War of the Words

The buzz in the blogging world in Jordan today is that the Jordanian daily, Al Ghad, pulled a prank on its readers by posting an article stating that a UFO landed in the desert region of Al Jafar. Nowhere in the article did it reveal that it was an April Fools’ Day joke. Just read the wikipedia entry for April Fools’ Day and you will see that it is practiced in several countries around the world. The earliest recording of this day is in 1392 in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. Pranks are not just pulled by everyday people but by radio stations, television stations, magazines, newspapers, books, game shows and websites.

From wikipedia: The frequency of April Fools’ hoaxes sometimes makes people doubt real news stories released on April 1. On April 1, 1984, singer Marvin Gaye was shot and killed by his father. Originally, people assumed that it was a fake news story, especially considering the bizarre aspect of the father being the murderer.

House of Curiousity and My World wrote about the blunder in Al Ghad today, which gave me fodder for my second poem for the month of April, Poetry Month. Thank you gals, I didn’t have a clue what to write about. Today’s poem uses the theme of Shape poetry, an inventive form of poetry where the poem is to take on the shape of the subject. Look up in the sky, it’s a UFO! If my poem doesn’t fit your criteria for shape poetry, check out this example: I think that I shall never see a poem as lovely as a tree.

3 comments on “War of the Words

  1. I thought what Al-Ghad did was stupid. How could a respectable newspaper risk its credibility to play a prank on April’s fool day!

  2. Wow, I never felt so un-Jordanian! I am in the minority that thinks it was a good one. But I guess this is after a lifetime of enjoying not only pulling the pranks, but being had. It was meant to be all in good fun. Apparently Jordan is not ready. But they will be next year! Watch out!

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