Some April Fool's pranks are obvious, like Burger King's Whopper toothpaste and All Stuf Oreos. Others, like a report Star Trek actor George Takei might be boldly going into politics, require some mulling over.
Mr. Sulu himself fooled many fans late Friday night and early Saturday morning by claiming he was running for Congress. Just after midnight in the east -- the early minutes of April Fools' Day -- Takei tweeted a link to an article that reported he and his husband were moving to Visalia, California.
Why the supposed move for the longtime Angeleno? Once transplanted, Takei was going to challenge Republican Devin Nunes, who represents the district Visalia is in. Nunes, who chairs the House Intelligence Committee, has been in the news recently for his handling of an investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Of course, there were some clues the story might be fake news. In addition, to the April 1 date, Nunes' first name was misspelled. And the site where the article appeared, The Daily Buzz, describes itself as "Your Daily Dose of Laughs, Hacks, News and More," though not all of its articles appear to be hoaxes.
Still, fans loved the idea.
But sadly, Takei won't be boldly going into politics. On Saturday morning, he admitted it was a prank, and instead encouraged fans to support real candidate Jon Ossoff, who is running in the 2017 special election April 18 to represent Georgia's 6th congressional district.
Some fans voiced their disappointment on Twitter. But Takei responded that it's hard to know what to believe these days.
By George, I think he got us.
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