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April 2nd Started 1 Day Early - April 1st 2007

Following an ancient miscalculation in the frequency at which leap years should occur, chronologists have successfully lobbied the UN to skip forward one day in the 2007 calendar to bring the earth back in line with the true day it should currently be on.

“It was quite a basic error really,” Professor Chuck Hankman from Harvard University explained, “It was all down to the fact that Newton's Laws of Motion do not work on a large, interplanetary scale. In the 1799 they calculated that 1800 should have been a leap year, where in fact we know today that the only centuries which are leap years are the ones divisible by 400. We had been blissfully unaware that the world had observed a leap year in 1800 until historians found a diary entry by Napoleon Bonaparte stating he fancied a trip to Rome.”

The decision to reverse this ancient historical mistake has met with a great deal of criticism, mostly due to the fact it has not been widely reported, and that the 2007 calendars were printed with April 1st still on them, before historians had discovered the mistake.

“This is crazy,” Keith Wilson, a hotel owner from London commented, “I had no idea that today was April 2nd so I now have a bunch of rooms that have been double booked. Whilst most of my guests were also were as ignorant as me to the changes – I have had a bunch of know-it-all Internet geeks turn up with April 2nd bookings threatening to sue me if I don't provide them with a room.”

When asked why the changes to the calendar could not have waited until 2008 when the public could have been properly informed, Professor Hankman was frank with his response:

“For over 200 years the world has been continuing the legacy of a foolish mistake. Yes, we could have waited until 2008 and corrected the calendar then, but then we would have extended our gullibility by another year. So, whilst is may have been easier to have corrected the calendar next year – it was less damaging for mankind to stop being fools today.”

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