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"Quick Takes" Continued...

Issue: "Profiles in effective compassion," April 24, 2010

April aliens

Residents of Jafr, Jordan, took an April Fool's Day joke very seriously. The Al Ghad newspaper on April 1 reported that UFOs carrying 10-foot-tall aliens had landed near the town. "Students didn't go to school, their parents were frightened, and I almost evacuated the town's 13,000 residents," Jafr Mayor Mohammed Mleihan told the Associated Press. "People were scared that aliens would attack them." Mleihan, who reportedly sent security personnel out to search for the aliens, now says he may sue the paper. Moussa Barhoumeh, the paper's managing editor, said the joke was never intended to go so far: "We meant to entertain, not scare people."

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