Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Top 100 April Fools Day Hoaxes of All Time

There have been so many April Fools jokes over the years that people have fallen for, these were just a few of our favorites from the list, to read more visit the

#10: Planetary Alignment Decreases Gravity
1976: The British astronomer Patrick Moore announced on BBC Radio 2 that at 9:47 AM a once-in-a-lifetime astronomical event was going to occur that listeners could experience in their very own homes. The planet Pluto would pass behind Jupiter, temporarily causing a gravitational alignment that would counteract and lessen the Earth's own gravity. Moore told his listeners that if they jumped in the air at the exact moment that this planetary alignment occurred, they would experience a strange floating sensation. When 9:47 AM arrived, BBC2 began to receive hundreds of phone calls from listeners claiming to have felt the sensation. One woman even reported that she and her eleven friends had risen from their chairs and floated around the room.

#12: Flying Penguins
2008: The BBC announced that camera crews filming near the Antarctic for its natural history series Miracles of Evolution had captured footage of Adélie penguins taking to the air. It even offered a video clip of these flying penguins, which became one of the most viewed videos on the internet. Presenter Terry Jones explained that, instead of huddling together to endure the Antarctic winter, these penguins took to the air and flew thousands of miles to the rainforests of South America where they "spend the winter basking in the tropical sun." A follow-up video explained how the BBC created the special effects of the flying penguins.

#21: Bombs Away!
1915: On April 1, 1915, in the midst of World War I, a French aviator flew over a German camp and dropped what appeared to be a huge bomb. The German soldiers immediately scattered in all directions, but no explosion followed. After some time, the soldiers crept back and gingerly approached the bomb. They discovered it was actually a large football with a note tied to it that read, "April Fool!"

#33: The Derbyshire Fairy
2007: In late March 2007, images of an 8-inch mummified creature resembling a fairy were posted on the website of the Lebanon Circle Magik Co. Accompanying text explained how the creature had been found by a man walking his dog along an old roman road in rural Derbyshire. Word of this discovery soon spread around the internet. Bloggers excitedly speculated about whether the find was evidence of the actual existence of fairies. By April 1 the Lebanon Circle website had received tens of thousands of visitors and hundreds of emails. But at the end of April 1, Dan Baines, the owner of the site, confessed that the fairy was a hoax. He had used his skills as a magician's prop-maker to create the creature. Baines later reported that, even after his confession, he continued to receive numerous emails from people who refused to accept the fairy wasn't real.

#41: Dogs to be painted white
1965: Politiken, a Copenhagen newspaper, reported that the Danish parliament had passed a new law requiring all dogs to be painted white. The purpose of this, it explained, was to increase road safety by allowing dogs to be seen more easily at night.

#52: Smellovision
In 1965 BBC TV featured an interview with a professor who had just invented a device called "smellovision." This miraculous technology allowed viewers to experience directly in their own home aromas produced in the television studio. The professor offered a demonstration by cutting some onions and brewing coffee. A number of viewers called in to confirm that they distinctly experienced these scents as if they were there in the studio with him. Since no aromas were being transmitted, whatever these viewers thought they smelled coming out of their tv sets must be chalked up to the power of suggestion.

#70: One-way Highway
In 1991 the London Times announced that the Department of Transport had finalized a plan to ease congestion on the M25, the circular highway surrounding London. The capacity of the road would be doubled by making the traffic on both carriageways travel in the same direction. On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays the traffic would travel clockwise; while on Tuesdays and Thursdays it would travel anti-clockwise. The plan would not operate on weekends. It was said that the scheme was almost certain to meet with the cabinet's approval, despite voices of protest coming from some quarters. One of the protestors included a spokesman for Labour Transport who reportedly warned that "Many drivers already have trouble telling their left from their right." Also, a resident of Swanley, Kent was quoted as saying, "Villagers use the motorway to make shopping trips to Orpington. On some days this will be a journey of two miles, and on others a journey of 117 miles. The scheme is lunatic." Thankfully, the scheme existed only in the minds of the writers at the Times.

#73: The Origin of April Fool’s Day
In 1983 the Associated Press reported that the mystery of the origin of April Fool's Day had finally been solved. Joseph Boskin, a History professor at Boston University, had discovered that the celebration had begun during the Roman empire when a court jester had boasted to Emperor Constantine that the fools and jesters of the court could rule the kingdom better than the Emperor could. In response, Constantine had decreed that the court fools would be given a chance to prove this boast, and he set aside one day of the year upon which a fool would rule the kingdom. The first year Constantine appointed a jester named Kugel as ruler, and Kugel immediately decreed that only the absurd would be allowed in the kingdom on that day. Therefore the tradition of April Fools was born. News media throughout the country reprinted the Associated Press story. But what the AP reporter who had interviewed Professor Boskin for the story hadn't realized was that Boskin was lying. Not a word of the story was true, which Boskin admitted a few weeks later. Boston University issued a statement apologizing for the joke, and many papers published corrections.

#93: Eiffel Tower Moves
The Parisien stunned French citizens in 1986 when it reported that an agreement had been signed to dismantle the Eiffle Tower. The international symbol of French culture would then be reconstructed in the new Euro Disney theme park going up east of Paris. In the space where the Tower used to stand, a 35,000 seat stadium would be built for use during the 1992 Olympic Games.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

When God Made Truckers

“Truck drivers seem to always get the short end of the stick.

They never get the respect that they all deserve. Truckers are the most regulated and least paid industry. Hardly ever is there anything telling the good that a truck driver does in the news.

It is always the bad, like an accident that killed a family – but the news won’t report that it was the driver of the other vehicles fault.

OOIDA posted this as a note on Facebook, the author of this it says is unknown.”

“When the Lord was creating Truck Drivers, he was into his sixth day of overtime when an angel appeared and said, “You’re doing a lot of fiddling around on this one.” And the Lord said, “Have you read the spec on this order?”

“A truck driver has to be able to drive 10-12 hours per day, through any type of weather, on any type of road, know the highway traffic laws of 48 states and 10 provinces, he has to be ready and able to unload 40,000 lbs of cargo after driving through the night, sleep in areas of cities and towns that the police refuse to patrol.”

“He has to be able to live in his truck 24 hours a day 7 days a week for weeks on end, offer first aid and motorist assistance to his fellow travelers, meet just in time schedules, and still maintain an even and controlled composure when all around him appear to have gone mad.”

“He has to be in top physical condition at all times, running on black coffee and half-eaten meals; he has to have six pairs of hands.” The angel shook her head slowly and said, “Six pairs of hands… no way.”

It’s not the hands that are causing me problems,” said the Lord, “it’s the three pairs of eyes a driver has to have.”

“That’s on the standard model?” asked the angel.

The Lord nodded.

” One pair that sees the herd of deer in the thickets 3 miles away” “Another pair here in the side of his head for the blind spots that motorists love to hide in; and another pair of eyes here in front that can look reassuringly at the bleeding victim of a drunk driver that crashed into his ICC bumper at 70MPH and say, ” ‘ You’ll be all right ma’am,’ when he knows it isn’t so.”

” Lord,” said the angel, touching his sleeve, “rest and work on this tomorrow.””

” I can’t,” said the Lord, “I already have a model that can drive 650 miles a day, without incident and can raise a family of five without ever seeing them, on 30 cents a mile.”

The angel circled the model of the truck driver very slowly, “Can it think?” ,she asked.

“You bet,” said the Lord. “It can tell you the elements of every HAZMAT load invented; recite Federal Motor Carrier Regulations rules and regs in its sleep; deliver, pickup, be a father, offer timely advice to strangers, search for missing children, defend a woman’s or children’s rights, get 8 hours of good rest on the street and raise a family of Law respecting citizens, without ever going home … and still it keeps its sense of humor. ”

“This driver also has phenomenal personal control. He can deal with delivery and pickup areas created from scenes painted in hell, coax a lumper to actually work for his money, comfort an accident victim’s family, and then read in the daily paper how truck drivers are nothing more than killers on wheels and have no respect for the rights of others while using the nations highways.”

Finally, the angel bent over and ran her finger across the cheek of the driver. “There’s a leak,” she pronounced. “I told you that you were trying to put too much into this model.”

“That’s not a leak,” said the lord, “it’s a tear.”

“What’s the tear for?” asked the angel.

“It’s for bottled-up emotions, for fallen comrades, for commitment to that funny piece of cloth called the flag, for justice, for the family without its father.”

“You’re a genius,” said the angel.

The Lord looked somber. “I didn’t put it there,”

God Bless each and every one of you truck drivers out there. You men and women are doing jobs that not everybody can do. It takes a special kind of person to be a truck driver. Be safe!

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Monday, March 14, 2011

Diesel price rises 3.7 cents

For a 15th straight week, the national average retail price of diesel rose 3.7 cents to $3.908 a gallon during the week ended March 14, according to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration.

The price is the highest since Sep. 29, 2008, when it was $3.969. The national average price is 98.4 cents higher than the same week last year.

Prices increased in all regions, although at a lower pace than the two previous weeks when double-digit gains were reported. California led the way, rising 4.8 cents to $4.17, the nation’s most expensive. The Gulf Coast is the least expensive at $3.842, after rising 3 cents a gallon. The East Coast advanced 3.8 cents to $3.946.

For state-by-state diesel prices, updated daily, click here.

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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

iPhone Trucker App

More and more truckers are discovering the benefits of "Smart Phone" technology that is making life on the road easier for OTR truck drivers. The "Trucker" is the first cutting edge trucking app for these phones to accommodate and benefit all of our nations' truck drivers. This application is designed to meet the needs of truck drivers by providing information and resources in the areas that are crucial for truck drivers' daily survival, information, comfort, and entertainment. The app continues to evolve based on what truckers are asking for, making sure that it provides everything within just a few clicks. To learn more about the benefits of smart phones and what the new "Trucker" app can do watch the video below.

Still want to know more about how technology is growing to help truckers and what the future could be? Listen to this episode of "Truth about Trucking" all about smart phones.

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