April Fool Pranks
They are not just for schoolkids. Here are some that were played by large companies:
In 1957, the BBC published a report of farmers in Switzerland experiencing a record crop of spaghetti. Amazed spectators watched as the farmers harvested noodles from trees. Eager pasta-lovers phoned the radio station to find out where they could get these trees.
In 1996, the fast-food restaurant chain, Taco Bell, announced it was going to purchase Philadelphia’s Liberty Bell and rename it the Taco Liberty Bell. Thousands of worried citizens phoned to confirm this shocking news. read more
I recently joined a newly formed camera club. At the second meeting, the lecturer taught us some techniques concerning our choice of subjects. He projected various photographs onto the wall, and explained what made them great pictures, or where their weaknesses lay. Each time, he emphasized the need for a focal point. There was no such thing as just a beautiful view. There was always a main focus, perhaps a beautiful rose, a sunset, or a ship.
He showed us a picture of a beautiful garden. Flowering shrubs and shaped hedges surrounded manicured lawns. Overhead, the sky was an azure blue with wisps of soft white cloud—a stunning photograph. High up in the sky, an eagle hovered. read more
Some months ago, I had a phone call from a lady who lives on the other side of South Africa. She had read my article in the Reader’s Digest and gone to great lengths to find my phone number. It was just a letter to the editor; yet it opened doors for me to come alongside a desperate lady trying to cope with her husband’s advanced cancer. I was able to pray with her and give her encouragement. She planned to use the contents of my letter to make a difference in their lives. read more
I stood at one of the stalls at a craft market next to the national road. All over the ground were intricate wooden carvings of animals ranging from ten centimetre chameleons to two metre giraffes. Every one of these carvings was created by a skilled craftsman. We have no problem accepting that.
Imagine if I were to pick on a tourist and explain, “These just arrive here every weekend. No one makes them you know. They just create themselves out of dust.” My guess is that the tourist would put a speedy distance between us, and decide that some South Africans have very strange ideas. Yet some highly qualified people expect us to believe even more far-fetched ideas than this. read more
We all know the story of how Jesus turned water into wine at the wedding in Cana. The question is why. So the wedding party ran out of wine. This would have been a huge embarrassment for the host family, and a disappointment to the guests. How good of Jesus to work his first ever miracle to save the situation. The guests would leave the wedding talking about the happy occasion, and the great wine.
Yet this miracle is about far more than wine and a rescued wedding celebration. read more
“Cultivate inner beauty, the gentle, gracious kind that God delights in.” 1 Peter 3:4 (CEV)
Two days ago, we looked at the magnitude of God in His role as creator. Today I’d like us to see Him as a God who loves adding finishing touches to His work.
Have you noticed how sometimes your most drab piece of writing becomes a real treasure? You study it and come close to giving up on it. Then you add an illustration, or another angle occurs to you, and suddenly your writing creation comes to life. read more
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart.” Jeremiah 1:5 NIV
Yesterday we saw how we were made in God’s image. Yet often, when I sit down to start writing a new article, I don’t feel that way. I can’t imagine God staring blankly at His creation, wondering what to do next. Yet I often sit and look at the blank screen in front of me and struggle to come up with a new idea. Eventually I start by typing out a few words. From there, I work step by step, creating what I hope will be a masterpiece. Sometimes I am pleased with the result. More often, I don’t like it one bit. At that point I have two options. I can hit delete and start over, or I can press on and try to improve on my article. read more
How clearly the sky reveals God’s glory! How plainly it shows what he has done! (Psalms 19:1 GNB)
Some years ago, my husband and I sat in our campsite in Africa, miles from civilization, and stared in awe at the night sky. The sky seemed darker, the stars brighter and far more numerous than when we looked up from our home in the city. I knew that, according to people who study the heavens, there are over a hundred billion stars in our galaxy alone—and new ones developing all the time. How can I begin to relate to the God behind such creation? read more