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Killer Whale Story: Happy April Fools’ Day!

Many of you probably already guessed: The story we ran yesterday entitled “Killer Whale Terrorizes Reykjavík Residents” was an April Fools’ Day joke—a long-standing tradition of the Icelandic media which Iceland Review first participated in two years back.


The Reykjavík Pond is peaceful as always, although the surroundings are not quite as summery yet. Photo by Eygló Svala Arnarsdóttir.

There was neither a sea monster nor a false killer whale in the Reykjavík Pond and, as far as we know, all the ducks, geese and swans that inhabit the pond are in good health.

The best April Fools’ Day gags are when people are persuaded to hlaupa apríl as we say here in Iceland; to “make an April run” and head off to a certain location—and this was the first time we tried that out.

If any of you readers were fooled (and aren’t too angry about it), we’d love to hear from you.

Email: [email protected] and include the subject line Letters/Comments, your name, hometown and country if you’d like to share your comment with other readers.

Click here and here to read our last two April Fools’ Day stories.

P.S. The P.S. in Páll Stefánsson’s column on Thursday was a joke too—he couldn’t resist as he was the architect of the last two gags even though his column didn’t fall upon April 1 this year.

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