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AidWatch: UN revealed as a hoax

Yes, it’s April’s Fools Day.

One of my Twittering associates already fell for one prank (at least, I hope and presume it is …): An announcement by Malaria No More that they just realized their name was non-grammatical and so have changed it to Movement Against Malaria Alliance (MAMA).

Others in the blogosphere say they are getting so many misleading statements and false alarms that they have decided to stop paying attention to Twitter until April Fools Day is over.

But one “report” worth reading before you tire of the jokes is AidWatch’s announcement today that the United Nations has been, for 66 years now, a colossal hoax. An excerpt and diagrammatic proof:

“I can’t believe it lasted this long,” said “US Ambassador to the UN” Susan Rice, laughing, “Who would really believe that there is this magical agency that would, like, be responsible for solving all the problems in the whole world?  That nobody else can solve? Or even wants to?”

“I really thought it would come out when that prankster Ban Ki Moon put Libya on the “reformed” Human Rights Council in 2010,” said Rice, “after there was a backlash against Libya CHAIRING the old Human Rights Commission. Who would fall for that?”

The hoax, illustrated:

The UN hoax flow chart


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Tom Paulson

Tom Paulson is founder and lead journalist at Humanosphere. Prior to operating this online news site, he reported on science,  medicine, health policy, aid and development for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Contact him at tom[at] or follow him on Twitter @tompaulson.