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Foolish

In which we confuse people


As it’s April 1st, here’s some almost-but-not-quite-believable information. Some of it is true, some of it isn’t. See if you can guess which is which.

1: A firm from Skegness once offered a mail-order service supplying potatoes sliced and braised in cream, and other similar dishes.
2: French revolutionary politician and Terror leader Maximilien Robespierre was obsessive about wearing exactly the right sort of silk stockings every day.
3: Some Ancient Greeks believed that beans were haunted, and that eating them could cause pregnancy.*
4: I have a tattoo of a steam train on the inside of my left thigh.
5: The British government for many years maintained a secret stash of spare steam engines, hidden in an old quarry just outside Bath.
6: Sir Alan Sugar’s company Amstrad once sold a range of home computers whose graphics chip used trinary, not binary, arithmetic.
7: The term “bug” for a computer fault dates from someone finding a moth stuck in an early electromechanical computer.
8: The tracks of the London Underground were originally about 2′ 3″ wider than they are now.

* if you were female, of course. If not, it would be silly

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Seasonal factoids

In which we try to be misleading


The world’s largest supply of garlic butter is in the centre of the city of Kiev, Ukraine.

Around 8% of hazel trees are carnivorous.

Jacques de Molay, last known Grand Master of the Knights Templar, invented a method for softening butter by adding hydrogenated vegetable fats. The global dairy industry now channels large amounts of money to the Priory of Sion, the Templars’ underground successor organisation.

The phrase “This tape will self-destruct in five seconds” is never mentioned in the entire first series of TV show Mission: Impossible.

The modern standard housebrick’s size is derived from the length of the radius bone of Egyptian pharoah Tuthmoses IV, who had unusually short arms.

Doctor Who once featured a companion in the shape of a penguin.

The distances to destinations on British road signs are systematically under-estimated, in a (slightly futile) attempt to make the population in general more optimistic.

(but which of these factoids are indeed true?)

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Not All Of The Following Is True

In which FP tries to confuse you


As it’s April 1st, here is a post containing outright lies. Roughly half of the following statements* are true. Others are completely made up. Guess which are which.

I know it’s already the afternoon, and by tradition April Fools should only be done in the morning. Nevertheless, I don’t care.

1) I have never driven a train.

2) I have had sex with everyone I’ve ever kissed, apart from relatives.

3) Recurring blog character Big Dave doesn’t actually exist – if I’ve done something I want to blog about, but don’t want to admit to it myself, I attribute it to him.

4) I have an “available for dating” profile on a popular BDSM-oriented website.

5) This website is named after a real piece of woodland called “Symbolic Plantation”, a few miles from my house.

6) I have never worked in any field that I actually have qualifications in.

7) I was born in the Far East.

Go on, tell me which ones you think are lies.

* And all of the footnotes.

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