April Fools’ Day Cancelled by Coronavirus
April Fools’ Day is one of our absolute favorite holidays of the year. It’s the one time we get to embrace “fake news” and pretend that we write for The Onion for just one day. But this year we’ve opted to forgo our tradition due to the serious and destructive effects of the Coronavirus Pandemic.
Like many people around the world, our staff has been working from home for several weeks. Our reporters are writing mostly dire news about virus-related developments as it shuts down events, businesses, arts venues and other things that we’d all rather be enjoying this Spring. Many people have lost their jobs. Many people are getting sick. And a handful of fatalities have already occurred in Central Ohio, with experts projecting that the worst still lies ahead.
Laughter can be a great medicine, but it’s tough to be silly at a time when so many people are struggling. If you’re truly in the mood for something more light hearted, we invite you to check out the April Fools Day archives here on CU and revisit some of our favorites, including:
- City of Columbus Contracts Bird Scooters to Replace Vehicle Fleet
- New Microbrewery Launching in Longaberger Building
- City Hall Relocating to Franklinton
- New Mixed-Use Development Proposed for White Castle Site in Short North (Which sort of came true)
- Portlandia Spin-Off Series to Feature Columbus (with video!)
And if you’re looking for something a bit more serious and grounded today, there are ways you can get involved in your community and give back. You can donate to The Columbus Foundation’s Emergency Response Fund, or you can donate blood, food or other items in need. And of course, if you’d like to show your support for local journalism at Columbus Underground, you can purchase t-shirts and coffee mugs or make a contribution here.
We’re all in this together.
(Plus, we can always save our good joke-story ideas for April 1, 2021. And hopefully you’ll have forgotten about this warning by then.)