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Happy April Fools’ Day!

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April-1by Jennifer Zaino

Today we celebrate April Fool’s Day. And what better way to do it than to leverage semantic resources to find some interesting facts about the holiday and a few ideas for things to do today, too?

Just like these:

What to Watch:

The April Fools: a late 60’s romantic comedy starring Jack Lemmon and Catherine Deneuve

April Fool’s Day: called a “gory, darkly comic cult favorite” from the late ‘80s.

April Fools: The day belongs to the slasher flicks, this one centering on the accidental killing of a teen, its coverup, and subsequent murders of those responsible for the original incident.

What To Listen To:

Sounds of Silence: The Simon & Garfunkel release includes the song, April Come She Will. And after this winter, that’s something a lot of people will be very happy to hear.

Road Trips. Volume 4, #2: This Grateful Dead album, subtitled April Fools ’88,  was recorded on March 31 and April 1 in 1988, and features songs including Not Fade Away and Knockin on Heaven’s Door.

April Wherever You Want It To Be: Paris, Portugal, Cuba – you name the place and you’re like to find a song that ties it to the month.

What to Read:

Here’s some of the books trending as of late March (close enough!) on Twitter, from the inspirational to the academic to the racy:

The Promise of a Pencil: How an Ordinary Person Can Create Extraordinary Change

Beowulf: A Translation and Commentary

Rusty  Nailed (The Cocktail Series)

Notable Deliveries:

Happy Birthday to:

Debbie Reynolds, 82

Rudolph Isley of the Isley Brothers, 73

Ali McGraw, 75

Lon Chaney, who passed in 1930 at age 47

Otto von Bismarck, who shuffled off this mortal coil in 1898 at age 83

And, of course, let’s not forget former reality star, Jon Gosselin, who turns 37 today.

No Joke: Memorable Events of April Fool’s Days Past:

The April Fool’s Day Blizzard: In 1997 the Northeastern United States experienced a major winter storm, with some states in the area experiencing as much as three feet of snow and hundreds of thousands of people left without power.

The Aleutian Islands earthquake: In 1946 a magnitude 8.1 earthquake followed by a Pacific-wide tsunami caused large-scale destruction — $over $26 million in damages and 165 casualties, including the deaths of five lighthouse keepers at the Scotch Cap Lighthouse on Unimak Island, which was obliterated.

About the author

Jennifer Zaino is a New York-based freelance writer specializing in business and technology journalism. She has been an executive editor at leading technology publications, including InformationWeek, where she spearheaded an award-winning news section, and Network Computing, where she helped develop online content strategies including review exclusives and analyst reports. Her freelance credentials include being a regular contributor of original content to The Semantic Web Blog; acting as a contributing writer to RFID Journal; and serving as executive editor at the Smart Architect Smart Enterprise Exchange group. Her work also has appeared in publications and on web sites including EdTech (K-12 and Higher Ed), Ingram Micro Channel Advisor, The CMO Site, and Federal Computer Week.

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