Monday, March 28, 2016


Crazy Challenge Connection discussion on goodreads

DURATION: April 1 – April 30, 2016

Source: April Fool's Day Top 10

April Fool's Day is a holiday where people play pranks on each other all across the world, and has been celebrated since Roman times. While you might be switching the salt and the sugar, or putting a plastic spider in someone's tea, there have been some truly incredible pranks that fooled the entire world. 

Here are the top 10 April Fool’s pranks as recorded by the UK’s Mirror. To complete this month’s challenge, choose seven of these pranks WHEN YOU SIGN UP FOR THE CHALLENGE and read the books associated with those seven. If you do not post your choices when you sign up, we will assume that you’re going to complete all ten tasksand will not consider your challenge complete until you've done all ten. 

See this thread for more detailed rules for all CCC challenges.

♦ If you want to participate in this challenge, please sign up by posting your list of seven pranks. This gives us a post to link you to, which you can use to update your books as the challenge progresses. 

♦ Unless otherwise noted, books must be at least 150 pages long. (See the link above for rules regarding graphic novels.) Books may only be used for one task in this challenge, but cross-challenge posting is encouraged :) Re-reads are allowed, as long as you read the entire book. You must read at least half of the book AFTER the challenge begins in order to count it for this challenge.

♦ For each book you read, please post a link to the title, and indicate the author and the date you finished reading it. Please make it clear which option you’ve chosen for each task. If the task calls for an item on the cover or specific author initials or name/s, youmust include a link to the book cover and/or author's name, respectively.* 
    * If you don’t know how to post a link to the book title, cover or author, see the instructions here: Add a link to the book title, book cover and/or author 

♦ When you complete the challenge, please post your entire list as a new message. If you do this while you still have the Edit window open, it will copy all of your links and formatting. If you don’t repost your list, your name will not be added to the list of those who have completed the challenge.

10. In 1980 the BBC reported that Big Ben, in order to keep up with the times, was going to be given a digital readout. The announcement shocked listeners, who protested the change. The BBC Japanese service also announced the clock hands would be sold to the first four listeners to contact them. One Japanese seaman in the mid-Atlantic immediately radioed in a bid.
Read a book with a clock or other timepiece on the cover (must be visible in the GR thumbnail; post the cover) OR book #4 in a series.
Rose Sydney Landon 4/4/16

9. In 2007, images of an 8-inch mummified creature resembling a fairy were posted on the website of the Lebanon Circle Magik Co. The site explained how the creature had been found by a man walking his dog along an old Roman road in rural Derbyshire. By April 1 the Lebanon Circle website had received tens of thousands of visitors and hundreds of emails. 
     But, at the end of April 1, Dan Baines, the owner of the site, confessed the fairy was a hoax. He had used his skills as a magician's prop-maker to create the creature. Baines later reported that, even after his confession, he continued to receive numerous emails from people who refused to accept the fairy wasn't real.
Read a book with a fairy in the story OR a book with MAGIC or MAGICAL REALISM on its main GR page
Magic Fire Touched Patricia Briggs 4/3/16

8. A barge towing a giant iceberg appeared in Sydney Harbor in April 1978. Dick Smith, a local adventurer and millionaire businessman, had been loudly promoting his scheme to tow an iceberg from Antarctica, saying he was going to carve the berg into small ice cubes, which he would sell to the public for ten cents each. These cubes, fresh from the pure waters of Antarctica, were promised to improve the flavour of any drink they cooled.
     Local radio stations provided blow-by-blow coverage of the scene, but when it started to rain the firefighting foam and shaving cream the berg was really made of washed away, uncovering the white plastic sheets beneath.
Read a book with ICE in the title (NO compound words) or on the cover (must be visible in the GR thumbnail; post the cover) OR a book with a 7 or 8 in its year of original publication (tell us the year)
 title Skating on Thin Ice: Seattle Sockeyes Hockey Jami Davenport 4/2/16

7. In 1860 people throughout London received the following invitation: "Tower of London: Admit Bearer and Friend to view annual ceremony of Washing the White Lions on Sunday, April 1, 1860. Admittance only at White Gate." By noon a large crowd had gathered outside the tower. They were disappointed to find that lions hadn't been kept in the tower for centuries, let alone white lions.
Read a book set in London OR a book by an author whose first AND last initials can be found in WHITELION
Say When Tara West 4/5/16

6. Burger King published a full page advertisement in USA Today in 1998. The advert announced a new item on their menu: the Left-Handed Whopper. Especially designed for the 32 million left-handed Americans, the new burger included the same ingredients as the original Whopper, but all the condiments were rotated 180 degrees. 
     Thousands of customers went into restaurants to request the new sandwich, while many others requested their own 'right handed' version.
Read a book with “32” intact in its total number of pages (tell us how many pages) OR a book with a royal character (king, queen, prince, princess, lord or lady) in the story (tell us the character’s title) Lady Elizabeth
Truce R.L. Mathewson 4/10/16

5. On 1 April 1972, newspaper headlines around the world announced the dead body of the Loch Ness Monster had been found. A team of zoologists from Yorkshire's Flamingo Park Zoo, who were at Loch Ness searching for proof of Nessie's existence, had discovered the carcass floating in the water the day before. Initial reports claimed it weighed a ton and a half and was 15½ feet long. Upon inspection, Nessie turned out to be a bull elephant seal.
     The zoo's education officer, John Shields, confessed he had been responsible for placing the body in the Loch. The seal had died the week before, and he had shaved off its whiskers, padded its cheeks with stones, and kept it frozen for a week, before dumping it in the Loch. The seal's body was displayed at the Flamingo Park Zoo for a few days before being properly disposed of.
Read a book with a character who plays practical jokes OR a book with a real water creature of some kind on the cover (must be visible in the GR thumbnail; post the cover)
Just Good Friends (Escape to New Zealand, #2) by Rosalind James Rosalind James 4/4/16

4. In 1977 the Guardian published a seven-page "special report" about San Serriffe, a small country located in the Indian Ocean consisting of several islands that make the shape of a semi-colon. The two main islands were called Upper Caisse and Lower Caisse. They did an in-depth series of articles on the history, geography and daily life on these idyllic islands.
     The Guardian's phones rang all day as readers wanted more information about the perfect-sounding fictional holiday spot, and the hoax began a tradition in newspapers to try and fool their readers.
Read a book set on an island OR a book whose title is a pun
The Boat Builder's Bed Kris Pearson 4/7/16

3. During an interview on BBC Radio 2, on the morning of 1 April 1976, the astronomer Patrick Moore announced that at 9:47 AM a once-in-a-lifetime astronomical event was going to take place. The planet Pluto would pass behind Jupiter, temporarily causing a gravitational alignment that would reduce the Earth's own gravity. Moore told his listeners that if they jumped in the air at the exact moment this planetary alignment occurred, they would experience a strange floating sensation.
     The BBC received hundreds of phone calls from listeners claiming to have felt the sensation. One woman even reported she and her 11 friends had risen from their chairs and floated around the room.
Read a book with a series of at least three nearly identical objects lined up in a row on the cover (must be visible in the GR thumbnail; post the cover) OR a book set in space
 The Lace Makers of Glenmara Heather Barbieri 4/7/16

2. The best known public prank is the 1957 news show broadcast by Panorama. It was a three-minute segment about a bumper spaghetti harvest in southern Switzerland. This was apparently because of an unusually mild winter and the "virtual disappearance of the spaghetti weevil," with video footage of a Swiss family pulling pasta off spaghetti trees and placing it into baskets. The show said: "For those who love this dish, there's nothing like real, home-grown spaghetti."
     Hundreds of people phoned the BBC wanting to know how they could grow their own spaghetti tree. To this query the BBC simply said: "Place a sprig of spaghetti in a tin of tomato sauce and hope for the best." 
Read a book with a large tree on the cover (must be visible in the GR thumbnail; post the cover) OR a book with a main character who is a chef/cook (NOT a baker, candy-maker, etc.)  
Rings On Her Fingers (Psychic Seasons #1) by ReGina Welling Rings On Her Fingers ReGina Welling 4/8/16

1. In Sweden, in 1962, there was only one television channel, and it was shown in black and white. The station announced that their "technical expert," Kjell Stensson, was going to tell people how to view color images on their black-and-white sets. Researchers, he said, had recently discovered that covering your television screen with a pair of tights would cause the light to bend in such a way that it would appear as if the image was in color. All viewers had to do, Stensson said, was to cut open a pair of stockings and tape them over the screen of their television set.
     Thousands of viewers fell for the hoax. Many say today that they remember their parents (their fathers in particular) rushing through the house trying to find stockings to place over the TV set. Regular colour broadcasts began in Sweden on April 1, 1970.
Read a book whose cover is only black, white and gray (title and/or author’s name can be in a different color; post the cover) OR a book with over 6,200 ratings on GR (tell us how many) 

Drawn (Drawn, #1) by Lilliana Anderson Drawn Lilliana Anderson 4/5/16 

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