As is the case every year, not everyone thought our annual April Fool's feature, which published last week, was funny. We expect that. What we didn't expect this year was the deeply emotional response from some readers who felt as though they were victims of our joke.
Over the last week, I've been called a handful of names and been saddled with a list of unflattering adjectives. Readers have threatened to sic attorneys and other media outlets' reporters on Boise Weekly. Some people are ashamed of us, others have called us brilliant. According to my tally, we're running about even on those numbers.
For the record, the Chicago and West Virginia cases cited in "Dead Men Moving" were not fiction. Nor is the fact that in North Carolina, eight graves on the outer edges of a cemetery are being moved to accommodate a highway widening funded by stimulus money. In fact, grave relocation is almost so common that I doubted whether we could pull it off as an April Fool's story.
Most of those readers who were offended have sworn never to read Boise Weekly again. Some were offended because they were duped, and those who were duped were mostly irate over development issues. Some were offended by the mere thought of grave relocation. To you, I'd recommend rechanneling your anger toward the City of Chicago or mining companies in West Virginia. However, to the readers with loved ones buried in Morris Hill or Pioneer cemeteries who felt victimized by our prank, we apologize.
One final note to all readers, particularly to those readers who just don't like our tradition: Each year, Boise Weekly publishes a semi-plausible April Fool's Day feature. If you don't like it, don't pick up the paper that week. Next year's April Fool's issue publishes Wednesday, March 30. Consider yourself forewarned.