April Fools - 2007

Marc

Fully vaccinated are you?
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From television revealing that spaghetti grows on trees to advertisements for the left-handed burger, the tradition of April Fool's Day stories in the media has a weird and wonderful history.

Here are 10 of the top April Fool's Day pranks ever pulled off, as judged by the San Diego-based Museum of Hoaxes for their notoriety, absurdity, and number of people duped.

-- In 1957, a BBC television show announced that thanks to a mild winter and the virtual elimination of the spaghetti weevil, Swiss farmers were enjoying a bumper spaghetti crop. Footage of Swiss farmers pulling strands of spaghetti from trees prompted a barrage of calls from people wanting to know how to grow their own spaghetti at home.

-- In 1985, Sports Illustrated magazine published a story that a rookie baseball pitcher who could reportedly throw a ball at 270 kilometers per hour (168 miles per hour) was set to join the New York Mets. Finch was said to have mastered his skill -- pitching significantly faster than anyone else has ever managed -- in a Tibetan monastery. Mets fans' celebrations were short-lived.

-- Sweden in 1962 had only one television channel, which broadcast in black and white. The station's technical expert appeared on the news to announce that thanks to a newly developed technology, viewers could convert their existing sets to receive color pictures by pulling a nylon stocking over the screen. In fact, they had to wait until 1970.

-- In 1996, American fast-food chain Taco Bell announced that it had bought Philadelphia's Liberty Bell, a historic symbol of American independence, from the federal government and was renaming it the Taco Liberty Bell.

Outraged citizens called to express their anger before Taco Bell revealed the hoax. Then-White House press secretary Mike McCurry was asked about the sale and said the Lincoln Memorial in Washington had also been sold and was to be renamed the Ford Lincoln Mercury Memorial after the automotive giant.

-- In 1977, British newspaper The Guardian published a seven-page supplement for the 10th anniversary of San Serriffe, a small republic located in the Indian Ocean consisting of several semicolon-shaped islands. A series of articles described the geography and culture of the two main islands, named Upper Caisse and Lower Caisse.

-- In 1992, US National Public Radio announced that Richard Nixon was running for president again. His new campaign slogan was, "I didn't do anything wrong, and I won't do it again." They even had clips of Nixon announcing his candidacy. Listeners flooded the show with calls expressing their outrage. Nixon's voice actually turned out to be that of impersonator Rich Little.

-- In 1998, a newsletter titled New Mexicans for Science and Reason carried an article that the state of Alabama had voted to change the value of pi from 3.14159 to the "Biblical value" of 3.0.

-- Burger King, another American fast-food chain, published a full-page advertisement in USA Today in 1998 announcing the introduction of the "Left-Handed Whopper," specially designed for the 32 million left-handed Americans. According to the advertisement, the new burger included the same ingredients as the original, but the condiments were rotated 180 degrees. The chain said it received thousands of requests for the new burger, as well as orders for the original "right-handed" version.

-- Discover Magazine announced in 1995 that a highly respected biologist, Aprile Pazzo (Italian for April Fool), had discovered a new species in Antarctica: the hotheaded naked ice borer. The creatures were described as having bony plates on their heads that became burning hot, allowing the animals to bore through ice at high speed -- a technique they used to hunt penguins.

-- Noted British astronomer Patrick Moore announced on the radio in 1976 that at 9:47 am, a once-in-a-lifetime astronomical event, in which Pluto would pass behind Jupiter, would cause a gravitational alignment that would reduce the Earth's gravity. Moore told listeners that if they jumped in the air at the exact moment of the planetary alignment, they would experience a floating sensation. Hundreds of people called in to report feeling the sensation.
 
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John Nabors - 2009

Marc-

The best one I ever pulled was when I left a note on a Friday afternoon for the 3rd shift QA foreman (who would be coming in precisely at 12:00 AM on April first) several pages long outlining a disaster that occurred on his shift involving several hundred M-16 bolt carriers and finally explaining that (insert company president's name here) and (insert VP for Quality's name here) would be coming in at 4 AM to find out...

(Bob turned to the last page...)

... why you knuckleheads are dumb enough to fall for this when every (expletive-head) knows it's April Fools' Day??

My machinist buddy Mike The Marine was watching Bob the entire time and was in on the hoax. His description of the look on Bob and his inspectors' faces while reading the body of the note and then their reaction when he got to the end had me laughing to the point of tears.

Regards -John
 
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Dimitri

John,

That was FUNNY! I wish I could have seen his face myself. :lol:

Dimitri
 
I refrained from any pranks this year, due to the fact that April 1:st happened to be on a Sunday. I don't think it feels quite right to set a prank up and then not be at work to "take the heat" for it. However, I was told that I made some people nervous just the same: I am infamous for my pranks and they kept looking for a joke that never happened. Perhaps that can be considered a joke in its own right? :rolleyes:
His description of the look on Bob and his inspectors' faces while reading the body of the note and then their reaction when he got to the end had me laughing to the point of tears.
Good one. Did they get revenge? :lol:

/Claes
 
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Bobh@pte

Here are 10 of the top April Fool's Day pranks ever pulled off, as judged by the San Diego-based Museum of Hoaxes for their notoriety, absurdity, and number of people duped.


-- Noted British astronomer Patrick Moore announced on the radio in 1976 that at 9:47 am, a once-in-a-lifetime astronomical event, in which Pluto would pass behind Jupiter, would cause a gravitational alignment that would reduce the Earth's gravity. Moore told listeners that if they jumped in the air at the exact moment of the planetary alignment, they would experience a floating sensation. Hundreds of people called in to report feeling the sensation.[/QUOTE]

My favorite. The power of suggestion.
 
I refrained from any pranks this year, due to the fact that April 1:st happened to be on a Sunday.
Certainly not due to religious grounds? The teacher at our service Sunday morning started out by showing a news story from SI.com that stated that Greg Oden, the center for the OSU basketball team had re-injured his wrist and would not be playing in the Championship Game against Florida on Monday. The story was dateline April 1, 2007 and the statements were attributed to Atlanta doctor April Fuhl. I think that more than a few extra prayers of thanksgiving were inspired when the joke was revealed.

Our family is friends with a young man who just turned 13 on March 31. We have know him for 10 years. For the past 6 years, he has managed to manipulate his way into our house on the morning of April 1 in order to attach a rubber band to the spray head on our kitchen sink. Every member of our family has been sprayed at least once when turning on the water. Sunday morning after church, this young man was very interested in coming over to our house to "play" with our 12- and 14-year-old sons. We invited him over but I turned off the water under the sink (while leaving the dishwasher waterline on). About an hour after he arrived, I noticed him getting a cup and sidling up to the kitchen sink to "get a drink". Very strange, since he knows full well that we keep bottled water in the refrigerator. When he came to tell me that the sink was broken, I told him that I wasn't falling for his prank again. Once I really got him going, I finally went to "check" the sink. "See," he said, "no rubber band, no water, either." Of course, I then accused him of "breaking" the sink. After I got him really fired up with righteous indignation, I reached under the sink and turned the water back on along with a hearty April Fool. I still checked the sprayer for rubber bands the rest of the day.:notme:
 
Sounds like a std issue 13yo? :cool: /Claes
Absolutely! I understand this condition lasts until age 19 for young adults that do not attend college. In cases where the juvenile in question has the time, inclination and wherewithal to attend college this condition can last until age 23 for undergraduates up to age 30 for those pursuing advanced degrees and/or on the extended education program. To wit, "When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years." -arguably attributed to Mark Twain.
 
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