Monday, April 1, 2013

Press: North Idaho Newspaper Prints Big Prank About Big Photo

Posted By on Mon, Apr 1, 2013 at 10:01 AM

A suspicious article in today's (April 1) edition of the Coeur d'Alene Press is a bit of a shocker until you note that it was written by "April Fuhl."

The story "reports" of a kerfuffle over a 14-story high rise, blocking the vista of Lake Coeur d'Alene. When residents, led by one 97-year-old named "Foghorn Q. Jones," threatened to sue, the story said Coeur d'Alene officials responded by flying in, via helicopter, a 61-foot by 30-foot photograph of Lake Coeur d'Alene which would dangle directly in front of the newly constructed tower.

"The helicopter will operate 23/7, 365 days a year," according to the faux story.

The cost of the all-weather photo: $283 million. A phony city engineer, named "Picasso Hufferglass" says in the story that, "Folks shouldn't get hung up on the costs. Our urban renewal agency will foot the bill and everybody knows that's not tax money."

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