Le Poisson D’Avril

The “Fish of April”, perhaps better known as April Fool’s Day, brings a welcome change from some of the more depressing news. Who wouldn’t prefer a video of the Swiss spaghetti harvest to one of the Tsunami wiping out a whole town? A higher quality version of the film clip is this one (click) which has disabled embedding.


“On April Fools Day in 1957 “Panorama”, a news show on BBC aired footage of Swiss “Spaghetti Farmers” picking spaghetti from trees. The fake footage was aired as a joke, but viewers called in to find out how they could grow their own spaghetti trees. Instead of coming clean, the BBC cheekily replied, “place a sprig of spaghetti in a tin of tomato sauce and hope for the best (www.huffingtonpost.com).”

I remember watching this on TV at my Uncle Rudy and Aunt Bernice’s house. I would have only been three years old when it was originally shown, so it must have been a repeat years later. The original spaghetti harvest hoax was followed up by the Australian spaghetti worm story.


This of course, explains the origins of the Kansas Spaghetti Monster. After all, Kansas is an agricultural state. (Please note – this is not MY invention, nor did I quote the entire letter.)

Open Letter To Kansas School Board

I am writing you with much concern after having read of your hearing to decide whether the alternative theory of Intelligent Design should be taught along with the theory of Evolution. I think we can all agree that it is important for students to hear multiple viewpoints so they can choose for themselves the theory that makes the most sense to them. I am concerned, however, that students will only hear one theory of Intelligent Design.

Let us remember that there are multiple theories of Intelligent Design. I and many others around the world are of the strong belief that the universe was created by a Flying Spaghetti Monster. It was He who created all that we see and all that we feel. We feel strongly that the overwhelming scientific evidence pointing towards evolutionary processes is nothing but a coincidence, put in place by Him.

It is for this reason that I’m writing you today, to formally request that this alternative theory be taught in your schools, along with the other two theories. In fact, I will go so far as to say, if you do not agree to do this, we will be forced to proceed with legal action. I’m sure you see where we are coming from. If the Intelligent Design theory is not based on faith, but instead another scientific theory, as is claimed, then you must also allow our theory to be taught, as it is also based on science, not on faith. (there’s more here)

Though the Kansas Flying Spaghetti Monster was not conceived as an April Fool’s hoax, Dave did think the connection warranted your attention… Somewhat in the same line, I believe, is this TED talk explaining some pretty scary connections between people and events – all occurring at 4 A.M.!!!

Enough already… No need to be a “Fish of April”, just enjoy the creativity expended around the world for your benefit today!


I’m actually feeling pretty good these days. I’m back on chemo, Doxil this time. A second-line chemo whose side effects nearly outweigh the benefits – at a ratio of .95:1. I’ve had one treatment, next time I’m going to try cooling my feet and hands to prevent the development of hand/foot syndrome, a particularly nasty side effect that leads to pain, swelling, cracking and peeling of skin, especially on the palms of the hands and soles of the feet. For the first five days after infusion, one should avoid anything that puts friction, heat or pressure on the skin (including typing).

Besides using Kathleen’s grain bags to cool my hands/feet, I’ve also convinced my doctor to prescribe a statin so that I can duplicate a clinical trial that hopes to lessen the cardio-toxicity and the development of resistance to Doxil, while increasing its efficacy at the same time. I’ll let you know how it works…

Wonderful doctor, wonderful nurse

The doctor removed my intra-peritoneal catheter on Monday. Looks kinda gross… In the meantime, between getting back on chemo and starting morphine, my pain is pretty well under control. In fact, I haven’t taken any yet today! As it gets warmer, more sunny days and less pain, I’m feeling a lot more hopeful.

Thank you for your continued prayers on our behalf. Dave is applying for teaching jobs (few and far between) for next year. In the meantime, he’s doing some tutoring, substitute teaching and small home repair jobs. Our chicks are big enough to move out of the basement and into the garden, he’s got some stuff planted in the garden and other seeds sprouting in the basement under a grow light – if he can just keep the cat from diggin’ in the dirt…

No foolin’

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4 Responses to Le Poisson D’Avril

  1. Rev.J.Bali Shepherd says:

    Dear Cookie, We love you very much, This time when you came we could not get much fellowship with you, We really wanted to have fellowship with you, then in same time we heard that you left for home due to your sickness, We really felt sad,
    We all are praying for you here, that may the dear lord heal you.

    With Love and Blessings
    Bali and Premla Shepherd

    • cookie says:

      Dear Rev. Bali and Premla,

      What a pleasure to hear from you. I know we left very abruptly, making the decision/sorting/packing/flying all in just one and a half weeks. Not much time to say goodbye! It was also a time when I was not feeling very well physically. We have been on the receiving end of so much love, prayer and generosity, we can only say that – even in this horrible illness – we experience our Heavenly Father’s goodness – mediated to us through many, many wonderful people here on earth. Thank you for your continuing love and prayers for us, we also pray for God’s love to be shown through your ministry as well.

      Bless you both!

  2. Caprice Becker says:

    Thanks for the April Fool’s humor. We have some friends that had a Noodly Spaghetti Monster bumper sticker for awhile!

    On another note, good luck on the statins, Doxil and morphine. No selling any of that, now.

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