In the tradition of circus impresario P.T. Barnum’s famous phrase, “There’s a sucker born every minute,” here are a few headlines this morning to rock the popular music world:
“KEITH RICHARDS TO TOUR WITH MILEY CYRUS”
“A SEQUEL TO DON McLEAN’S CLASSIC ‘AMERICAN PIE’: ‘CANADIAN CAKE'”
“SONY TO ISSUE NEW RELEASES AS MICROCHIPS EMBEDDED IN CONSUMERS’ BRAINS”
You have to love April Fool’s Day, the 24-hour period when friends, co-workers and loved ones dupe each other with practical jokes, and media outlets stage elaborate hoaxes to stir up the public. All in good fun, of course.
It’s a tradition that dates back many centuries when nobles would send servants on “fool’s errands” to mark the beginning of Spring following the vernal equinox. The first printed reference reportedly occurs in Chaucer’s “The Canterbury Tales” (1392) when the vain rooster is tricked by the fox on March 32nd (April 1st).