If it’s news to me, it must be news to you!
April Fool: The BBC fell hook, line and sinker for the Observer’s Brexit emojis story as you can see from this clip. Other pranks included a spoof BBC report on the sighting of a Kraken on the Thames, Virgin Australia introducing the first in-flight spin classes, news that the European Parliament has decided to change the colour of Euro passports from burgundy to dark blue and Carabao’s Donald Trump-inspired mandarin energy drink.
Appropriate: Facebook’s address is 1 Hacker Way, Menlo Park, California.
Gee whizz: Researchers at John Hopkins University have found that most people can’t recognise the correct form of the looptail letter G despite seeing it all the time. Are you one of the majority?
Cheeky burgers: Accrington Stanley chairman has fallen foul of the English Football League’s regulation 61.6 for not declaring the £200 he gives his team to spend at McDonald’s when they win.
Creepy: An artificial intelligence designed to decode the cypher us by the Zodiac Killer in the 1960s has started to produce poetry that is rather dark.
Comical: Jacob Rees-Mogg has been issued with a cease-and-desist notice by the editor of the Beano comic for breaching the intellectual copyright of their cartoon character Walter the Softy by copying his hair parting, distinctive round glasses and general snootiness.
Smallpiece: Following on from the statue of a naked Donald Trump last week, a biologist has named a newly discovered moth Neopalpa donaldtrumpi because of its blonde hair and small genitalia.
Brief lives: Actor Bill Maynard who I remember best for his early-1980s series Oh no it’s Selwyn Froggitt; Carmel McSharry who played Alf Garnett’s wife in In Sickness and in Health; England, Chelsea and Manchester United midfielder Ray ‘Butch’ Wilkins; writer and producer of Hill Street Blues and NYPD Blue Steven Bocho; five-time World Darts Champion Eric Bristow and; Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.