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Moving the Eiffel Tower

Have you heard the news? The French government has decided to dismantle the Eiffel Tower. They will take down the famous monument piece by piece and move it to a new location in France every five years. This is part of a 25-year economic stimulus plan to let other regions of France benefit from having the Eiffel Tower in their backyard. The first stop for the traveling Eiffel Tower will be EuroDisney.

April Fools! If the story sounds familiar, it's because in 1986, the French newspaper, Le Parisien, stunned French citizens with this very April Fools' Day joke. It reported that an agreement had been signed to dismantle the Eiffel Tower and reconstruct the international symbol of French culture in the new Euro Disney theme park which, at the time, was under construction (much to the dismay of many French people!) east of Paris. This "faux" newspaper article reported that in the space where the Tower used to stand, a 35,000 seat stadium would be built for use during the 1992 Olympic Games.

As you may already know, I'm a huge fan of April Fools' jokes. Last year, I told you about one of my all-time favorites that I pulled off in Paris. Pascal was my victim that year, but this year, I'm working on a new joke for a different target. I'll tell you about it soon. Meanwhile, check out the Top 100 April Fool's Day hoaxes. From the Taco Liberty Bell to spaghetti growing on trees in Switzerland to the Great Comics Switcheroonie, the masterminds behind these brilliant jokes are my April Fools' Day heroes.

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