Have you been tricked yet today? Check the calendar. It’s April 1st! So, if you hear of a big raise at work…or find out your partner is having an affair…or have your car stolen…no worries! NONE of it is true. Then again, maybe it is!
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April Fools’ Day has been around for at least 300 years. According to The Museum Of Hoaxes, these are the 3 best and three worst April Fool’s Day pranks of all time:
#3) INSTANT COLOR TV
– In 1962, there was only one TV channel in Sweden, and it was in black and white. But on April 1st, the station announced that, thanks to new technology, viewers could turn their black-and-white TVs into color TVs. All they had to do was pull a nylon stocking over the screen. They showed people how to do it, and thousands of viewers tried it at home. Obviously, it didn’t work.
#2) THE PITCHER WHO COULD THROW 168 MILES PER HOUR
– In 1985, Sports Illustrated said a rookie pitcher named Sidd Finch was planning to play for the Mets. They said he could throw 168 miles an hour, and that he trained at a monastery in Tibet. Mets fans went nuts, and the magazine was flooded with requests for more information.
#1) THE SWISS SPAGHETTI HARVEST
– In 1957, the BBC announced that because of a mild winter in Switzerland, spaghetti trees…yes, SPAGHETTI TREES…were producing more spaghetti than normal. They showed footage of people pulling strands of spaghetti off tree branches. People immediately started calling in asking how to grow their own spaghetti tree. So, the BBC told them, “place a sprig of spaghetti in a tin of tomato sauce and hope for the best.”
#3) THE PHONY DEADLINE
– In 2003, a guy who worked at City Hall in London was on vacation in Canada when he got a phone call from a co-worker, saying he had a huge project due. The guy got so stressed out, he started having heart palpitations and had to retire. He ended up suing, and City Hall banned employees from pulling any more pranks.
#2) THE FAKE PRISONER RELEASE
– In 2000, a Romanian newspaper announced that dozens of prisoners would be released from prison. So their family members showed up to take them home, only to find out it was all a joke. The newspaper later published an apology.
#1) SADDAM HUSSEIN’S SERIES OF EVIL PRANKS
– Between 1998 and 2001, Saddam Hussein and his son pulled some of history’s more mean-spirited April Fools’ Day pranks, no surprise there. First, the country’s government-run newspaper published a fake report that President Clinton was lifting sanctions on Iraq. If it had been true, it would have been huge for the country’s economy…but it wasn’t true. Then, for April Fools’ Day in 1999, Saddam’s son Uday announced that the monthly food rations would also include bananas, Pepsi, and chocolate. People got excited, then he said he was just joking. After that, Saddam and his fellow pranksters ran out of ideas. They did the sanctions prank again in 2000, and the food rations prank again in 2001.
Got some of your own? Whether you were the prankster or the prankee, tell your April Fools story in the comment section below!