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Jonathan and I always have fun on April Fool's Day, and are proud to have duped some of you yet again on Thursday. But I wanted to give some props to some other great media pranks from over the years. Back in the early 1900,'s the Capital Times wrote that the dome blew off of the State Capitol due to all the hot air from politicians. They included an illustration, so people believed it! Columnist Doug Moe, who's now with the Wisconsin State Journal, did a great one when he worked over at the Capital Times. He wrote that Madison was banning the Friday Fish Fry...not only because eating them was bad for you, but also because of the greasy air quality problem that goes along with them. He did write April Fool at the bottom of the column..but not every one read that far. Some radio guys at a Milwaukee  station had a good one back when Cabbage Patch dolls were all the rage. They told people to go outside County Stadium and flash their credit cards..and that the dolls would be dropped from a helicopter. Needless to say, it was Milwaukee, so people showed up. Lots of them! Of course I've never been tricked by any April Fool's jokes. Except for that one where I was told "gullible" wasn't in the dictionary.

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