The Columbus Metropolitan Library is not building a library on a boat to swim up and down the Scioto River, no matter what it said on social media Saturday.
Several organizations in the Columbus area made shocking announcements on this April Fool’s joke that were clearly intended as jokes.
The Columbus Metropolitan Library claims they are building a boat
On Saturday morning, the Columbus Metropolitan Library posted on Facebook and Twitter:
“You asked, we answered! For years we’ve been asked, “Why doesn’t the library have a big boat full of books going up and down the river?” Today the all-new floating library is changing!”
Many social media users weren’t fooled and said they remember when the library announced on April Fool’s Day last year that it would be building a pool behind the main library.
In that 2022 post, the library wrote that it would add a waterproof book collection and have swimming areas for fiction and nonfiction.
The library also commented on their Facebook post earlier this year: “We know you’re all worried about the books should they go under. Don’t worry – we’ll use the waterproof books from the pool…”
Some Twitter users responded on Saturday that the boat was a good idea that should actually happen.
The Delaware County Sheriff’s Office jokes it’s hiring a robot
Also on Saturday morning, the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office announced in a Facebook post that it had hired a robot:
“We are pleased to announce our latest technological advancement in the Sheriff’s Office. We’ve added an artificial intelligence robot to our tool arsenal to help with police work and prison occupation. As with most organizations in the US, staffing has become an issue and adding a robot to our office will help us reduce struggles with recruitment and hiring. Although the AI robot will never be able to replace our deputies and law enforcement officers, it will be a great asset and improve staff safety. We’re excited to be at the forefront of AI.”
Adding this was an April Fool’s joke, the department said, “But seriously, we are actually hiring and looking for human applicants to fill multiple positions.”
Last year the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office joked about hiring cats for a new cat unit that would function similarly to the K9 unit, “but will be better equipped to climb, maneuver tight spaces and use their keen senses to frustrate suspects enough that they plead guilty.”
Geona Township claims the wind blew the town hall back to its old home
Genoa Township in Delaware County announced on Facebook on Saturday:
“During last night’s storm, a strong gust of wind took the old town hall and brought it back to the corner of Tussic and Big Walnut Roads, where it started out like a scene from Wizard of Oz! We called in the movers to return and help put it back on its foundations at McNamara Park. There’s no place like home. Happy April, Genoa.”
No joke: COTA is joining in to promote Fossil Fools Day
The Central Ohio Transit Authority wasn’t joking Saturday as it marked Fossil Fools Day by tweeting:
“Ride with us in an environmentally friendly way! Bus travel emits 33% LESS greenhouse gases per passenger-km than an average single-passenger vehicle @USDOT. Ride with us to support and shape a more sustainable future. #FossilFoolsDay“
Columbus Underground has a lot of shocking news
And online publication Columbus Underground was the first source today to report many unbelievable news, including the opening of a table restaurant with hot air fryers in Columbus, the opening of a rival Intel chip factory in Michigan and a zipline the company will add to several rooftop bars connect from Columbus.
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