Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Kittens for freshmen and other local April Fools’ Day pranks

Posted By on Tue, Apr 1, 2014 at 1:10 PM

It’s once again that day when the Internet spins out of control with the outlandish and the zany, all in the name of April Fools’ Day. Other media outlets are keeping track of the full list of this year’s pranks — from political parties switching colors to Kale Cream Pie milkshakes — but we’ve got you covered for the funniest local ones we’ve seen.

One-Way Centennial Trail

Friends of the Centennial Trail alarmed some local running groups when they announced this morning that, in an effort to relieve congestion, the trail will operate in only one direction.

We are making every effort to reduce congestion and prevent accidents on the Centennial Trail. We have been working hard with our North Idaho Centennial Trail Foundation partners, and we are proud to announce Phase One of the new plan. Starting immediately, the Centennial Trail will be a ONE WAY trail. For the remainder of 2014, the traffic will flow east to west. In 2015, the Centennial Trail will reverse flow and runners and bikers can travel west to east. Thanks for your cooperation.

Emergency Alternative Medicine Response

The Spokane Fire Department announced it has placed an Alternative Medicine Unit in service to provide services such as meditation, astrology and palm readings. Responses ranged from those bemoaning the takeover of the “bleeding hearts” to those asking whether acupuncture is also provided.

Spokane Fire Department

Dry Fly “Weedka”

Dry Fly Distilling announced a new locally sourced marijuana-infused vodka, the first to ever be approved by the state Liquor Control Board.

Sources of the infused Cannabis will be from local producers, this keeping in Dry Fly’s goal to remain 100% Washington sourced. Dry Fly will include such notable types of marijuana such as Wa-Red, Puget Sound Punk, and Cascade Comatose.

But in these days of marijuana firsts, who’s to know this couldn’t be plausible? The tipoff in Dry Fly’s announcement was the price: $350 per bottle. (Some responses suggested that $420 would be a more appropriate price, and that “potka” would be a better name.)

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University of Idaho

Kittens for Freshmen

On an April Fools’ Day not short on cat-related pranks, the University of Idaho’s stands out as particularly awwww-worthy. On the first day this fall, each incoming freshman will receive a kitten as part of the new Feline-Undergraduate Relationship for Retention Initiative, or FURRI.

"We have programs in place to ease the transition into university life, and the FURRI program provides a strong — and uniquely cute — complement to those programs,” new university president Chuck Staben says in the news release.

Of course, they’re just not as cute once they’re sophomores. But seriously, awww.

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Lisa Waananen is the web editor and a staff writer at the Inlander. She specializes in data and graphics, and her recent cover stories have been about family history, the legacy of Spokane photographer Charles A. Libby and genetically modified food...