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March 31, 2010

Friends of the GSU Library Booksale

The Friends of the GSU Library will be holding a Booksale on Tuesday, April 13, 2010. The booksale will start at noon and end at 8 p.m. Members of the Friends of the GSU Library will be able to preview the book sale items at 11 a.m. Not a Friend of the GSU Library? Join today.

Come early for the best selection.

The Friends of the GSU Library will also be holding a Silent Art Auction. You will find a wide selection of photos, prints, pen and ink, mixed medium and posters. Some of the artists include: Mel Katz, Jerome Robbins, Ray Hartl, R.C. Gorman, Phyllis Rash Hughes, R. Jenkins, Amado Pena, Cyndy Callog and Bob Budd. Photos of the art will be posted in the blog. All of the pieces are framed and ready to hang in your home.

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March 30, 2010

April Fools' Pranks Continued

Here are a few more April Fools' pranks that had people excited:

"Most people know they need to read the Web with a healthy skepticism, but that doesn't mean hoaxes about the Internet don't catch the unwary. In 1994, PC Computing magazine wrote that Congress was considering a bill making it illegal to surf the Internet while drunk. The outcry was great enough that Sen. Edward Kennedy was forced to deny being the sponsor of the nonexistent legislation. In 1996, an e-mail, purportedly from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, informed people that the Internet would be shut down for a day for spring cleaning. The day that users were told to disconnect computers? April 1."
"On April 1, 1998, Burger King took out a full-page ad in USA Today to announce a fast-food breakthrough: the Left-handed Whopper. It featured the same ingredients as the regular Whopper, except the condiments were rotated 180 degrees. According to Burger King, thousands of customers requested the new burger, and others asked for a right-handed version."

Source: Jacob, M, & Benzkofer, S. (2010, March 28). 10 things you might not know about April Fools’ Day. Chicago Tribune, http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/ct-perspec-0328-things-20100328,0,5154355.story

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Famous April Fools' Video Pranks

Famous Video/Television April Fools' Pranks from the BBC

The most recent was the story of the Flying Penguins in 2008 when ex-Monty Pythoner Terry Jones introduced the world to the newly discovered flying penguin.

The video clip was really a promo created to get people to watch BBC videos. It quickly became one of the most watched video clips of its time.

Source: http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/weird/Best-April-Fools-Day-Video-Hoaxes-89356977.html#ixzz0jg7PHrrf

That was not the first time the BBC had played an April Fools' prank, in 1957 they did a report on a bumber crop of spaghetti in Switzerland. According to the report:

A producer and cameraman put together a convincing tale about the early arrival of spring -- and how that had produced a bumper crop of spaghetti in Switzerland. Upon airing of the story, the BBC was flooded with calls from callers wanting to know how they could grow their own spaghetti tree. BBC operators pertly replied callers should, "place a sprig of spaghetti in a tin of tomato sauce and hope for the best."

Click here to view the "Bumper crop of spaghetti"
Source: http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/weird/Best-April-Fools-Day-Video-Hoaxes-89356977.html#ixzz0jg7PHrrf

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March 29, 2010

Origin of April Fools' Day

When and how April Fools' Day came about is a question that many have asked. There are several different theories with the most common theory being:

That April Fools' Day started with the adoption of the Gregorian calendar around 1582 in France. Under the Julian calendar, the new year began on March 25 with the festivals being held on April 1, due to the fact that March 25 fell during Holy Week. With the adoption of the Gregorian calenday the beginning of the New Year moved to January 1. News traveled slowly, leaving many people unaware that the New Year had started on January 1. There were also some people who refused to accept the new date and continued to celebrate New Year's Day on April 1. Those who refused to acknowledge the change and continued to celebrate on April 1 were labeled "fools" and often sent on "fool errands". The butt of the pranks were calleed "poisson d'avril" or "April fish" because a young naive fish is easily caught.

This information comes from:
April Fools - http://www.april-fools.us/history-april-fools.htm

snopes.com: April Fools' Day Origins - http://www.snopes.com/holidays/aprilfools/origins.asp

Other theories include:

That the timing is related to the arrival of spring, when nature "fools" mankind with fickle weather. Enclopedia of Religion and the Encyclopedia Britannica
That is has to do with the Vernal Equinox.
Or the Romans' end-of-winter celebration, Hilaria.
Or the end of the Celtic new year festival.

snopes.com: April Fools' Day Origins - http://www.snopes.com/holidays/aprilfools/origins.asp

Tomorrow some of the more famous April Fools' pranks

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LIbrary Workshops for the Week of March 29th - April 2nd, 2010

Formatting an APA Style Paper
Wednesday, March 31st, 2010
3:00 p.m. — 4:00 p.m.
Room D2401B

Formatting an APA Style Paper
Friday, April 2, 2010
10:00 a.m. — 11:00 a.m.
Room D2401B

Introduction to APA Citations
Friday, April 2, 2010
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Room D2401B

There is still time to sign up for these workshops: http://www.govst.edu/library/t_gsu_library.aspx?ekfrm=17968. Walk-ins are welcome. For more information please contact: Helen Benos by email: h-benos@govst.edu or phone: 708-235-7514.

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