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Thursday, 1 April 2010

Pinch punch first of the month

The great British tradition of prankster articles on April 1st continues apace this year.

The Telegraph led the way with a story on ferrets delivering broadband to rural areas. "The development could help increase broadband in current internet 'dead zones', giving access to inaccessible places, and helping bridge the 'digital divide'," the paper fibbed.

It's always harder to tell with the Sun whether a story is supposed to be serious or not, but we enjoyed the 'Fish attacks angler ' story very much regardless.

The Guardian did very well with a ludicrous piece suggesting Labour aides were going to focus on the prime minister's alpha male personality in the election. The piece featured a mock-up poster of Gordon Brown with the slogan 'Step outside posh boy' on it.

But award of the year has to go to the Tribune, the left wing magazine which told its readers it was facing a hostile takeover from Russian billionaire Alexander Lebedev. "Mr Lebedev, who also owns the London Evening Standard and the Independent, as well as Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta, has offered to buy 75% of the magazine's shares for a nominal payment of £1.50, 50% more than he paid for the Evening Standard, valuing the magazine at £2," it read.

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