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be honest now, hands up who fell for a April Fool's blog or prank. 

I did - I fell for two, I wont mention which two as I'm aware it is still April Fool's Day in other parts of the world (it is Tuesday morning here and for some reason the AnD site wont accept NZ time).   In NZ April Fool's ends at lunch time is this true of other places too?

All I can say to the two who got me you bloody buggery bollocking bastards!

At least I didn't fall for the intranet story at work (though many did) this is it:

Rats to find Frogs

"Enemies to become allies" says Minister of Conservation Steve Chadwick announcing initial success at training rats to locate New Zealand's tiny rare native frogs. "Aside from being nocturnal, and extremely well-camouflaged, the frogs are also tiny, easily fitting into a matchbox."

"It's a bold move for the Department but the rats have a unique sense of smell and  can move through the bush with minimal disturbance" she said. "Given the frogs are so small, locating them for population monitoring purposes is nothing short of difficult. Volunteers for frog counts are hard to find even though one could be a prince."

There are only four surviving native frog species. All are nationally threatened, with the rarest, Hamilton's frog ( Leiopelma hamiltoni), numbering less than 300. New Zealand's native frog species are endemic and belong to the genus Leiopelma. They have some very distinctive features and behaviours such as they make ‘chirping' sounds, have round eye pupils (not slits) and they do not have webbed feet.

"The Department has successfully used dogs to locate kiwi and skinks" said Ms Chadwick "But dogs are just too big and cause too much disturbance of the bush in this case."

The programme to train rats began last year. The Department has decided that white rats are best for visual and ease of recovery purposes. Initially normal grey rats were used but they were lost sight of and never recovered. The rats have been trained to freeze when they sense a frog, with the reward of food; it also makes them easy to recover.

The Department now has trained four rats, the best one, Maramawhā, has potentially located a new species on Kaikoura Island. It has been given the temporary name Leiopelma " Aperira-ano" until confirmed, a Department spokesperson said. It is sheer coincidence that in the Chinese year of the rat and the international year of the frog these two species are working together.****

Now the characteristics of NZ frogs are all true, but using rats on Conservation land is just not gonna happen.  We are trying to eliminate the little killing machines.  Plus the new species of frog - Aperira is Maori for April and Maramawha means fourth month.

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To be honest I fell for TunTungs April fools joke blog
almost 13 years ago
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AHAHAHA I SO DIDNT FALL FOR ANY jeanne hahahahahaha u sooooooooooooo diddd!!!
almost 13 years ago
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Hmm, well, many were obvious. I'm skeptical about some, but I can't say I really fell for any. Although, if GS hadn't mentioned at the end of his blog, his not-so-interesting blog about the US dollar could have fooled me if I was any bit interested.
almost 13 years ago
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I fell for one at another board I post on. Usually at least one person gets me each year. It's a pretty funny day of the year.
almost 13 years ago
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interesting , is it still the food day there ? anyway happy fool's day ^ ^
almost 13 years ago
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hmm... if I hadn't read comments on some of the blogs I guess I wouldn't even remember it was April Fool's day... so I guess you can say I fell for one of them, I think... hahaa....
almost 13 years ago
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Poked.. hahahaha.. you aught to see what Phat had to say to me haha
almost 13 years ago
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ends at noon? for real? so people have to prep by morning.
almost 13 years ago
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wow, Interesting!!!! Im glad seeing u again, I have been lost in my work :( Hugssssss
almost 13 years ago
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Eeeks... must admit... fell for one... only cuz i wasn't thinkin bout the calendar !!! :)))
almost 13 years ago
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HAHAHA SHE FELL FOR MINE WHEN I SAID I QUIT SCHOOL HAHAHAHA!!! ~points down and laugh's really really hard~
almost 13 years ago
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*sticks tongue out @ penguin sis* loooool ^^
almost 13 years ago
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I have to say that I didn't read any of the April Fool's blogs. I quickly glanced at them in my feeds and realized that they weren't for real. I was a little bothered by the ones where people were saying that they hurt themselves cause you shouldn't joke about things like that. Maybe I'm too serious or jaded. I wanted to blog about something serious that day and had to keep stating that it wasn't an April Fool's joke. Interesting about the rats and frogs. I like frogs but rats are gross. They run around the tracks of our subway system in NYC.
almost 13 years ago
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JS
Lol, love what you say to those who got you :D, some people are really quite clever, it's hard not to believe them. Yeah I think I fell for narom's and Andrew's, and probably more. Likewise with butter I'm not keen when someone jokes about something that could end up backfiring on them badly. Lol, although I got to admit some of the govermental jokes like this has caused a lot of funny problems and situations here too.
almost 13 years ago
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Lol I was reading your recent blog entries again & when I came back to this one the phrase 'hands up who' struck me as so funny. I'd never heard it before & it has such a ring to it, I really like it.
almost 13 years ago
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CF
*raises hand halfway* I almost fell for Mark's blog.
almost 13 years ago

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