Today's best April Fool silly stories

Serving up a joke: the 3-D printed sandwich does not exist. Sadly. Credit: The Journal

It happens every year, and every year we fall for it.

We open our newspaper, or log on to our favourite online publication, and spot an incredible tale that we must tell our friends and work-mates about.

All too often it is only when we recognise the pity in the sympathetic smile we receive as feedback that the penny finally drops.

The Queen is not exploring the possibility of fracking in the grounds of Buckingham Palace.

The Daily Mail did not get hold of secret government papers revealing what the Union Jack would look like in the event of Scottish independence.

Most disappointingly, scientists in Newcastle are not using 3-D printers to make sandwiches.

This is one of the best April Fool jokes published today.

The Journal newspaper had claimed scientists at Newcastle's Centre for Life had created the world's first edible 3-D printed sandwich.

Game for a laugh spokesman for the Centre, Ian Simmons, was happy to be quoted saying "Due to limitations of the printing substrate available, we're currently only able to offer cheese, ham and tomato sandwiches.

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Not to be outdone, the Hartlepool Mail had some monkey business of its own.

The town is renowned for the unfortunate fate of an early 19th century monkey, hanged in Hartlepool because people thought the primate was a French spy.

The paper reported excitedly that the bones of a monkey had been found under the Headlands beach.

Strands of rope had been found near the poor animal's neck.

These bones are not historically significant. Credit: Hartlepool Mail

The paper even quoted lead archeologist Avril Foujour (the clue is in the name): “This is one of the most important finds in maritime history and ranks alongside the discovery of the Mary Rose.”

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But perhaps the best April Fool of the day belongs to ITV Daybreak and their exclusive interview with a farmer, whose hens had laid the world's first square eggs.

This egg is not real. Credit: ITV Daybreak

"While the shape makes it convenient for eating, it also means making egg sarnies has become even simpler," apparently.

Would that be a 3-D printed egg sandwich by any chance?