April Fools - part 2 of 2

5. In 1977, British newspaper The Guardian published a seven-page supplement for the 10th anniversary of San Serriffe, a small republic located in the Indian Ocean consisting of several semicolon-shaped islands. A series of articles described the geography and culture of the two main islands, named Upper Caisse and Lower Caisse.

6. In 1992, US National Public Radio announced that Richard Nixon was running for president again. His new campaign slogan was, "I didn't do anything wrong, and I won't do it again." They even had clips of Nixon announcing his candidacy. Nixon's voice actually turned out to be that of impersonator Rich Little.

7. In 1998, a newsletter titled New Mexicans for Science and Reason carried an article that the state of Alabama had voted to change the value of pi from 3.14159 to the "Biblical value" of 3.0. I'm surprised my college professors didn't make a big deal about this one!

8. Burger King published a full-page advertisement in USA Today in 1998 announcing the introduction of the "Left-Handed Whopper," specially designed for the 32 million left-handed Americans. According to the advertisement, the new burger included the same ingredients as the original, but the condiments were rotated 180 degrees. Again - this is hilarious! Why don't I remember this?!?

9. Discover Magazine announced in 1995 that a highly respected biologist, Aprile Pazzo (Italian for April Fool), had discovered a new species in Antarctica: the hotheaded naked ice borer. The creatures were described as having bony plates on their heads that became burning hot, allowing the animals to bore through ice at high speed – a technique they used to hunt penguins.

10. Noted British astronomer Patrick Moore announced on the radio in 1976 that at 9:47 am, a once-in-a-lifetime astronomical event, in which Pluto would pass behind Jupiter, would cause a gravitational alignment that would reduce the Earth's gravity. Moore told listeners that if they jumped in the air at the exact moment of the planetary alignment, they would experience a floating sensation. Hundreds of people called in to report feeling the sensation

April Fools - part 1 of 2

Ten of the Best April Fool's Day Hoaxes

(AFP) – From television revealing that spaghetti grows on trees to advertisements for the left-handed burger, the tradition of April Fool's Day stories in the media has a weird and wonderful history. Here are 10 of the top April Fool's Day pranks ever pulled off, as judged by the San Diego-based Museum of Hoaxes for their notoriety, absurdity, and number of people duped.

1. In 1957, a BBC television show announced that thanks to a mild winter and the virtual elimination of the spaghetti weevil, Swiss farmers were enjoying a bumper spaghetti crop. Footage of Swiss farmers pulling strands of spaghetti from trees prompted a barrage of calls from people wanting to know how to grow their own spaghetti at home.

2. In 1985, Sports Illustrated magazine published a story that a rookie baseball pitcher who could reportedly throw a ball at 270 kilometers per hour (168 miles per hour) was set to join the New York Mets. Finch was said to have mastered his skill in a Tibetan monastery.

3. Sweden in 1962 had only one television channel, which broadcast in black and white. The station's technical expert appeared on the news to announce that thanks to a newly developed technology, viewers could convert their existing sets to receive color pictures by pulling a nylon stocking over the screen.

4. In 1996, Taco Bell announced that it had bought Philadelphia's Liberty Bell, a historic symbol of American independence, from the federal government and was renaming it the Taco Liberty Bell. Then-White House press secretary Mike McCurry was asked about the sale and said the Lincoln Memorial in Washington had also been sold and was to be renamed the Ford Lincoln Mercury Memorial. Why don't I remember this? It sounds freaking hilarious!!!


Go Bears!

Christmas 1985

The Bears would win the Super Bowl a couple weeks later.

I am 10 and my brother is 4. Both sporting some brand new Chicago Bears apparel! Notice my Bears socks underneath the stirrup pants.

A banner year

Look what Jonathan bought from Mouse Surplus!

He 'made' me be in the photo so people would know the photo was real. Notice how tan my legs are!

He also bought a vertical banner Happiest Celebration banner with Lights, Motors, Action on it.

Now - for some reason - it's my job to go find a curtain rod that will fit this huge thing!

ESPN the weekend

A couple weeks ago Jonathan and I went to ESPN the weekend at MGM Studios.

I wish they had set times for autographs, but they don't. All the athletes are just in motorcades, they do interviews and other apperances. They seem to sign for about 5 random people at random times.

Jonathan managed to get John Kruk's autograph.

I spent most of my time watching the motorcades.

Here are some random photos!


I met the Robinsons

Jonathan and I went to MGM today to check out some new characters from the upcoming movie Meet the Robinsons.

This is Lewis and Wilbur Robinson.
This is the villian, Bowler Hat Guy. Where did they find somebody so skinny? He's actually wearing a leotard. *tee hee hee*
It was kind-of creepy to meet "characters" that look so much like real people.



77 days into the year 2007, and I have my first official sunburn. And this is no ordinary sunburn - it's really bad! I look so much like an tourist from the UK, it's not even funny.

I was sitting indian style on the lawn at the Cardinals vs. Braves game. From that position, only the insides of my legs are sunburned, my left ear is fried, and I have 2 red splotches on my face.

My aloe is buried somewhere in the spare bathroom. Since Jonathan's dad (I guess he's called my "father in law" now huh?) was visiting, I didn't want to tear up the bathroom looking for aloe. Jonathan says, "I have some aloe in our bathroom".

Burning and itching I look in the bathroom cabinet and find a HUGE thing of aloe. It was clear colored, felt really cool as I rubbed it on my leg, and it was very sticky.

As I sat still, waiting for my legs to dry and get less sticky so I could put my pants leg down, I read the aloe bottle ... and saw the words ... HAIR GELL!

No wonder it was so sticky!

edit: I think my friend Melanie summed it up best. Jonathan IM'ed her my story. Then Melanie IM'ed me, "I heard about your hair gel story. I was going to make fun of you for putting hair gel on your legs. But instead I'll make fun of Jonathan -- for using hair gel!"

Although, I must admit, he doesn't use it anymore. So we can't mock my husband.


My new job

I've been at my new job about a month now. Actually, it's just a temporary job. It ends sometime in June or July.

I work for a new business at Disney. It's an online registry, like Target or Crate & Barrell, for honeymoons! Instead of registering for a toaster or towels, you can register for O'hana or the MK tour.


Man, I wish this web site was around when I was going on a honeymoon! I could've registered for shore excursions and stuff.

The reason my job is only temporary is because this is a brand new thing. There are a couple of us temps, and they'll decide if they need us or not.

I still work in Celebration and the hours are 8:45am-5:15pm. At DVC I was number 91 on the senority ladder. Now I'm #1! I can have any days off I want. *faint*

I really miss all my friends at DVC. I worked there for 3.5 years. It's a lot different working with 4 people, as opposed to 150 people.


Greatest TV station ever!

I found a new TV station last week - Chiller!

It's a NBC / Universal channel that plays all horror movies / shows, all the time.

I can now re-watch all the Tales from the Crypt. I tape them every morning at 10am and 10:30am. They are faithful waiting for me when I get home from work.

Thank you Chiller!


One little egg

I found a little white egg on the front lawn the other day.

I thought to myself, "I haven't seen a bird's egg in Florida in a long, long time!" In Illinois we would always see blue robin's eggs and white other bird's eggs - sometimes with a baby bird inside. Ewwww!

As I'm tapping the egg w/ my foot to see if it's cracked open or not (it was!) and thinking about cute baby birds, Jonathan walks outside and says, "what are you doing with that snake egg?"