Chalk one up for those who check the calendar: A Wisconsin newspaper reported this week that Disney would buy a beloved state biking trail and fill it with arcade games, piped-in music, motorbike paths, and kid-friendly miniature trains. Public outcry over the County Line article was so intense that editors buckled yesterday and admitted it was an April Fools' prank. “Oh my God, this thing just boomeranged all over the state,” County Line editor Karen Parker told JimRomesko.com.
"Magnum Radio has 12 stations and they all read the story as a regular news story," she chuckled. The Department of Natural Resources "was not happy. They were getting all kinds of calls from people.” The article had quoted a DNR official as saying "people are no longer content with a quiet experience in nature. In truth, they probably never were. We want, even crave, endless noise and stimulation." The article's warning of "Lirpa Loof"—April Fool spelled backward—seemingly went unnoticed by most readers. (Read more bike trail stories.)