Poll: Did you make an April fools joke on Saturday? (Please share...)
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Erik Hansson  Identity Verified
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Of course a joke! Apr 2, 2006

We sent off an "important message about changes in our company" to different colleagues.

The core message was that the artificial island Peberholm ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peberholm ) which was created when the bridge/tunnel combination between Denmark and Sweden was built had finally been proclaimed as tax haven by the Danish government. Our representative in Copenhagen, the fake company Føsta Ifjæhde (sounds in Swedish almost like 1st of 4th, i.e. 1st of April) had informed us about this new opportunity.

Due to a very high taxation in Germany, lack of broadband connection at our present location (true!), better communications by plane to/from Copenhagen and closer distance to our clients in northern Europe, we had decided to open a branch on the island. The result of opening a branch in a tax haven would be that the headquarters would remain in German just pro forma and the real work would be coordinated from the new branch. The tax rate on the island should be just 4,1 % (!) general tax.

Our new staff on Peberholm:

- Olaf Prilo (office manager) > letters switched around: April Fool
- Henri Escroc responsible for accounting > French escroc is swindler
- Stina Schkojare, assistant to Henri > Swedish skojare is cheat
- Liisa Luku-ja-Kirjoitustaidoton taking care of proof-reading - Finnish luku- ja- kirjoitustaidoton means problems in reading and writing.

It took a while to weave this story together but it was worth every second


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[Edited at 2006-04-03 05:15]

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Kevin Fulton  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 02:34
German to English
Here's mine Apr 2, 2006

This may be incomprehensible to people who aren't familiar with the current religious climate in the US:

(caution, may be offensive to some people)

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Natalia Elo  Identity Verified
Local time: 08:34
Member (2004)
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Of course:))))) Apr 2, 2006

I posted on the Russian-speaking forum in Germany that according to Süddeutsche Zeitung the required time of residence in the country to be elligible to apply for citizenship for spouses of German citizens will be reduced from three to one year.

I was overwhemled be the amount of questions like Do we still have to do German test? or Do we still have to make the new citizenship test? etc.

Mean, I know, I know

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David Brown  Identity Verified
Local time: 08:34
Spanish to English
April Fools Day Apr 3, 2006

In Spain April Fools day is not widely (if at all) recognised. In fact I think it is an Anglo-Saxon tradition. El dia de los Santos inocentes is celebrated on December 28th
and this is the day for "bromas".

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Sandra Petch
Local time: 08:34
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No jokes... Apr 3, 2006

... but I did buy my nearest and dearest a chocolate fish!
Why a fish... because in France, the tradition is to pin a paper fish to the back of "victims" of April Fool's jokes. This particular fish had smaller chocolate fish inside. Last Easter I bought a chocolate hen who ALSO had chocolate fish inside... very strange!

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Derek Gill Franßen  Identity Verified
Local time: 08:34
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Just the normal pranks... Apr 3, 2006

I'm always joking around with my family and we had a great time on Saturday trying to pull the wool over each others' eyes. Mind you, my daughter is seven, so all of the jokes were relatively harmless (not like the stuff I used to pull on my three younger brothers). ;-] (That's supposed to be my rendition of an evil grin)

My wife got me going first thing in the morning when she looked out the window and exclaimed that the ground was covered in snow. The weather has been rather strange lately and I'm (now) totally sick of winter, so that got me right where it hurts.

But nobody exchanged the sugar with the salt, so no real damage was done (been there, done that).

BTW - What's up with all the party poopers?

[Edited at 2006-04-03 09:12]

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Rebecca Garber  Identity Verified
Local time: 02:34
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German to English
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jokes played on ME! Apr 3, 2006

My daughter (age 11) hd a friend over, and they proceeded to booby trap the house. Nothing particularly subtle or vicious, so I didn't actually get caught by any, but they were quite funny.

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