“Jordanian mayor Mohammed Mleihan has taken a dim view of local newspaper Al-Ghad’s April Fools prank, which saw a front page story claiming that ‘flying saucers flown by 3m (10ft) creatures had landed in the desert town of Jafr.’ The paper claimed that communication networks had gone down, and people were fleeing the area. The mayor called the local security authorities, who combed the area, but they were unable to find any evidence of the aliens. Mr Mleihan is now considering suing because of the distress it caused to residents: ‘Students didn’t go to school, their parents were frightened and I almost evacuated the town’s 13,000 residents. People were scared that aliens would attack them.’”
Oh gullible people are such fun, aren’t they?
Don’t think he could really, successfully sue them, though? I mean - did mr mayor phone the newspaper to verify the story before he got his knickers in a twist? Surely the paper can’t be held responsible for the fact that the guy clearly freaks out WAY too easily?