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April Fool's Day gags for under $10

Make a fool of yourself, a fool of your friends and, if you're a staid Canadian broadcaster, fool your trusting audience! Sheila Copps, David Suzuki and more all play a part in this parade of fools and pranksters. From edible budgies (gasp!) to the old spraying lapel flower, this trip down memory lane recalls the many ways to make, or to be, an April Fool.

For those who love practical jokes, CBC Consumer Reporter Kathryn O'Hara has scavenged for the best of the best, or at least the gags that have stood the test of time. She's got bugs, laugh-boxes and plastic cheese. Not included in her bag of tricks is the whoopee cushion, a reliably juvenile item that was perhaps too taboo for a daytime newscast?
• The "fly in the soup" gag, (or fly in the egg, as it were) has been the springboard for centuries of waiter jokes.

• "Waiter there's a fly in my soup." "Don't worry sir that spider on your bread will soon get him!"

• "Waiter there's a fly in my soup." "What do you expect for twenty rupees, a beetle?"

• "Waiter, there's a fly swimming in my soup!" "Then we've served you too much soup sir, the fly should be wading."

• "Waiter, there's a fly swimming in my soup!" "Shhh! Not so loud. Or everybody will want one!"
Medium: Television
Program: Midday
Broadcast Date: March 31, 1986
Host: Peter Downie, Valerie Pringle
Reporter: Kathryn O'Hara
Duration: 4:04

Last updated: February 9, 2012

Page consulted on December 6, 2013

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