Famous April Fools Day Pranks

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Famous April Fools Day Pranks

Silas Ou, Reporter

April Fools Day, (also called, All Fools’ Day) you either get pranked, are scared about the possibility of being pranked or don’t care because you believe you’ll never get pranked. However, throughout history, thousands of people have been pranked into believing some outrageous things with HILARIOUS results. Here are some of the ten most funny pranks I could find on the internet, both old and modern. To give credit all of these hoaxes/pranks were discover on the Museum of Hoaxes, an organization dedicated to documenting hoaxes. For your information, all of these events occurred on April 1st.

The Left-Handed Whopper

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  • This April Fools Hoax will disappoint many left-handed people. Anyways in 1998 Burger King out an ad in USA Today advertising the new left-handed Whopper. The new Whopper(besides trying to satisfy the 32 million left-handed Americans) included the same ingredients as the original Whopper, but all the condiments were rotated 180 degrees for the benefit of their left-handed customers. before Burger King could announce it as a hoax, thousands of "left-handed whoppers' had been ordered.

  • Australian TV Show This Day Tonight revealed that the country would soon be converting to "metric time.". There would now be 100 seconds to a minute, 100 minutes to an hour, and 20 days in a month. The Town Hall was shown with a 10-hour metric clock face. The deputy premiere played along with the prank and switched to metric time. The TV show was a respected news source, which caused many people to believe it. For example, one caller wanted to know how he could convert his newly purchased digital clock to metric time.

  • If you're a New York Mets fan you would be one of the thousands of disappointed people. It all started when the magazine Sports Illustrated published an article about a player named Sid Finch. Who was supposedly trained in a Tibetan Monastery and was now able to throw balls at 160 mph. The Mets created a uniform for him to be used in the fake images for the article. At least two general managers of other clubs called the league offices asking how their players could safely bat against Finch and swarms of reporters tried to find the man for interviews. On April 8th however, it was announced it was just a hoax. This was already hinted in the title of the Sports Illustrated issue in where Sid Finch was showcased. The title reads"He's a pitcher, part yogi, and part recluse. Impressively liberated from our opulent life-style, Sidd's deciding about yoga —and his future in baseball." The first letter of each of these words, taken together, spelled "H-a-p-p-y A-p-r-i-l F-o-o-l-s D-a-y — A-h F-i-b.

  • We all know that Richard Nixon was impeached as president and that it is illegal to run for a third term in theU.S. Well in National Public Radio's Talk of the Nation revealed 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." Accompanying this announcement were audio clips of Nixon delivering his candidacy speech. Listeners were outraged! Only during the second half of the show did the host John Hockenberry reveal that the announcement was a practical joke.

  • In 2008 BBC announced that camera crews filming near the Antarctic for its natural history series Miracles of Evolution had captured footage of Adélie penguins taking to the air. Presenter Terry Jones explained that, instead of huddling together to endure the Antarctic winter, these penguins took to the air and flew thousands of miles to the rainforests of South America. A follow-up video explained how the BBC created the special effects of the flying penguins. Despite this, thousands of people phoned in to ask if it was true, as well as a spike in Google searches for flying penguins. Note BBC has been playing April Fools Pranks for over 50 years. One of the most notorious of these was the Swiss Spaghetti Harvest.

  • All jokes aside, this one is for real, by order of RRISD AirPods are now banned in CVMS. They have been deemed by the district, impractical, and distracting. Anyone caught with one will have them confiscated. The school is also concerned about the possibility of WMD in the AirPods. If you don't believe go to Canyon Echoes and check the morning announcements. This will take effect on April 3rd. For more information visit the CVMS school website.

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Finally, we must find the origins of April Fool’s day. Oh but, wait, I just remembered, the Airpods thing is fake. Get pranked! And no I’m not going to explain the origins of April Fools, someone else can discuss the origins of April Fools.