THE LEGAL NAVIGATOR APRIL 2019
THE LIFEANDTIMESOF GEORGE P. BURDELL
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CELEBRATE EVERY DAY WITH THESE ODD APRIL HOLIDAYS 1. International Fun at Work Day 2. Reconciliation Day 3. Don’t Go to Work Unless It’s Fun Day 4. Tell a Lie Day 5. National Dandelion Day 6. New Beer’s Eve 7. No Housework Day 8. Draw a Picture of a Bird Day 9. Name Yourself Day 10. National Siblings Day 13. International Plant Appreciation Day 14. International Moment of Laughter 15. Titanic Remembrance Day 16. National Stress Awareness Day 17. Blah, Blah, Blah Day 18. Newspaper Columnists Day 19. National Garlic Day 20. Volunteer Recognition Day 21. Kindergarten Day 22. Dyngus Day 23. Take a Chance Day 24. Pig in a Blanket Day 25. World Penguin Day, No-Brainer Day 26. National Pretzel Day 27. Tell a Story Day 11. Barbershop Quartet Day 12. Walk on Your Wild Side Day
One of theMost Elaborate Pranks inHistory
Whether April Fools’ Day is a time-honored western tradition or a tired, unfunny festival of eyerolls depends on who you ask. Ask the mom who just got blasted with water via the old “rubber band on the sink sprayer” trick, and you’ll probably find the latter. But ask the kid who planted the trap, and you’ll get a hearty, cackling endorsement. Even if you’re sick of watching your back on April Fools’ Day and tired of the corporate cash grabs masquerading as (mostly) bad jokes that pop up like clockwork every year, you still have to give it up for the classics. Even the most bitter among us must admit that some pranks are so clever, elaborate, and inspired that they deserve their place in the annals of history. The name “George P. Burdell”will certainly reverberate through the hall of hoaxes for decades to come. George Comes to Life Never make a clerical error with a young student who has too much time on his hands. In 1927, when William Edgar Smith was mistakenly sent a second enrollment form for the Georgia Institute of Technology, he had an idea. Combining the name of his then-principal, George P. Butler, with Burdell, the maiden name of his best friend’s mother, he enrolled the fictitious George P. Burdell in the prestigious university. Next, Smith signed Burdell up for all his same classes and, for the next four years, completed every bit of his schoolwork twice — once under his own name and once under Burdell’s, changing a few details here and there and varying his handwriting slightly so as not to raise suspicion.
28. International Astronomy Day 29. National Shrimp Scampi Day 30. Hairstyle Appreciation Day
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