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Yesterday, former CP editor Jack Shafer posted a nice guide in Slate about how to spot April Fools jokes in the media. The piece, originally published last year, warns against strange animal reports, too-good-to-be-true free things, and the entirety of the British press. But it shows its age by failing to recognize the most pressing of modern day April Fools pranks.
Being rickrolled, of course, is always a risk, but it’s particularly important to be vigilant today. Damn you, Washington City Paper Listings Editor Matt Borlik, for tempting me to click on the Star Wars Rube Goldberg Machine video!
Joke’s on you, Borlik: I’ll take Rick Astley over your Star Wars nerd contraptions any day of the year.