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Sunday, 2 April 2017

Russia Unloads on Scumbags like Waters and McCain… WITH HUMOUR!

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Editor:

Here’s my “vote” for the best April Fool’s Joke… This sounds like the Old Master’s (Lavrov’s) sense of humour…

BMD

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😀 The Ministry of Foreign Affairs uploaded the following answering-machine message, “at any diplomatic mission of the Russian Federation”… business as usual, on April Fool’s Day:

Hello, you’ve reached the Embassy of the Russian Federation. If you’d like to request a call from a Russian diplomat to your political opponent… press 1. To use the services of Russian hackers… press 2. To request election interference… press 3 and wait until the next election campaign. Please note that all calls are recorded for quality improvement and training purposes.

1 April 2017

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Aleksei Zhurako’s April Fool’s Day Post

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Editor:

This is an obvious April Fool… however, I don’t think that Aleksei wanted to “fool” anyone… it’s an acerbic comment on what’s happened in the Ukraine. It’s my “vote” for Best April Fool Post… using satire and biting criticism to make a legit point.

BMD

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Dear Friends!

Urgent! Inside! Exclusive!

Putin and Trump agreed on the Ukraine and came to a compromise!

As it was a compromise, one understands that both sides had to make concessions; probably, each side will remain disgruntled, but here’s the deal we have:

Trump as a businessman, insisted on the position that once America invested so much cash in the Ukraine, they had to receive dividends from their money. He has a lot of problems in the USA itself… the Democrats have him under heavy criticism after losing the White House and both houses of Congress. With one blow, Trump decided to end these challenges… former US Vice-President Joe Biden, who managed things in the Ukraine, will become Poroshenko’s direct successor and move to Kiev (in principle… what was covert becomes overt). This is what the USA gets. For his part, Putin insisted that if Biden took over in the Ukraine, the Ukraine would transit to a federal system of government… just like in the USA. DNR Head of State A V Zakharchenko would become the Ukrainian Vice-President. Thus, the two superpowers would have a representative in Kiev, balancing out their interests. Alas, Poroshenko would escape justice… he’ll become the Governor of Puerto Rico. To ease his transition, Natalya Yaresko is there arranging things. Sources in Kiev said that they offered Poroshenko other options, but he insisted on Puerto Rico because he’d have daily and unlimited access to rum, which they produce on this island. There’s information that Putin and Trump concluded a side-bet about Poroshenko. Trump insists “the people were crank” in the Ukraine… Poroshenko is really a first-class manager, who’d be able to turn around and pick up the local economy in Puerto Rico. Putin believes that the Ukrainians are tremendous and hard-working people… the Euromaidan ghouls weren’t good for them. San Juan (and the rest of the world) awaits Pyotr Alekseyevich’s arrival. Let’s see what happens… “Puerto Rico takes off!” or Poroshenko’s nonsense will move the people to hold a referendum to get out from under such “leadership”…  #ПэуртоРикоНаш  #Peurtorikonash?

Thanks,

Aleksei Zhuravko

1 April 2017

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Saturday, 1 April 2017

1 April 2017. Have a Care… It’s April Fool’s Day…

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Have a care… it’s April Fool’s Day… all sorts of rubbish and fun will be all over the net. You need to be twice as vigilant today. I’ll post some goodies later…

BMD

Saturday, 6 April 2013

6 April 2013. RIA-Novosti Infographics. April Fool’s Day Throughout the World

00 RIA-Novosti Infographics. April Fool’s Day Throughout the World. 2013

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Perhaps, April Fool’s Day is one of the few holidays, although it’s never received official recognition, which is widely-celebrated all over the world. Over many years, each country developed its own unique April Fool’s practical jokes and traditions. You can read more about them in the Infographic.

Historians argue over the exact origin of the holiday. One version attributes the origin of this festival to Ancient Rome, where, in mid-February (not at the beginning of April), they held a Fool’s Carnival. Lucius Apuleius thought that ancient Romans associated “April Fool’s” hoaxing with a holiday called the Hilaria, in honour of Cybele the Great Mother goddess {only part of the holiday was a farce, there were serious aspects, too: editor}. Others argue that this holiday originated in ancient India, where they celebrated a Foolish Holiday on 31 March. On the other hand, in the ancient world, some speculate that only the Ancient Irish had a Fool’s Festival on 1 April, in honour of the New YearIcelandic sagas relate that the custom of hoaxing on 1 April started in memory of the ásynja Skaði , daughter of the jötunn Þjazi .

Another version claims that the Fool’s Festival on 1 April in Ancient India and Rome originated as part of the celebration of the vernal equinox. People celebrated with jokes, pranks, and clowning around on New Year’s Day (it occurred in the spring in those days). People tried to appease the whims of spring weather with jokes and spoofing. Yet another variation insists that April Fool’s Day is associated with the transition to the Gregorian calendar, introduced by Pope Gregory XIII Boncompagni in 1582. In the Middle Ages, people celebrated the New Year in late March… the New Year’s Festival began on 25 March and ended on 1 April. In the middle of the 16th century, King Charles IX reformed the calendar in France, moving the New Year to 1 January, but many continued to celebrate on 1 April. The people who kept the old holiday and gave each other gifts became known as “April Fools”. Yet, everyone wanted in on the fun. It became “April Fool’s Day”, and went on from there.

1 April 2013

RIA-Novosti

http://ria.ru/infografika/20130401/930032689.html

http://en.ria.ru/infographics/20130401/180379926/How-the-World-Celebrates-April-Fools-Day.html

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