April Fool pranks
Right to fair herring In a nod to Donald Trump’s Mexico border wall plans, Denmark said it would build a fence in the North Sea to protect its herrings after Brexit—and make Britain pay for it. “The new fence will prevent young herring from migrating out of Danish territory. No Dane should miss out on herring that should rightfully be considered ours,” fisheries minister Eva Kjer Hansen said in a statement. “The Brits created this problem, and I am going to make them pay for the fence.” Blow to British stoners In another Brexit blow, a spoof Dutch report said British tourists would be banned from buying cannabis at Amsterdam coffee shops once Britain leaves the European Union. The expat website DutchNews.nl quoted a “spokesman” named Wiett Pot as saying cafes may go bust because of the new rules. “This will have a blowback throughout the weed industry,” he said. Ban chocolate rabbits? Swiss daily Le Matin reported that vegans wanted to ban chocolate bunnies at Easter. The newspaper said on its website that a petition launched last week by an anonymous “collective” had so far garnered 80 signatures. “At Easter, shelves buckle under the weight of chocolate rabbits, eggs, chicken and chicks,” the petition supposedly read. “This impresses the appalling idea on children that it’s normal and even desirable to exploit and eat animals.”
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