It’s April Fools Day 2017 in the news. No, really…

In today’s wacky world of media, academia, entertainment and fake news, these recent stories and links stand out. They’re even funnier because they’re real.

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Now what kind of tree could this one be? (Vintage YouTube video still)

WASHINGTON, April 1, 2017 – With all the alleged high-seriousness we encounter these days in practically every sphere, let’s start out with a venerable, epic BBC hoax, the kind the media probably couldn’t get away with today. This video bit first aired on April Fool’s Day, 1957 on the BBC. Giving away my age, I actually remember seeing this run on NBC’s once-worthy “Tonight” show, helmed at the time by Jack Paar as I recall.

Pre-1970s black and white TV archives can look a bit grainy, BTW, so rest assured it’s not your computer or iPad screen. Here we go:

Moving right along…


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Via Instapundit:

LIFE IN 2017:  “Trigger warning: for the rest of this explanation, I’m going to call people who ovulate ‘women’ and people who ejaculate sperm ‘men’ because I’m just not woke enough to explain the the details of impregnation in non-gendered language.”

Comment: So it’s come to this. A weirdly amusing read that’s probably not “safe for the office.”

“Moar” via Glenn Reynolds:

ARE GENDER ATTITUDES CHANGING?

Using a survey that has monitored the attitudes of high school seniors for nearly 40 years, the sociologists Joanna Pepin and David Cotter find that the proportion of young people holding egalitarian views about gender relationships rose steadily from 1977 to the mid-1990s but has fallen since. In 1994, only 42 percent of high school seniors agreed that the best family was one where the man was the main income earner and the woman took care of the home. But in 2014, 58 percent of seniors said they preferred that arrangement. In 1994, fewer than 30 percent of high school seniors thought “the husband should make all the important decisions in the family.” By 2014, nearly 40 percent subscribed to that premise.

Millennial backlash, maybe? Ze or me? Who could have seen this coming?? Follow the link above for the rest.

Comment: Find more on this topic here.

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From PowerLine’s usually spot-on Steven Hayward:

Free Speech and Silly Speech on Campus.

Comment: It may be “free” these days, though increasingly not. But more often than not, it is quite silly, in a snowflakey, threatening sort of way. Particularly if you’re a “privileged” male of the Caucasian persuasion.

Via Legal Insurrection:

I remember the following scene from “Dr. Strangelove” a bit differently. I thought it was Slim Pickens who decided to ride this nuke down to earth with a hearty “Ya-HOOO!” Looks like the puckish purveyors of this old, reliable legal news and views site originated by William A. Jacobson, had the upcoming Neil Gorsuch vote in mind when they Photoshopped Slim out of this still image and substituted—guess who?

Great Scott!! Whatever happened to Slim Pickens? (Still image from “Dr. Strangelove,” slightly altered by Legal Insurrectionists)

LI’s subtitle: “Please Chuck Schumer, make us do it.” Hit the link above for the complete article.

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The Daily Caller’s Will Racke has the latest dish on “fake news,” this time a phony-baloney “report” in the fast-deteriorating, fact-free zone now known as the “Washington Compost.” According to Racke,

“Veteran Associated Press diplomatic writer Matt Lee refuted a report from The Washington Post Thursday that some State Department officers have been instructed not to look Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in the eye.

“Lee conceded the juicy rumor makes for an interesting headline, but assured his readers based on personal experience that the claim is false.

“’It’s compelling gossip,’ he tweeted. ‘I have looked him [Tillerson] in the eyes and not turned to stone. At least not yet…’

“The assertion, which was sourced to anonymous ‘career diplomats,’ generated a wave of ridicule and criticism of Tillerson on social media. Left-leaning news outlets quickly picked up and spread the report, which characterizes Tillerson as someone who makes outrageous demands of his subordinates. The Huffington Post published a Twitter round-up of celebrities, politicians and random users reacting to the WaPo story, and Democratic Rep. Ted Lieu was one of many who fretted about the eye contact rumor, saying he finds the article ‘disturbing…’

When asked by a Twitter user how he knew the claim was false, Lee replied: ‘Because I have covered State since 1999. Because I know people who didn’t start in 2009.’

“’This is not true and people repeating it are making it more difficult to address very real issues,’ he tweeted.”

When a reporter working for the hyper-partisan, far-left AP disses a Postie, that’s real news not fake news. The Post ought to be ashamed. But anyone associated with the Post is entirely immune to shame. Otherwise, we wouldn’t be seeing distilled crap like this hilarious and easily avoidable blunder appearing in a once-respectable daily newspaper.

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Here’s an amusing tidbit from Jack Kocsis via the Daily Caller that liberals and Commies alike might imagine is an April Fool’s joke. But actually, it isn’t. First, the topic image:

Where did we hear this phrase before?

“The message of this shirt is simple: ‘We Won.’ This shirt was designed for the winners in America who put President Donald Trump over the finish line in November. This shirt was designed for the regular Americans who have to put up day in and day out with a dishonest media and maybe even delusional neighbors.”

Comment: Need one of these? Just follow the link in the quote above and you can exercise your Constitutional right to be Deplorable. And no, we don’t get a cut out of this. Challenge question: What Great American uttered the words “We Won” long before they adorned this shirt?*

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Let’s wrap up this April Fool’s Day with another gobsmacking video clip we discovered via the increasingly weird but still wonderfully useful sometimes financial site ZeroHedge. But first the verbiage:

“Bill Maher, host of HBO’s ‘Real Time,’ finally said something on his late night talk show that seems to make some level of sense.  Just as Hillary has started to take a more active role in organizing the Donald Trump ‘Resistance” movement,’ a move that has sparked rumors of yet another presidential run in 2020, Maher took to the airwaves to implore Clinton to go back to the woods where she ‘found’ herself just a few weeks ago.

“’Hillary, stay in the woods. Okay. You had your shot. You f*cked it up. You’re Bill Buckner. We had the World Series, and you let the grounder go through your legs. Let someone else have the chance.’

“‘This to me — the fact that she’s come back, it just verifies every bad thing anyone’s ever thought about the Clintons, that it’s all about them. Let some of the other shorter trees get a little sunlight.'”

“Of course the comments reference a speech that Hillary gave to “The Society of Irish Women” at a St. Patrick’s Day speech in Scranton, Pennsylvania a few weeks back saying that she’s finally ready to ‘come out of the woods.'”

Comment: Holy Cow! When you’ve lost Bill Maher, you’ve lost… oh, never mind. As for moi… I’d like to know what the hell Her Hillariness was doing in the woods in the first place. Maybe something associated with ritual sacrifice? Maybe Jim Comey knows…

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That’s it for today’s column. But don’t doubt that more nonsense is on the way. You can’t make this stuff up. Even on April Fool’s Day.


*Answer: Former POTUS Barack Hussein Obama. You mean you didn’t remember?

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Biographical Note: Dateline Award-winning music and theater critic for The Connection Newspapers and the Reston-Fairfax Times, Terry was the music critic for the Washington Times print edition (1994-2010) and online Communities (2010-2014). Since 2014, he has been the Business and Entertainment Editor for Communities Digital News (CDN). A former stockbroker and a writer and editor with many interests, he served as editor under contract from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and continues to write on science and business topics. He is a graduate of Georgetown University (BA, MA) and the University of South Carolina where he was awarded a Ph.D. in English and American Literature and co-founded one of the earliest Writing Labs in the country. Twitter: @terryp17