Note to self: next April 1st, set alarm for 6.55am rather than customary 7.30am. This way, I might manage to miss stories like this one in the Guardian, which, post the midday GMT jokes-cutoff-time, conveniently lists all the April Fools jokes I was going to have 12 seconds of fun trying to spot in the Sun, Telegraph, Metro and so on.

They also helpfully list the one about 3D radio on the Today programme, if I hadn’t stopped listening to that within seconds of arriving in the States. Once upon a time, I was addicted to the Today programme. Very effective way to jolt yourself out of sleep, the public school-hazing-induced fury of John Humphrys. These days, I get the cheery Soterios Johnson, who I can contentedly doze with for an hour until my radio switches itself off.

Problem is, the British media just really goes for this April Fools stuff in a way that the American print media is far too serious for. The New York Times, for instance, turns up a terribly serious blog about the history of the phenom, rather than any actual pranks. Those talking babies would be an obvious one, if that meme hadn’t reached saturation point yesterday.

Leave it to the modern news media moguls to sort me out: YouTube’s top viral videos of 1911 and Google’s double effort. (LinkedIn’s effort, an email suggesting you might want to be friends with Robin Hood, ‘activist and chief fundraiser at Nottingham’, was just painful.) If any of the old media turn out to have come through so brilliantly that I couldn’t spot them, I’ll post an update. And of course, feel free to correct me.

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