This Week at Neatorama

Yep, it's another holiday weekend, as tomorrow is April Fool's Day. But what do you do when it falls on a Sunday? In the last couple of decades, I see people tending to stretch holidays across several days to extend the fun, so why not this one as well? Pranks all weekend long, pranks on Monday, and maybe even into Tuesday. All the better to totally fool someone, you know! Still, think before you prank, because there's a limit to how far you can go before you cause irreparable harm to a physical body, job prospects, your credibility, or a relationship. The safe way to celebrate is to enjoy other people's pranks and hoaxes. At the end of this post, you'll find a list of Neatorama feature articles about pranks, hoaxes, and tricks from history. And here are the features from this week you might need to catch up on:

John Farrier found 14 Facts You Might Not Know about Mission: Impossible.

Jill Harness brought us back pictures of 35 Great Costumes From WonderCon.

The Magna Carta filled us in on the history of the document, courtesy of Uncle John's Bathroom Reader.

Ig® Nobel Limericks: Slime, Nation, Beer came to us from The Annals of Improbable Research.

And mental_floss magazine gave us 4 Winning Moments in Gym Class History.

Over at NeatoBambino, the Decipher the Doodle contest is Back! Take your best shot at interpreting a drawing by a 5-year-old and win a t-shirt from the NeatoShop!

In the What Is It game this week,the mystery item is a miner’s plummet, the lighted wick was sighted with a transit by surveyors when doing layout work in dark mine shafts. Steve Pauk knew that, and wins a t-shirt for his efforts!  The prize for the funniest answer goes to pismonque for this quip: “Commemorative souvenir torch necklace from the 1928 Summer Olympics. Didn’t really catch on because it tended to catch on.” And we also found that everyone loves to say (or type) the words “plumb bob.” Thanks to all who played this week! Find out the answers to all this week’s items at the What Is It? blog.

For April Fool's Day

From the archives, I recommend Non-Foolery on April Fools’ Day. It's a look back at real news stories that no one believed because they happened on April Fools Day! And we have plenty of articles about historical pranks and hoaxes and foolishness you may enjoy.
Hippo Eats Dwarf: Phony Technology
Five Hoaxes that Fooled the World
Six More Hoaxes That Fooled the World
7 Great Sports Scams, Scandals, and Hoaxes
The Great Moon Hoax
Really Successful People Who Never Actually Existed
The Newspaper Hoax that Shook the World
Human Oil (and Other Hoaxes)
Joey Skaggs, The Ultimate Hoax Meister

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