The morning of the April 1st saw many people being duped by April Fool’s pranks in the newspapers and on the television and radio. For a pretty comprehensive round-up of the mainstream media’s jokes, read journalism.co.uk‘s article April Fools’ Day: Headline hoaxes from the morning’s news.
When I saw more and more outrageous stories being told in the local and national news, I wondered aloud on Twitter how many independent hyperlocal websites had done the same thing and got quite a few replies. So here’s a list of UK hyperlocal hoaxes – please comment if I’ve missed any out!
Alderley Edge: Ancient gold bars found at construction site – who needs the Staffordshire Hoard when a chest containing over 100 ancient gold bars is discovered during excavation at a local construction site?
Connect Cannock: ‘Beast’ of Cannock Chase Finally Caught – ‘The ongoing saga of the seemingly mythological ‘beast of Cannock Chase‘ was brought to an abrupt halt…when a local resident managed to trap the infamous creature.’ Scary stuff.
Brighton Lite: Boris Johnson goes green as he brings bouncy space hoppers for hire to Brighton and Hove – Brighton’s answer to Boris’ Bikes have a bit more bounce to them.
MyTunstall: Stoke on Trent City Council to trial triple yellow lines in key areas of the Tunstall Ward – an interesting answer to local parking problems and a great use of photoshop.
Hedon Blog: Green Airport destined for Hedon as airships return to the skies – but how long will it be before RyanAir start giving Hedon GreenAir’s luxury airships some stiff competition?
All of the posts were great, tongue-in-cheek takes on big local stories and the talk about local team loved the light relief from busily preparing for the following day’s #TAL11 unconference (collective memory post on that coming soon).
I can’t wait to see what hyperlocal hoaxes will be published next April 1st – maybe you already have an idea brewing?
More links from the comments:
About My Area Abthorpe: Genetically Engineered Lambs In Abthorpe – farming fluorescent orange and yellow sheep.
Nottingham City Council LOLS: The End of The Road – Under pressure from the Benefits Agency to take steps to improve his employability, the author applies and is accepted as an Auxiliary Community Protection Officer, a role which is sadly incompatible with writing this satirical local blog.