There Was Only One Decent April Fools' Day Prank Today, and This Is It

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Friends, we’ve finally made it: The hellishly wearisome event that is April Fool’s Day is basically at its end. We at io9 despise this black day, but even our curmudgeonly souls got a smile out of this “prank” by the Canadian Library and Archives, which claimed to have dug up Wolverine’s military records from its collection.


The organization announced today that it had secured the declassified journals and military records of Canada’s most famous son: James “Logan” Howlett, better known to his legion of comic book fans a X-Man Wolverine. They are, of course, fictional... unless Canada actually does have a super-soldier mutant running around. Check out the full documentation the LAC released below, as well as their brief breakdown of his military career:

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WWI: Captain in the Canadian Armed Forces (Devil’s Brigade). Fought at Ypres in 1915. Wounded by a sword through the chest.

WWII: Returned to the Devil’s Brigade in the Second World War, as an allied spy and paratrooper for the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion during the Normandy landings on D-Day. James Logan Howlett James “Logan” Howlett.

Cold War: based in Ottawa and Calgary, worked for both CSIS and the CIA.

Logan later changed his operative name to ‘Wolverine’, and worked with various NGOs.

It’s a clever, well-executed, and transparently fake gag, unlike pretty much every other fake and/or dumb “news” article that flooded the internet today, which is why we’ve chosen to highlight it. However, as good as it is, it not even close to justifying all the multitudes of pain and stupidity spewed out today. April Fool’s Day is, and always has been, the worst. That is all.

James is a News Editor at io9, where you can find him delivering your morning spoilers, writing about superheroes, and having many feelings about Star Wars. He wants pictures. Pictures of Spider-Man!


I’ve been going non-stop. Today I’ve:

1: Filled my wife’s car with balloons (she didn’t have to work until noon, otherwise I wouldn’t have done it)

2: Put electrical tape on my sister-in-law’s remote’s so she spent fifteen minutes trying to figure out why her TV wasn’t turning on

3: Rearranged every CD & DVD in the house so that every one has a different disc in it (this one will be paying off for awhile & yes, I made a list of which one is where)

4: Printed a picture of a severed head and placed it in a big ass jar of pickle juice (try it, it’s cool) which I then placed in the fridge in anticipation of my wife getting home.

I’m still waiting to see what else I can come up with, if anything.