminder: Tomorrow (April 1) is April Fools' Day.
As a general rule, take any story you read online with a grain of salt. Two, even.
Personally, I find some aspects of the "holiday" to be repugnant. I'm not a fan of actual practical jokes (something that might tie into my love of horror movies, in which practical jokes often lead to the creation of a new serial killer), as I think they're more often than not an exercise in being mean for its own sake. And I've seen way too many of them backfire. This goes doubly for blog entries.
Remember, too, that people do die on every day of the year. Fake celebrity deaths don't work as a practical joke, in my book. The death of Brandon Lee, for example, was reported on April 1 (although he died the day before). And Martha Graham, Marvin Gaye, and Leslie Cheung all come to mind as folks who died on April 1 (can you imagine, given the way he died, if folks had just dismissed the reports of Gaye's death?).
But I do appreciate the clearly-over-the-top stuff the holiday brings out in some sites. The KOL changes
, for example, or the annual ThinkGeek "sales."
So, consider this my statement that A) I won't be posting any bogus entries tomorrow, and B) that I will be pointing out some of the better fakes sites on the net.