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Drilling Rig Explodes, 206 000 000 Gallons of Oil Spill Into the Ocean

04/01/2011

The thing about April Fools’ Day is that nothing surprises us anymore. We live in a historical period in which practically anything could happen and we would reflect, maybe worry a little, shrug, and move on. So in order to be successful an April Fools’ joke needs to stretch plausibility only a little.

Science fiction author Kim Stanley Robinson thinks we’re living in a science fiction novel that we all collaborate on. He points out that if we heard a person had successfully been cloned, or that we’d just made contact with aliens, it wouldn’t shock us. It would be consistent with the incredible things that occur on a regular basis.

A few years ago I read that Google and Virgin Airlines had teamed up to establish a permanent human settlement on Mars.  It was called Project Virgle, and they were accepting applicants to become one of the pioneers who made the journey. I read for ten minutes, fascinated, ready to jump on a spaceship–until I looked at the date.

April Fools!

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