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April Fool's hoaxes abound in Swedish media

Published fredag 1 april 2016 kl 14.00
An April Fools prank from 1950 in Sweden about a flying street car line. Photo: Pressens Bild
An April Fools prank from 1950 in Sweden about a flying street car line. Photo: Pressens Bild

A royal baby named after a rock band? A firetruck's sirens playing an ice cream truck jingle? A breakfast cereal made entirely from wood chips? Swedish media has a tradition of sneaking in fake stories on April Fools' Day and this year proved to be no different.

In Gothenburg, the city's main newspaper Göteborgs Posten wrote a fictitious story about how municipal officials promised to ease the area's housing shortage by building skyscrapers in a beloved downtown park.

Just about an hour north from there in Trollhättan municipality, local paper TTELA writes that the city is trying to be more environmentally friendly by switching all traffic in the city center from automobiles to horse and buggies.

Up in west-central Värmland county, newspaper Värmlands Folkblad claims researchers working with a sawmill and a local grocery have solved world hunger by creating a new digestible cereal made from wood chips. Extreme Fiber Flakes, it writes, comes from the area's ample supply of leftover spruce and pine chips.

On their website, women's magazine Svensk Damtidning reports that Prince Daniel will celebrate his favorite Swedish rock band Kent by adding the name to his infant son. "He will be called Oscar Carl Olof Kent," the magazine writes.

And in southeastern Sweden, Västerviks-Tidningen newspaper claimed the municipality's fire truck went in for service and came out with their sirens playing the well-known melody from Sweden's ice cream trucks. One firefighter called the mix-up "extremely embarrassing."

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