From The Guardian, the city that brought you the smoking ban is now bringing in the salt ban:
New York restaurant kitchens face threat of salt ban
City politician proposes £600 fines for restaurants that use salt in recipes
Over the past few years New York has gained a reputation for taking the health of its citizens seriously – or nannying them, depending on your point of view.
Now a member of the city's legislative assembly has gone a step further by introducing a bill that would ban the use of salt in restaurant kitchens.
Bill A10129 would forbid the city's chefs from using salt in any of their recipes. The ban's proposer, Felix Ortiz, a Democratic member from Brooklyn, says it would give consumers the choice about whether to add salt to their meal.
Restaurants trying to sneak a bit of sodium chloride on to the plate would be fined $1,000 (£600) every time they were caught.
Ha, ha! Gotcha. April fools!!!
Er, actually no. This is from The Guardian three weeks ago. I tried to think of an April's fool wind-up, I really did, but considering what I have to write about every day, it's impossible to come up with anything so ridiculous that it hasn't already happened, is happening or will happen.
If you want a real bit of tom-foolery, The Guardian and Tom Harris have got the goods. At least I think they're joking. It's hard to tell anymore.