April Fools' Day: ABBA reuniting in Sweden

April 1, 2013 at 2:05 PM
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STOCKHOLM, Sweden, April 1 (UPI) -- Hoax stories circulating in the Swedish media for April Fools' Day included an ABBA reunion and lasagna found in horse food.

The arrival of April was celebrated Monday by hoax news stories including a report in regional newspaper Sydsvenskan claiming neighborhoods in Malmo were being renamed after stars competing in the Eurovision Song Contest, which will be hosted in the city in May, The Local.se reported Monday.

Radio station P4 Uppland gave false hope to fans of pop music hit makers ABBA by reporting the band was to reunite for a concert at an Uppsala airfield during the summer, and Helsingborgs Dagblad posted on online report saying investigations into strange horse behavior in the Helsingborg area led to the discovery the equines were being fed lasagna.

The Goteborgs-Posten newspaper said Gothenburg residents were being asked to help collect snails and turn them in to city officials so they could be ground up and placed on tram tracks to make the rides quieter and smoother.

The Vasterbottens-Kuriren newspaper published a report saying all dogs in Umea would be required to submit DNA profiles to the authorities so police could track owners who fail to scoop their canine's droppings.

The Sodermalm police in Stockholm got in on the April Fools' Day spirit by posting a report on Twitter that the department would be ceasing helicopter patrols in favor of cheaper and more eco-friendly hot air balloon patrols.

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