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This Day In History: The Biggest April Fools' Prank Ever

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At any given time, if you type the words “this day in history” on Google, you may be surprised to find that the popular search engine will yield approximately 6,360,000,000 results!



Prior to the internet age, these informative snippets of history were popularized by periodicals and the local paper and were dressed up as entertainment – or, in the very least, were offered as a break from the grind of the regular news. Naturally, each publication would present specific tidbits that were slanted towards the interest of the target audience and/or that were subject to the whims and approval of the editors whose responsibilities include maintaining positive financial relationships with key advertisers.


Fast forward to today: With just the click of a button, one could practically and quite literally discover anything and everything about “this day in history” – and then some!


For instance, within minutes of visiting just one of the many websites dedicated solely to history-by-the-day, you will find instances of happenings great and small – grouped chronologically, and quite varied in content. After simply clicking on a link you can discover all the “famous” birthdays (including celebrities), and another click may lead to a crash-course in recent pop-culture trivia. Some sites even have headlines and/or full archives of articles from major newspapers for any particular year.


And if you dig a little deeper…if you fine tune on an advanced search…if you make even a little effort in researching, then you start to realize that there isn’t enough time in the day to learn everything about that day in history – and consequently, you would have a only fleeting chance of catching up on current events!


The online world (certainly no stranger to history, in and of itself) truly has revolutionized history in a way that makes history out of…well, history.


With comprehensive websites such as, uncensored “real time” news and events via social media giants Twitter and Facebook, and the widely used ‘living’ encyclopedia Wikipedia, we are knee-deep in the quicksand of a never ending desert that has come to be known as the “information age.”


In fact, there is so much information available at our fingertips at any given time, and there are so many people contributing to the snowballing juggernaut, that most of us “armchair researchers” take everything with a grain of salt.


Have we become a society so dependent on information being served up so lightning fast that we are willing to sacrifice the chance to create new history for the sake of reading and re-reading heavily opinionated and rehashed stories?


Are we so enabled by the sheer accessibility of digitized data that we have locked ourselves into thinking that we have to know everything; that we are capable of doing so; and that we can trust that someone, somewhere, has actually checked the facts – and it’s not just all hear-say?


With so much available for so little invested (other than time itself – the very essence of history!), it is easy to forget that just as it is in the case of traditional printed media, such a service must be financed, maintained, and ultimately controlled in some way, shape, or form.


There are so many paid-advertisements on the web that we actually become deaf and blind to the fact – It’s just like background noise, barely noticeable after a period of extended exposure.


Mildly annoying is the fact that a number of ads are actually disguised as and/or interspersed with other “valid” search results on the most popular of search engines. More alarming are the privacy issues surrounding the ‘super-spy’ technology behind the tracking of “cookies.” As if that wasn’t enough, we have all those pesky computer hackers and internet-terrorists running around with their mal-ware, spy-ware and viruses.


And now, in the wake of massive people-driven uprisings against tyrannical governments (that began with the now famous Egyptian Revolution of 2011), foreign military powers and U.S. politicians make dire accusations that the internet itself could lead to and has led to violent protests and uprisings.


With so much controversy and the above mentioned so-called potential for disaster, the justification and possibility of an internet “kill-switch” is certainly a reality!


And perhaps more frightening than all that are the Psi-Op tactics being employed by professional bloggers and computer programs, posing as ”real” people in order to combat and create untruths, spy on innocents, and spread even more propaganda.


All of this leads to the less than subtle question as to the validity of the wireless information being so generously spoon-fed to us on our internet TVs, laptops, tablets, and smart-phones.


Clearly, even in the “information age”, freedom of speech is being squashed, and pursuit of the truth is becoming a risky endeavor indeed. Slowly, but surely, we are all becoming increasingly distrustful of the propaganda-driven and scripted media outlets, and the thought of an alternative is liberating.


And yes! The internet is like a tremendous doorway that exposes us to a world of unlimited sources of information…


But what if the keys to that door belonged to the same handful of wealthy (and mostly foreign) eccentrics who already have more than a healthy amount of control and ownership over our press, our schools, our government agencies, our hospitals, our military, and even our money?


With main-stream media having been under the light of so much scrutiny recently – sadly, mostly due to their amateurish and obviously biased coverage of recent tragedies such as the Sandy Hook School Shooting and the Boston Marathon Bombing being examples of blatant propaganda-driven sensationalism; gross mistakes that are too large to whitewash in a digital age – the public is blindly and unquestionably increasing it’s dependency and faith in the world wide WEB for alternative news.


But rather than set ourselves up for potentially more of the same (or worse!), we must be vigilant and remain mindful of the age-old wisdom found in the words, “don’t believe everything that you read.” – Even when we read a comment that begins, “JohnDoe1234 in Alabama writes…”


As for “this day in history?”


Will the rest of the slumbering world wake up and resist the lies and agendas that are being dressed up and presented as “The News”?


If we look back a year or two from now – will we have won the information war?


Will such lies prove to be exposed for what they are?


And if so, would “this day in history” be called the biggest April Fools’ prank ever?


- Ruckus


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