Canal-Drainage Hoax Fools Some
April 1, 2011
CapeCodOnline: A local bird-watching columnist managed to ruffle some feathers with an April Fools’ Day spoof that claims the Cape Cod Canal would be drained today.
Mike O’Connor, who owns the Bird Watcher’s General Store in Orleans and has written “Ask The Bird Folks” column for 11 years for The Cape Codder and other Cape newspapers owned by Gatehouse Media New England, spun the tale on March 24.
It’s not out of the ordinary for newspapers to create April Fools stories. The Barnstable Patriot publishes an annual April Fools edition and the Times has its own April Fools column today on the Lifestyle page. But O’Connor’s latest yarn created a bit of confusion.
The Bourne police got a handful of sincerely concerned calls Thursday.
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