Happy April Fool's Day!

bigdog posted on 04/01/11 at 09:49 AM

Greetings, trading fools! Here's a fun Friday read for your April Fool's Day. I gathered a few factoids about the April Fool's tradition - mostly true, but one is naturally a sham. Turn off your Google-machines and see if you can guess which is the faker!

A: In France, parts of Italy and French-speaking Canada, April Fool's Day was originally called poisson d'avril (April's fish). The day's prank involved pinning a paper fish to innocent bystanders without them noticing. 

B: In 1998, Burger King ran a full-page ad in USA Today announcing its new "left-handed burger", specially designed for southpaws to leak only out of its right side. Not only did some customers buy the burger, but some others requested the old right-handed burger. 

C: In 1927, gullible investors were swindled by the dozens into buying new, high-tech Stock Market Guarantee machines. "This patent-pending product," reads an old ad, "triples one's money easily into a leafy-green fall of dollar bills, in the time it takes its owner to smoke a single cigar. Relax...and profit!"

Naturally, the right answer is....C! Of course, if any of you want to buy one of these fantastic machines, I just happen to be selling a vintage one. ;-) 

You might also get a kick out of this site, Top 100 April Fool's Day Hoaxes of All Time. See if you can pull one of these on a friend today!

[image: Happy April Fool's Day! by db photographs on Flickr]


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Posted by bigdog on 04/01/11 at 09:49 AM


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