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The skinny: April Fools doesn't go over well in Jordan

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April Fools doesn't go over well in Jordan

People in Jordan are still buzzing about the story in Al Ghad newspaper last week about the UFOs landing in the desert and the 10-foot aliens prowling the area. The fact that the paper ran the story on Thursday — April 1 — was lost on most readers and caused a national Orson Welles-like scenario to play out. Parents kept their kids home from school. The mayor of Jafr considered evacuating the city of 13,000. And government officials nearly sent in a security team. "We meant to entertain, not scare people," said Moussa Barhoumeh, Al Ghad's managing editor. He said the whole thing was blown out of proportion.


Kid busted for helping out parents

Jordan Crouch, 8, was just trying to do a favor for his time-strapped dad, James, on Friday. So he woke up early, found the keys to the family minivan and decided to take it down to gas station and fill up the tank. After backing out of the driveway, it became apparent that it was going to be a rough ride, since he had to stand up to reach the pedals. He figured he was good to go, because he knew that the one on the left was the brake and the one on the right makes the car make the "vroom-vroom" sound. He made it about 100 yards before being involved in a low-impact crash. Police brought him home and told his parents about the short, strange trip.

Great Brits

Can you trust survey about lying?

A survey of British people indicates that Brits tell an average of four lies per day. OnePoll talked to 4,300 adults and determined that they tell about 1,500 lies per year, according to the Daily Telegraph. Most are fairly harmless, with the No. 1 fib being that the failure to answer a call was due to the lack of a signal. And for men, a top untruth was regarding how their significant other looked. It was presumed that the lie was "good." "Most of these were considered either completely harmless or tactically necessary depending on the situation in which they are delivered," the company said. You have to question the results, though, since so many of the respondents were confirmed liars.

Burnt toast draws immediate response

Three fire engines responded to a call of a fire at the home of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair. But when they arrived at the $9 million, 17th century mansion, they did not find a fire. It was just breakfast. Apparently, some burnt toast set off an alarm, and the alarm is monitored by a security firm that called fire officials. By the time the Blairs called to tell them there was no fire, firefighters were already there. "All rather embarrassing," said a spokesperson for the Blairs.

Compiled from Times wire services and other sources by staff writer Jim Webster, who can be reached at

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