WHEN it comes to taking dodgy jokes too far, we always thought our lengthy coverage of the tragic Jade Goody story would take some beating.
But we have to doff our top hat and declare: “Oh I say, well played sir” to the Editor of the Al Ghad newspaper in Jordan, this week, following an April Fools Day prank.
The paper ran a front page story claiming 10-foot tall aliens in flying saucers had landed in the country, sparking public panic that almost led to a town’s emergency evacuation.
According to the report, UFOs lit up the town of Jafr, interrupted communications and sent frightened residents pouring into the streets.
The gag didn’t go down well with Jafr’s stuffy mayor who fell hook, line and sinker for the story, leading him to send security authorities in search of the aliens.
“Students didn’t go to school, their parents were frightened and I almost evacuated the town’s 13,000 residents,” said humourless Mayor Mohammed Mleihan.