All Fools' Day

Science  01 Apr 2005:
Vol. 308, Issue 5718, pp. 17
DOI: 10.1126/science.1111875

April 1 coincides with Science's issue date, providing an irresistible invitation for foolishness. Some publications do parodies; others create a fake story just plausible enough to hold the reader's credulity. But why quit at one when there are so many scenarios that might provide some amusement and might even be believable for a line or two? So here is a sampling of stories that even in our wildest moments we don't expect to see in the mainstream press. Each of these April Fool news items is limited to a headline and a lead paragraph; readers are invited to try their own hand at this. And as you read, please recall that our muse is not hampered by such inhibitions as, well, taste.

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