Friday, April 01, 2005

Pope Fakes Death for April Fool's

Pope John Paul II - What a PranksterIn what is being proclaimed as the greatest April Fool's prank of all time, Pope John Paul II faked his own death today. The elaborate stunt, which took months of preparation and false reports of "deteriorating health" successfully fooled 98% of all news outlets, including the Associated Press, Reuters, ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and even Matt Drudge.

Worrying that many might not believe he had truly died if the news came suddenly on April 1, the aging leader began regular trips to the hospital in March, coupled with misleading press releases from the Vatican. By the end of March, speculation was rampant that he was likely to die at any moment, and when the news of his "death" was released on April 1, everyone who heard it swallowed it hook, line, and sinker.

When asked for comment, the pontiff explained:
Let's face it, I'm almost 85 years old. You and I both know that my days really are numbered and well, it's been a long time since I had a good laugh. I figured I had better get in one big prank, while the getting's still good, you know?
Indeed, close associates confirm that the Pope enjoyed "the heartiest laugh I've ever seen." Around the world, reactions to the mother of all pranks were definitely a mixed bag. Many felt betrayed and lied to, while others simply refused to believe that he was truly alive. In fact, very few people took the joke in stride, though this did not appear to dishearten John Paul II.
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