Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2005/04/01/fotw_0104/

April Fool rages at El Reg

This is a beauty

By Lucy Sherriff

Posted in Bootnotes, 1st April 2005 16:26 GMT

FoTW We would like to begin this Flame of the Week by calling the attention of the reader to the date. Yes, today is 1 April. The Fool's day. The day of pranks, cons, japes and other assorted jokes.

Having established that, we would recommend that before reading any further, you all pop along to this nice little story about the Bush twins, and at least skim through it.

You're back? Excellent. Now, we can proceed. This is the gem that dropped into the letters bag this morning. Enjoy:

Re: the Bush twins story.

"They have...positioned themselves as leaders of their generation, setting an example to be envied, and of course, to be emulated."

What the hell is this, the Bush family fan club? I never expected this sort of sycophantic rubbish to appear in your esteemed organ. If there was any remote chance of these airheads being put in any danger, they wouldn't be going. No GI grunt training for them eh? No. Of course not. Daddy must be thrilled that they're trying to make up for his military non-service.

Bullshit. You should be ashamed.

(Name witheld to protect the guilty)

Oh ho! we thought to ourselves. We have a winner!

We emailed our correspondent back post haste (naturally), suggesting that he double check the date at the beginning of the piece. After all, why should he sit and fume for hours, doing untold damage to the inside of his arteries, and quite possibly upsetting his digestion?

To get to the point, he emailed back:

Oh.

Pants.

What a mug.

What a mug, indeed, dear anonymous flamer. But because you copped to it so nicely, we won't name and shame. See, aren't we nice? ®