This is the day upon which we are reminded of what we are on the other three hundred and sixty-four. – Mark Twain
Welcome to Chief Family Officer! I’m delighted to host the Carnival of Money Stories this week. I’ve got an April Fool’s edition for you, which mixes some April Fool’s trivia and famous pranks in with the great articles that you should definitely check out.
Let’s start with a few Editor’s Picks:
Madison presents Investment Club Portfolio and Returns posted at My Dollar Plan. The investment club idea fascinates me, and I’m very impressed that Madison and her club beat their benchmark last year.
April Fool’s Day originated from the switch to the Gregorian calendar in the 1500′s, which also switched New Year’s Day from April 1 to January 1. Those who forgot the New Year’s Day switch were the first “April fools.”
Steph presents How to climb up from the bottom or 6 months in review posted at The Debt Hole.
freefrombroke presents Five Ways Fantasy Baseball is Like Personal Finance posted at Free From Broke.
BeThisWay presents Shrinking Package Sizes Screw up My Recipes posted at Are You Going To Be This Way The Rest of The Time I Know You?.
The most famous April Fool’s prank may be the Swiss Spaghetti Harvest by the BBC in 1957. The station aired a report about a bumper spaghetti harvest in southern Switzerland, complete with footage of farmers pulling spaghetti off trees. Viewers called the station to find out how they could grow their own spaghetti tree.
CREDIT & DEBT
Finance Girl presents When Did You Finally Hit Rock Bottom and Decide to Get Out of Debt For Good? posted at Finance Gets Personal.
A more recent prank occurred in 1996, when Taco Bell took out an ad in the New York Times to announce the purchase and renaming of the Liberty Bell to “Taco Liberty Bell.” When asked about the sale, White House spokesman Mike McMurry quipped that the Lincoln Memorial had also been sold and would henceforth be known as the “Ford Lincoln Memorial.”
My personal favorite prank in recent memory is Yale’s colored placard prank on Harvard, in which some clever Yale students got unsuspecting Harvard fans to hold up colored placards that spelled out “WE SUCK” at a football game.
RETIREMENT & INVESTING
GBlogger presents Success Stories: Couple Retires at Age 44 With 3 Young Kids posted at Can I Get Rich On A Salary.
The Dividend Guy presents What Music Band Nine Inch Nails Taught Me About Investing posted at The Dividend Guy Blog.
If you want to play some pranks on your family and friends today, I recommend visiting Family Fun’s April Fool’s page, where you’ll find ideas like serving a fake grilled cheese sandwich or giving your kids an allowance tax letter.
Jeremy Zongker presents 21 Ways Credit Cards can Save You Money on Your Summer Vacation posted at Credit Card Offers.
That wraps up the 53rd edition of the Carnival of Money Stories. Thanks so much to all of the contributors, and thanks especially to you for stopping by. Be sure to check out next week’s carnival, which will be hosted at Financial Blogger.