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NPR’s simple but brilliant April Fools prank on overconfident, hypocritical “readers”

Apr 4, 2014 By Abraham

NPR’s prank this past Tuesday took a creative mind to come up with, but it was so simple it probably only took about 10 minutes to execute. They simply wrote an article titled “Why Doesn’t America Read Anymore.” You may have seen it floating around Facebook.

But here’s the twist: It wasn’t a real article…

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After publishing the “article,” they posted it to Facebook

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…and the earnest comments of hundreds bemoaning the state of America’s lack of reading began pouring in, proving that these would-be saviors of the American intellect didn’t even read the article they were commenting on…

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(via Gawker)

Good times, NPR. Thank you.


  1. Carl says:

    This is beautiful. (Of course.. I was very careful to read this one a few times… to make sure I wasn’t doing the same thing)

  2. sianatas says:

    I read (ok, skimmed) an article that said that people are more likely to share articles they haven’t completely read than the ones they have read all the way through.

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