Did they fool you?

April 1st, 2014

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Metroxpress gets props with a deceitful little beauty

As is tradition on the foolhardy day of April 1, the Danish media tried to bamboozle their readers today with a few tall tales sprinkled with a few decent laughs.

Here is a brief roundup of some of the April Fool's stories circulating in the Danish newspapers today. Naturally, some were better than others.

Ekstra Bladet tabloid wrote that the Storebælts Bridge had been sold to Goldman Sachs and that prices would be doubling in the near future.

There was some good news for forgetful commuters, according to Berlingske newspaper, which reported that check-out pylons for the Rejsekort travel card had been erected around the city, although tourists had found the one at the Little Mermaid to be confusing because they mistake it for an interactive Little Mermaid device.

BT tabloid wrote that the prime minister, Helle Thorning-Schmidt (S), had asked Denmark’s Eurovision contestant, Basim, to incorporate a EU flag into his song to help promote her in her bid to obtain a top EU position.

READ MORE: Fooled ya: an April Fool's wrap-up

The cream of the crop
Politiken newspaper briefly (and cruelly) reignited the hopes of Danish football fans that Denmark could be playing in the World Cup this summer in Brazil after all because Greece couldn’t afford to participate.

Metroxpress newspaper had perhaps one of the better ones of the day after writing that a group of women, including actress Pernille Højmark, had sued the sexual awareness organisation Sex & Samfund because a Swedish hacker group had revealed the names of the 770 women who had had their vaginas photographed last year as part of an awareness campaign.

Job search website, Jobindex, wrote that Copenhagen Zoo were looking for a head of marketing who could lead a new purse collection made from animals such as giraffes and lions. The purse line would be name ‘Marius’.

SE og HØR tabloid magazine wrote that DFDS Seaways has announced that Justin Timberlake would give a concert on the Oslo ferry in connection with his tour of Scandinavia in May.

Sadly, music website Gaffa’s story that One Direction had split up was also among the April Fool's gags.

The Copenhagen Post has also embraced the tradition- which was allegedly invented in France in the 1500’s – but we’ll leave it up to you to figure out which one.


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