(or more appropriately: April Fool’s Anti-Dope)
September 31st would be a day for us to just say “I’ve been had”, or “I can’t believe I fell for that”. It falls exactly 6-months after April 1st. April Fool’s Day comes One week after The Spring Equinox. April Fools are all about “springing” jokes, or fooling someone. September 31st is one week after The Fall Equinox. Since it is in the fall, it would not be for playing, or springing jokes on another. It would recognize all those who “fall” victim to hoaxes, or ridiculous things they hear, read, or somehow get false information in their heads. With the wide-spread use of all the social networks, and other web-information, it seems that the false news spreads at an alarming rate. For some reason, these false stories are not verified, or even weighed for even a tiny ounce of accuracy. Common sense seems to be not so common when one is using the web. They are immediately passed along with seeming panic, and urgent posts.
They spread like wild-fire, making their way across the web, around the world faster than the person, site, or business that is supposedly the target of such attacks can even begin to post any sort of rebuttal. The false story is more sensational, and seemingly urgent, so it is quickly passed along., often stating that something horrible could happen if they do not act right now. The truth behind the story does not get very far, because it is not as exciting.
These things are often hilarious, sensational, extremely absurd, and do not carry even a tiny-bit of credibility. Often Bold print, or All CAPS are used to make it seem important.
The September 31st organization could send out mailers saying it was “As Seen On TV”, or have radio-ads with a screaming announcer to show the urgency to get more people to join. The organization could post a status on any number of social networks stating that the fees are doubling, but those who reposted it by midnight, could get their membership renewed for half-price. (And if they got two more to join, theirs would be Free!)
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Every Member would get a button to wear, free of charge of course… Plus a small handling fee. The buttons could be marketed as having a secret code on the back, and the more they collected, the better their chances are of getting the winning secret code! There could be some “limited edition” buttons which would be sold “Only Until Midnight”, and would possibly be “A Very Valuable Collector’s Item”.
There would be gatherings, and award ceremonies every year on September 31st. The Organization would be sure and send airline, train, and bus tickets to all the members so attendance would be guaranteed. The tickets, of course would have a “handling fee”, and be valid between 11:59pm September 30th and 12:01am October 1st. Even The Best Hotel Accommodations would be provided free of charge, plus a small “resort-fee” (Space is limited, sign-up now).
I was inspired to create this date solely from the quantity of “updates” from people freaking out on Facebook. Last week, my wall was flooded for four full days of ridiculous, all caps posts from people who somehow believed if they reposted a hoax chain-mail status update, they might magically avoid fees. I saw hundreds of these updates each day, All stating the same thing about having to repost the status before midnight. Their posts even stated “that it was on the news”, yet not a one of them ever included the supposed news link.
It really is not that hard to discern a “false news” item. The first clue would be anything you see in ALL CAPS is fully a crap-post. Then, of course, the same people who posted this had received the same post from a “trusted” friend. Not a single person thought about the fact that when Facebook makes changes, we are notified directly by Facebook, not by random “Urgent” status updates. And, lastly, not a one of those who reposted these freak-outs bothered to use common sense, or even attempt to verify the “news”.
I gotta admit, I am pleasantly surprised, yet somewhat let-down that nobody out there has a warped-enough mind to create such a day. Perhaps there IS another out there, and I just have not found it yet. If there is anyone out there who Does already utilize this date, I would love to hear about it!
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