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April 2019 E-Newsletter
April Fools’ Memorable Pranks:
In the early 1950s BBC ran a "news" item about the spaghetti harvest in Switzerland.
In 1985 Sports Illustrated ran a 14-page story by George Plimpton about a Mets pitching phenom named Sidd Finch. The reclusive, skinny Finch had a 168-mph fastball (which he credited to meditations in Tibet) and a host of quirks including carrying a French horn at all times and wearing only one hiking boot while pitching.
Since 1986 press releases for the [non-existent] New York City April Fools' Day Parade have been issued every year.
In 1996 Taco Bell Corp. ran a full-page ad in several major newspapers claiming it had purchased the Liberty Bell and renamed it the "Taco Liberty Bell."
In 2004 the National Public Radio show "All Things Considered" ran a story about the post offices' new "portable zip codes" program. Based on people being able to keep their phone number even if they moved, the program was designed to represent "a citizen's place in the demographic, rather than geographic, landscape."
In 2008 the BBC ran a video clip of flying penguins as part of a story for its series "Miracles of Evolution." The presenter explained that the penguins escaped the cold, harsh Antarctic weather by flying to the tropical rainforests of South America.
In 2013 the Guardian announced the launch of its own augmented reality device, Guardian Goggles, which would "beam its journalism directly into the wearer's visual field, enabling users to see the world through the Guardian's eyes at all times."
In 2016 Google introduced "Mic Drop," a Gmail feature that enabled users to send emails with an animated gif depicting a minion dropping a microphone. The prank went awry when people accidentally click on the button and unwittingly sent business emails with the whimsical animation. The feature was removed after several hours of confusion.
Thanks to your referrals...
We've donated $170 to Austin Partners In Education! APIE has been the charity for our referral program January through March. For more information about all the great things APIE does for the AISD’s most at-risk students, visit www.austinpartners.org.
Charity of the Quarter: Austin Disaster Relief Network
As we move into storm season, we will be donating $10 for every referral we receive this quarter to Austin Disaster Relief Network. ADRN provides relief to those affected by disasters big and small.
2019 Customer Satisfaction Survey
We are collecting feedback on your experience with Dowd Insurance, so we can continue to improve our practices and ensure we are meeting your customer service expectations. This survey is short and sweet, and it will take less than 2 minutes to complete. Survey submissions are completely anonymous. Thank you in advance for your participation! We value your input and appreciate your time to complete the survey.
Client Spotlight: Nielsen Family Law
Liz Nielsen and the Nielsen Law team help families find peace of mind by planning for the unexpected. As a wife, mother, and business owner, Liz understands how overwhelming an estate plan can feel. As an attorney, she knows just how important it is to have that plan in place. Liz practices exclusively in the areas of estate planning, special needs planning, and probate. If you don’t have an estate plan or you need to have your existing plan updated, check out Nielsen Law at www.estateplanatx.com.
When Liz isn’t practicing law or spending time with her family, she enjoys supporting AGE of Central Texas (www.ageofcentraltx.org), an Austin nonprofit that tackles the challenges of aging with expert solutions, and the Community First Village, a development of Mobile Loaves & Fishes that provides affordable, permanent housing and a supportive community for men and women coming out of chronic homelessness.
Clean Up Household HAZMAT
Cedar Park is holding their annual FREE household hazardous waste clean up day on Saturday, April 27th from 10 AM – 2 PM. Bring any hazardous waste items to the Gupton Stadium parking lot at the corner of E. Park Street and Gupton Way for free disposal. Check out the website for a list of accepted items as well as prohibited items.
Keep Austin Beautiful
April 13th is Keep Austin Beautiful Day, a county-wide day of service spanning 100+ sites in 31 zip codes in the greater Austin area. Volunteers remove 25,000-30,000 pounds of litter, plant trees, revitalize gardens, restore native habitats, beautify neighborhoods, and more.