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RebeccaMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 01-Apr-16 12:30:04

Hello all

As we're sure you've clocked, the exciting opportunity with NASA and the European Space Agency over on Mumsnet Jobs was not what it seemed. Apols to all who momentarily thought 'I could definitely do that - I could!'. One day, folks...

Gratifyingly, we had a brilliant call from a rather lovely prof from the Astrophysics department at a respected British university - she was very concerned that we hadn't thought it through grin.

Go and have a look if you haven't yet seen it - there's a press release and a job description too. And have a browse through Mumsnet April Fools from years gone by over here.

We hope you all have a lovely April - spring has sprung at last!


cozietoesie Fri 01-Apr-16 12:34:32

Gawd bless her! smile

Arfarfanarf Fri 01-Apr-16 12:38:10

Noooo. Surely nobody thought it was real!
It's sweet that she phoned you. grin

thecatfromjapan Fri 01-Apr-16 12:40:11

That's lovely.

What tweaks did she recommend to make the opportunity more mother and baby friendly?

LineyReborn Fri 01-Apr-16 12:45:03

Actually that wasn't a leading astrophysics professor on the phone. That was me.

RebeccaMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 01-Apr-16 12:50:23


Actually that wasn't a leading astrophysics professor on the phone. That was me.

Really Liney? <looks over shoulder>

PolterGoose Fri 01-Apr-16 12:51:29

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

RebeccaMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 01-Apr-16 12:53:39


Liney shockgrin

The link to previous MN April Fools doesn't work...

It should now Polter blush

cozietoesie Fri 01-Apr-16 12:54:37

Afraid not. sad

RebeccaMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 01-Apr-16 12:57:44

try this

TeacupsandFigs Fri 01-Apr-16 12:58:15

That's classic, I bet (even if it wasn't Liney) it was somebody having a laugh with you grin

LineyReborn Fri 01-Apr-16 13:00:15

<acts deadpan>

cozietoesie Fri 01-Apr-16 13:06:44

Ah. Both links work now. Thanks Rebecca. smile

DextersMistress Fri 01-Apr-16 13:06:56

Bravo Liney grin

PolterGoose Fri 01-Apr-16 13:07:07

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

BevyofQuails Fri 01-Apr-16 13:07:53

You know what I loved most about it? The word 'successful' in the line: "The project follows Mumsnet's successful recruitment of spies for MI6 earlier this year."

For a split second I thought MN had inside knowledge about how the recruitment process had gone and that they knew for suresies that some MNers were now working as international superspies grin

cozietoesie Fri 01-Apr-16 13:09:30

Well maybe they are, Bevy. Unwise to laugh about it, I think. wink

BevyofQuails Fri 01-Apr-16 13:16:17

Good point, do you think I should get my post deleted in case I've accidentally dropped MNHQ in it by pointing out they've let the cat out of the bag...?

If my posts disappear you'll know we're on to something wink

cozietoesie Fri 01-Apr-16 13:36:18


TeacupsandFigs Fri 01-Apr-16 13:41:55

MI6 did successfully recruit some MNERs, one brief was to infiltrate Mumsnet and report back of any breaches. Bevy don't be alarmed when the men in white coats turn up, I have asked them to treat you with kid gloves shame they don't always listen

AGnu Fri 01-Apr-16 14:13:46

I believed it for a moment, mostly in a "what a stupid idea"/"how incredibly reckless"/"they can't do that" sort of way... But in my defence, it was 2am & I was half asleep when I read it! After about 10 seconds I was trying to convince DH it was real & we should have another baby just because it could be my only opportunity to go to space! grin He didn't think it was a good idea. sad

AuntieStella Fri 01-Apr-16 14:33:47

I thought briefly that the spoof was the recipe for left-over-Easter-egg cakes.

I mean, who has left overs?

Gazelda Fri 01-Apr-16 14:49:29

Has anyone tweeted Tim Peake for his views I tweet him hourly, am desperate for him to reply?

SilverBirchWithout Fri 01-Apr-16 16:12:27

Please drop some more hints about the Prof from a respected University's Astrophysics Dept. DH works at such a place and we would love to know.

I bet the concerns were around a child's bone development in a weightless environment. grin

I wonder how far the sound of a baby crying travels through space at night? wink

WhoTheFuckIsSimon Fri 01-Apr-16 20:52:50

I'm confused, did the professor realise it was an April Fools joke?

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