Apropos of nothing calendar related, my favourite pick from the Schott’s April Fool Almanac in Times 2 today has to be this gem:

The Iraqi newspaper, Babel, run by Saddam Hussain’s son, Uday, became notorious for running April Fool’s Day “jokes” taunting its readers. In 1998, the paper quoted President Bill Clinton as saying sanctions were soon to be lifted.

One can only imagine the fate of the April 2, 1998 edition of Babel when the jape was revealed, but I bet it wasn’t soft, strong or particularly long.