So in case you didn't realise, Sunday's article was a complete hoax. Hands up guv, it's a fair cop. A jape. A prank... APRIL FOOL!
This is what happens when the only church service you have on certain Sundays is put on at some ungodly hour which you miss.... it leaves you waking up with time to kill and unfortunately the Devil makes work for idle hands.
Basically I was thinking about my habit of subverting whatever random event Google has commemorated on Good Friday in the past by using it and turning their randomness back into a commemoration of Good Friday. It was then that it occurred to me. Why not do the same thing for Palm Sunday and April Fool's Day... after all, how often are they going to fall together in our lifetimes?
Although the entire article was a complete fabrication and the story itself was absurd enough, here are the humdingers that should have given it away:
- Alhmar Dhryh is fictional. It is phonetic Arabic that translates to "Ass Shrine".
- The Hebrew inscription פתי של האחד באפריל translates as "April Fool's Gullible".
- The researcher I quoted (Prof. Ol Ali), is an anagram of April Fool.
In addition, the photograph of the excavation site was ripped from somewhere else in the Middle East and the photographed remains of the wall fresco is actually an image of some prehistoric cave paintings. Finally pray tell, what are the odds of such a story being timed to come out on Palm Sunday? Isn't it just a little bit convenient.
So congratulations if you dodged the bullet and saw through my little plan... and I won't reveal who included a reference to my post in a sermon on the same day - you know who you are... and your secret is safe with me. :)
However perhaps the last laugh is on me. When endeavouring to explain my elaborate ruse to a couple of colleagues at work, one of them was pretty insistent I should get suited and booted with a dog collar and join the clergy.
*Cue awkward silence in the office*
Time for you to share:
- What April Fools tricks did you play on people?
- Were you caught out by anybody else's tricks or jokes on Sunday?