It’s bad news for vegetarians as researchers reveal that plants really do have feelings after registering plants ‘sighing’ in their laboratories - or so our story claimed.

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Earlier this morning we told how researchers at the Fuldstændig Består University in Denmark claim that research carried out under laboratory conditions proves plants have feelings and can react to external stimuli in “an almost human” fashion.

And at the John Innes Centre in Norwich, work will soon begin on developing a communication system which will allow scientists to hold ‘conversations’ with plants.

“Much of our work is carried out in a warehouse-sized glasshouse where a huge number of genetically-modified plants are kept so we can carry out experiments which help us advise farmers how to increase their efficiency,” said Danish plant researcher Dr Aleksander Eksisterer-Ikke.

“We noticed that after a few weeks, there would be an audible ‘sigh’ from the plants before we began our experimentation. It was quite marked. When we investigated more thoroughly, we realised that the plants were reacting to our presence and the likelihood of undergoing experimentation.

“We then concentrated our research on the emotional responses of the plants to various stimuli such as loud music, shouting and soothing words and discovered that the plants would display an almost human reaction.

“One of our discoveries was that the plants hated listening to Bon Jovi and Bryan Adams but enjoyed being read The Hungry Caterpillar, especially the bit where the caterpillar turns into a butterfly. Using specialist equipment, we registered what sounded almost like a cheer.”

The eagle-eyed amongst you spotted that this was indeed an April Fools story. See tomorrow’s paper to find out what the scientists at John Innes have really been up to.

13 comments

  • Perhaps the biggest joke is that the EDP stops comment on any interesting articles such as "Costessey by-election" " "Illicit recording inquiry at County Hall" , and now for another joke, I understand the NCC are now throwing a leaving reception for Mr White, the only "throwing" should have been removing him on the very day he revealed he illegally recorded the then Leader, spineless "Borat" and the cabinet failed to act.

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    Norfolcia

    Tuesday, April 2, 2013

  • Yes, some plod falling over a kerb and suing the kerb for being there wasn`t it?

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    BG

    Monday, April 1, 2013

  • Since most of your stories are ill thought out rubbish anyway,who can tell which is the real story and which is the fake? If you printed your paper in toilet roll format,we could put your paper to a use that it richly deserves!

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    Harry Rabinowitz

    Monday, April 1, 2013

  • Unfotunately the edp has talentless people who can't even invent a news story.. no experience at all, no imagination.. just plain boring paper.... I only come here to read others comments..same old silly councillors and sad losers who want to run the councils.. quite a laugh..we have 2 briliant comedians at wdc , I must book a ticket to see law and barnard no-wit show..great stuff, next they will want to spend huge money to live on a pond..brilliant, you can't write it!! It is no april fool it happens all the time at waveney councillor club.. maybe we can do bingo on thursdays to win which road will be cleared of crisp packets this week...

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    Dave01

    Tuesday, April 2, 2013

  • And there's me thinking that the biggest April Fool was the man who, "could live on £53 a week".

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    marty r

    Tuesday, April 2, 2013

  • Obviously but why can't we comment on the appalling story of the PC suing the garage owner. Makes me feel very sorry for all the embarrassment her colleagues must be suffering. Shameful

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    galjanie overseas

    Monday, April 1, 2013

  • My plants absolutely HATE the Hungry Caterpillar story!

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    Thoreauwasright

    Monday, April 1, 2013

  • April fool !!!

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    Darren Mallett

    Monday, April 1, 2013

  • I went to the local Plant Hire company this morning and got a Rhoderdendrum for the weekend.

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    Dave01

    Monday, April 1, 2013

  • If that story about the pwc in thetford was printed today we would all think it was an aprilmfool!!!!

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    Darren Mallett

    Monday, April 1, 2013

  • You put Nick Clegg on the front page, pretty obvious one that....

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    Callum Ringer

    Monday, April 1, 2013

  • Spot an April Fool's story on the site,are you kidding me? Sometimes it's hard to find a REAL story.

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    Nexus_6

    Monday, April 1, 2013

  • She Made national news, maybe specs avers have a.national ad For 250k...should have gone to spec savers...some shops do A 50p torch ...I'll keep a 50p torch in case she comes to Lowestoft on our sites....

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    Dave01

    Monday, April 1, 2013

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