In a landmark agreement reached between the American Association for Justice (formerly the American Trial Lawyers Association) and the American College of Emergency Physicians, all malpractice litigation involving emergency physicians will cease as of May 1, 2007. Leaders from both groups declared the agreement a victory. “They [the attorneys] finally realized that all we really want is to treat injured and dying patients without worrying that we will have to spend our retirement years in a Salvation Army Shelter,” said ACEP President Brian Keaton. The attorney group voiced positive comments as well, saying that they believe the greater good of society is more important than money.
I had you going there for a minute, didn’t I?
Here are some of my favorite historical April Fool pranks:
1998 – Burger King announces the advent of the left-handed Whopper.
1996 – Taco Bell announces that they have purchased the Liberty Bell, and that it will be renamed the “Taco Bell Liberty Bell” and left on display in Philadelphia.
2004 – BMW states that the newest models will have “Instant Messaging” capability. Using Reactive User Sound Electronics (RUSE) a driver’s words will be displayed in reverse on the windshield, allowing the car ahead to read them in the mirror.
2003 – South Korean websites report that Bill Gates has been assassinated. The Korean stock market drops 1.5% in response to the hoax.
April 1, 1976 – Apple Computer is founded. (This one is real. Read into it whatever you like.)
1978 – The Signetics Corp advertises and promotes Write Only Memory. (Think about it.)
And…….for those of you that want to impress your children with your knowledge of popular culture………..The Weasley twins, Fred and George, celebrate their birthday on April 1st.
For those of you who don’t get it…………It’s a reference to the Harry Potter books, and please don’t use it to impress your children because they probably know better.
Have a happy April Fools’ Day!