The photograph of the world's first "chickpan-zee" in the Daily Mirror newspaper Monday should have alerted most British readers that April Fools' Day was here again.
The Mirror told its readers that British wildlife experts had crossed a monkey's genes with those of a chicken to create the "chickpanzee," named Charlie. The report said the discovery had left the world of science "shell-shocked."In the photograph, a tiny monkey-like animal with what seems to be white down on the top of its head peeks out of an eggshell sitting between two staring chickens.
Travelers preparing for a trip to Britain might have been thinking about changing their plans after a Daily Mail report that Stonehenge, the ancient circle of giant stones on the Salisbury Plain, was to be moved.
The Mail said astronomers "have discovered that the sun on Midsummer's Day now rises in a position badly out of line with the mystic Heel Stone which formed the centre of religious worship in ancient times."
Needless to say the article reports "outrage" amongst conservationists over the plans to dismantle the monument and re-assemble it elsewhere, possibly in Japan.
The Mail reported a consortium of Tokyo businessmen had offered $3.46 billion for Stonehenge, saying it would "enhance Japan's status as the Land of the Rising Sun when re-sited on top of sacred Mount Fuji."
Even The Times got into the swing of things, reporting a retired seedsman from Essex in Eastern England had developed a strain of lawn grass that grows only 1 inch a year even during the warmest and wettest summers.
The Times said 73-year-old Clement Marchdone of Cutter's Green even claimed to have overcome the problem of keeping stripes in a lawn saying "when the grass starts to show, you go up and down with a roller; the grass will continue to grow in that direction forever."
The Daily Star told of a farmer who had cashed in on a European Common Market crop diversification scheme.
Ivor Binhad (try reading his name out loud) was reportedly earning the equivalent of $2,579 an hour rearing "brassica caulis pannus haedus" . . . otherwise known as the red-foliaged cabbage patch doll.