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April Fools and Wishing For Wings That Work

April 1st, 2008

While the inhabitants of the Hespeler Towers were waking to cutlery that had been mysteriously moved over night, and the wrong cereal in boxes, Canadians were waking to a couple of April Fools jokes themselves.

National Newswatch seems to have been particularly caught out, as they have two at the top of their page that must be April Fools Jokes.


CTV seems to have caught a few people on their Ken Dryden to the Leafs story. The Leafs are, for the record, looking for an experienced GM, not a spendthrift Liberal. While the story seems to make some sense on the surface, it goes against everything the Leafs have been selling the last few months. The tip off? “Dryden is expected to assume his new duties as general manager in late July, when Fletcher’s six-month term ends.” There is no reason Dryden not to join the team immediately as he is not under contract to another team. Resign his seat, and he can start tomorrow, which would be the smart thing to do. The sooner the real GM is in the seat, the sooner his vision for the team starts to be built.

Oh and by the way, back in January Cliff Fletcher signed a 19 month contract which would expire at the end of August 2009, not July 2008. While he will is expected pass on the GM duties this summer, he is interim GM until the job is filled, then he takes an adviser role. There is no mention of a change of contract status in July 2008. The only significance in July 2008 is that is when any candidate for the job who is presently employed by another NHL team would be free to move to a new job. As mentioned before, Ken Dryden has no such barrier.

The second April Fools joke is the best one: Flying Penguins Found by the BBC:

The BBC will today screen remarkable footage of penguins flying as part of its new natural history series, Miracles of Evolution.

Camera crews discovered a colony of Adélie penguins while filming on King George Island, some 750 miles south of the Falkland Islands.

The programme is being presented by ex-Monty Python star Terry Jones, who said: “We’d been watching the penguins and filming them for days, without a hint of what was to come.

ex-Monty Python star Terry Jones? Dear God! how did anybody miss this one? In case you have any doubts about the authenticity of this one, watch the video. It looks like one of those web based video games.

On April 1st an ex-Pythoner tells us he found Penguins who fly to “South America where they spend the winter basking in the tropical sun.”

Happy April Fools everyone.

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  1. kat
    April 1st, 2008 at 09:43 | #1

    Here’s another one for ya…

    CALGARY, ALBERTA–(Marketwire – April 1, 2008) – WestJet (TSX:WJA) today announced that on April 1, 2008, sleeper cabins will be introduced onboard its existing fleet of 73 Boeing 737 Next-Generation aircraft. These sleeper cabins can be booked on all of WestJet’s existing flights for a nominal incremental fee of $12.

    “WestJet now offers scheduled service to 47 destinations, continuing on our strategy to be Canada’s favourite airline,” commented Bob Cummings, Executive Vice-President Guest Experience and Marketing. “Our leather seats and live satellite television are a great part of WestJet’s guest experience however, by offering our existing overhead bins as sleeper cabins, guests will now have the opportunity to lie down for a period of time and arrive at their destination refreshed, rested and ready to go.

    “The overhead compartment has traditionally been a place where guests have placed their carry-on baggage. Given that the overhead bins on our fleet are among the most spacious of any airline, we made the decision to offer sleeper cabins in that space.”

    To verify sleeper cabin availability on a WestJet flight, guests are encouraged to call WestJet at 1-866-935-2702 (English) or 1-866-935-2703 (French).

  2. kat
    April 1st, 2008 at 09:50 | #2

    PS. I called the number they provided…you should too.

    kat

  3. Brian
    April 1st, 2008 at 10:38 | #3

    Nice catch Kat

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