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Fallowfield Open Observatory and Laboratory to be opened by Professor Brian Cox this morning

  • It definitely won't happen after midday!

Expecting to hear about an observatory and Brian Cox? You may want to re-read the title. Can you see it yet?

What day is it today, and what's the acronym of the facility I've described? Now you've got it!

This is obviously a fake piece and doesn't pretend to be anything else, but some of you may have been sucked in by the title.

And think, how many people got themselves wound up at fake news stories about the shapes of bananas in the run-up to the EU referendum, or any of the bizarre stories circulating Trump and Hillary without actually researching the stories or reading the fine print?

Fake news seems to spread quickly, preying upon people's emotions before common sense catches up, and we can all help to stop its propogation.

So do everyone a favour, and don't share this article!

Happy April Fool's Day!

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