The Brno Dam Is Breaking

In Brno, Czechs on April 1, 2008 by Petr Bokuvka

Several years ago the MFD daily had a front page story about cracks in the Brno Dam as a result of which the dam is days from breaking. The daily even provided details as to how far water would reach. It made some families evacuate.

Yes, it was on April 1.

I even did a news story about this hoax for a certain foreign television station. It included some vox populi from the general public. Among them some middle-aged individuals who seemed to have given up their ability to think and to retain sound judgement. They were mad at the paper. It was back then when the media pond was a little calmer than it is today and the principle It was in the paper so it must be true was a more frequent thing… Emergency operators received hundreds of calls from citizens.

If there is anything many people in country can not do is put two and two together. In many MANY ways.

They will complain about politics over jugs of beer in pubs, they would even yell some of the I would show ’em. But they will never get off their lazy asses and run for an office.

They will complain about the lack of parking spots in downtown Brno, but they will never forget to leave their car at home even when it comes to a three-stop ride there and back.

They will complain about dirty streets but they will never take the extra step that nobody makes them to take – and recycle.

I think people who behave in a similar way do deserve a news story about a dam breaking…

Let’s see what the media are going to come up with today…

Anything interesting shall be translated and linked here…

::UPDATE:: My former colleagues from the Brno Daily have a funny April Fool’s story about the controversial building of the National Library that is to be built in Prague. There are big fights going on in Prague so there were suggestions to move the building to Brno. The “blob” will be built in Brno, the article says…

And this Slovak guy decided to send an SMS to 15 friends and ex-girlfriends saying Hey, I just became a father, she is 50 cm and 3.9 kg. That sounded like a good idea to me but then I realized that over the last three months I have spoken with to all of the 250 people I have in my cell phone so the joke would not work.


One Response to “The Brno Dam Is Breaking”

  1. Dear Friends, Happy April Fool’s Day!

    A guy from Georgia enrolled at Harvard and on his first day he was walking across the campus and asked an upperclassman (drawling heavily),”Excuse me, can you tell me where the library is at?”
    The upperclassman responded, “At Harvard we do not end sentences with prepositions.”
    The Georgian then replied, “Well then, could you tell me where the library is at, asshole?”

    Happy April Fool’s Day!

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