April Fools!

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San Serriffe

In 1977 the British newspaper The Guardian published a special seven-page

supplement devoted to San Serriffe, a small republic located in the Indian

Ocean consisting of several semi-colon-shaped islands. A series of articles

affectionately described the geography and culture of this obscure nation.

Its two main islands were named Upper Caisse and Lower Caisse. Its capital

was Bodoni, and its leader was General Pica. The Guardian's phones rang all

day as readers sought more information about the idyllic holiday spot. Few

noticed that everything about the island was named after printer's

terminology. The success of this hoax is widely credited with launching the

enthusiasm for April Foolery that gripped the British tabloids in subsequent


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