Phony News: 5 finest April Fool’s gags from As It Takes place

As It Occurs listeners typically suffer no fools– except, obviously, on April 1.

Every year on April Fools Day, we slip one fake story into our lineup in the spirit of the vacation. Sadly, this year’s April Fool’s falls on a weekend, when we’re not on the air.So rather of aiming to fool you, we’ve compiled this list of a few of our finest gags for your satisfaction.


In 2011, As It Takes place host Carol Off interviewed a Royal Canadian Mint representative about a strategy to phase out the Canadian $5 bill and replace it with a $3 coin dubbed the “threenie.”

What the listeners didn’t know was that the Mint agent was in fact As It Occurs writer Chris Howden.

“Carol, we at the Mint are always attempting to get expenses down and the truth of the matter is that paper currency expenses money and breaks quickly, as you know if you have actually carried a costs around for any length of time,” he stated, matter-of-factly.

Worry not, Canadians. You won’t have to carry around threenies with your loonies and toonies. (David Horemans/CBC)

“The fives in particular– I’m not exactly sure why, I think that it has something to do with the face of Wilfred Laurier — they get defaced, which is illegal, naturally.”

Why not a $5 coin? Do the mathematics!

“We’ve brought mathematicians in,” Howden discussed. “The combinations that are offered to us with a $1, $2 and $3 coin are definitely greater we’ve found than if we had a $5 coin, and think me, we have actually done our research on this. We have actually had some of the great minds in the nation on this.”

In 2011, Carol Off talked to a Royal Canadian Mint representative about a plan to phase out the Canadian $5 expense and replace it with a $3 coin. Exactly what the listeners didn’t understand is that the Mint agent was actually one of our authors. 3:40

Off welcomed listeners to weigh in with their opinions, and they did not disappoint.One Nova Scotia male was alarmed the threenie would be bigger than the toonie, which is larger than the loonie. “I mean if they get up to a$10 coin, it

‘s going to be as huge as a pizza pan in your pocket!” he exclaimed. A Toronto lady revealed her concern for Canada’s senior population being weighed down by change.”As our population is aging, this is getting to be a hardship

just to carry loan around, “she stated. One smart listener contacted with a name idea for the new loan

:”Coinage a trois.” Royal poutine This was a fake story based on a genuine one. On April 1, 2011, As It Happens falselyreported that poutine would be served as the main

Canadian dish at the royal wedding event of Prince William and Kate Middleton, all thanks to a real 2009 New Yorker about the Quebecois staple.Off spoke with New Yorker food author Calvin Trillin– who was in on the joke– and things got downright combative. A meal suitable for royalty

?(Frank Gunn/Canadian Press) “You say about the taste of poutine that the very best you can come up with is it’s’surprisingly inoffensive.’Is that, in truth, talk about the Canadian character?”Off asks.”The Canadian character is inoffensive, but not remarkably,”Trillin retorts.Trillin retorts.On April 1, 2011, As It Happens incorrectly reported that poutine would be functioned as the

official Canadian dish at the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. 3:48″There’s a Yankee recommending the food that Canada will contribute to a royal wedding event. I suggest, can you simply value how Canadians will be a bit checked off by this?”she presses. “Well, I believe you’re

blaming the messenger,”Trillin says.”It’s not my fault that Canadians like poutine more than they like food that advanced people eat.”Fur helmets that keep growing Back in 1980, then-host Barbara Frum detected an April Fool’s Day trick by Soldier magazine, claiming that the fur on Canadian-sourced bearskin helmets used by British guards grows.”They do, in truth, require to be trimmed each year for the first 4 or 5 years approximately,”Maj.-Gen

. Charles Findlay, who is not a real individual, informed Frum.It’s extremely unlikely this London guard has to trim his helmet fur.(Stefan Wermuth/Reuters )If that wasn’t enough to tip readers off, Frum then went to a second visitor

, Winnipeg’s Col. Cyril Frisbee, a so-called expert on the subject, who informed of a comparable problem with the Buffalo coats worn by Canadian constables.

“They were growing little, horny-like proturbances, “he said, causing Frum to chuckle in spite of

herself.”This was a real restoration of the bone marrow cells that were still in the conceal. “Back in 1980, then-host Barbara Frum chose up on an April Fool’s Day prank by Soldier publication, declaring that the hair on the Canadian-sourced bearskin

helmets used by London guards continues to grow. 2:45 Eventually, he says, they resolved the issue utilizing electrolysis.”The instant option was to excise them, but of course this destroyed the coats.

They would fall to pieces, “he said.”The problem was getting rather embarrassing for these chaps.” Taxpayer-funded globetrotting In the spring of 2002, As It Occurs co-host Barbara Budd drew across the country ire when she revealed she

had actually recieved a Canada Council grant to visit all the locations she’s mispronounced on the air.On April Fool’s Day 2002, As It Occurs co-host Barbara Budd stimulated across the country ire when she announced she had received a Canada Council grant to go to all the places she ‘d mispronounced on air. 3:55″

It’s really sort of a Canadian goodwill thing, so I’m able to discuss As It Happens ,”Budd stated.”I’m just sorry Ive never ever mispronounced the name Prague. I ‘d like to go to Prague.”This gag triggered listeners to call to reveal their

fury with Budd, the Council and the CBC. “I am just totally disillusioned and dissatisfied with Budd’s celebrating about how she scored a Canada Council Grant, “a Saskatchewan caller said. “I believe you’ve got to

be more accountable with the taxpayers’cash Ms. Budd.” Windy city Sometimes, the prankster ends up being the prey.On March 31, 1976, CBC freelancer Bernard Clark called us from the U.K. and deceived us into believing a story

about a Scottish town so windy, individuals wear lead-lined kilts. Joke’s on us. There is no Scottish town with extreme winds and lead-lined kilts.(Jeff J. Mitchell/Reuters)” They have stories of sheep being blown away, “he said.” They’ve got two miles of rope along the coasts so that when you’re walking, you have actually got something to grip onto, it’s that sort of

strong wind

. You park your cars and truck with the front

facing the wind since otherwise the car door doors just fly off.”Host Frum was baffled as to why people would reside in such a place.On March 31, 1976, freelancer Bernard Clark deceived As It Occurs with a story about a Scottish town so windy, people wear weighted kilts. 2:18 But Clark told her there was money to be made as the community was developing the world’s first network of”horizontal wind mills,” which he referred to as”a multi-million-dollar workout to transport electricity into the commercial locations of Scotland.”Clark and the crew of CBC London called once again the next day to inform us we ‘d been had