It’s a wacky day today on the internet. Warner Bros bought the Pirate Bay and Reddit changed it’s design. April Fool’s is so big on the web, that it seems like another internet meme. But there was a time when people really made elaborate pranks that duped millions. The site Museum of Hoaxes has the 100 April Fool’s Day Hoaxes of All Time “as judged by notoriety, creativity, and number of people duped.” Supposedly. The site is called Museum of Hoaxes, so there’s probably something in there that never happened. Here’s #7:
1998: The April 1998 issue of the New Mexicans for Science and Reason newsletter contained an article claiming that the Alabama state legislature had voted to change the value of the mathematical constant pi from 3.14159 to the ‘Biblical value’ of 3.0. Soon the article made its way onto the internet, and then it rapidly spread around the world, forwarded by email. It only became apparent how far the article had spread when the Alabama legislature began receiving hundreds of calls from people protesting the legislation. The original article, which was intended as a parody of legislative attempts to circumscribe the teaching of evolution, was written by physicist Mark Boslough.
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