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    These wisecracks earned some laughs on April Fools’ Day

    The Los Angeles Times had fun poking at New York’s restaurant scene.
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    The Los Angeles Times had fun poking at New York’s restaurant scene.

    This writer must admit: He’s really not a big fan of April Fools’ Day.

    Maybe it was because of some of the (relatively speaking) traumatic experiences he had as a kid. The Easter Bunny prank really hit home, mom. He’s also not creative enough to pull off some of the gags that were put out there Monday.

    Yes, it’s that time of year again, another sign of spring — perhaps not as appreciated as baseball’s opening day or the year’s first beach day, but it’s there.


    We look at some of the more interesting ruses out there. (Tom Brady’s arrival on Twitter isn’t among them.)

    There’s a snake on the screen!

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    For xennials like me, seeking Snake pop up on Google Maps is a great moment. (It was a fixture of Nokia’s T9 phones, back in the 1G days when it took 45 seconds to compose a text.) There are plenty of Snake apps out there, but the nostalgia is strong here.

    You have a choice of wandering through different cities or just across the globe; the object is to pick up as many passengers as possible, and there are special bonus items (for instance, the Eiffel Tower in Paris).

    It’s available on the iOS and Android platforms, but if you’re chained to the desk click here to access it.

    It’s not the first time Google has created a version of Snake.


    I spent about five minutes playing before I remembered that I have to work, but don’t tell my boss.

    New York, new restaurants?

    The City of Angels has a burgeoning dining and cultural scene, or so The New York Times claimed in travel and business pieces over the years.

    But to Los Angeles residents, some of the Times coverage was tone deaf and cliched.

    The Los Angeles Times decided April 1, 2019, was the day to return fire.

    “A weekend spent in the ‘city so nice they named it twice’ leads this writer to recommend, rightly or wrongly, that food enthusiasts consider paying a visit to New York (The Big Apple in local jargon),” wrote food critic Lucas Kwan Peterson.

    Not the only (dog) show in town


    Tennis’s US Open is giving the Westminster Dog Show a run for its money.

    No breed snobbery here, US Tennis Association officials say; all are welcome.

    Dunk this

    Dunkin’ is Boston, so we have to at least mention this.

    Go now, please

    Ah, the far-reaching ramifications of Brexit.

    The Eurovision Song Contest is considered that continent’s “American Idol.” Like “Idol,” it has its fans and detractors.

    Britain has had five winners, but it may not have any more, according to The Daily Express.

    The replies to that tweet were overwhelmingly positive. “I always knew something good would come of Brexit,” read one tweet.

    ‘Say goodbye to height fishing’

    Tinder’s height-verification tool isn’t real, after all.

    But oh, if it were.

    “It’s come to our attention that most of you 5’10ers out there are actually 5’6. The charade must stop,” Tinder posted on its blog.

    “This type of dishonestly doesn’t just hurt your matches — it hurts us, too.”

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    Consider this a brief look at what’s out there. Are we missing any? Drop me a line:

    Sean Smyth can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @smythsays.