Everyone hates April Fools’ Day — so why does it endure? The 500-year history of a troll holiday. (The Verge)
And why and how did it come to be associated with April 1st? (Digg)
This Is the Only Good April Fools’ Joke So Everybody Else Can Shut Up (Motherboard)
Horrific April Fool’s Pranks of the 19th Century, and more (Gizmodo)
(Although there is a significant value to April Fool’s Day. As Jay Kuo tweeted, this is the only day of the year that people critically evaluate what they read on the web before accepting it as true!)
This is a list of puzzles which have been proven impossible to solve. An impossible puzzle is one that cannot be solved by following its directions or criteria.
‘China completed the construction of one of the largest radio telescopes on the planet in July. The craft will scan space for extraterrestrial signals. For centuries, humanity has dreamt of making contact with other worlds. From the most zany to the most serious, these attempts have been based on a common representation: this radical Other would be a pure, cold and logical intelligence. So that in wishing to greet the Martians humans have learned … to speak to the machines.’
Source: Finn Brunton, Le Monde diplomatique, August 2016