17 April Fool’s Day Jokes that fooled the world

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10 – Mystery Solved…
The Loch Ness Monster was first brought to the attention of the world in 1933, and it was with great excitement that on the 1st of April 1972, it was revealed that the dead body of Nessie had been discovered. Some zoologists had discovered the carcass the day before, and it was said to weigh 1.5 tons and was 15-feet long. Sadly, it ended up being a bull elephant seal that was planted there by John Shields. He had shaved the dead seals whiskers off, padded the cheeks with stones and kept it frozen. He was hoping to attract more visitors to their zoo, where the body was displayed for a couple days.

9 – Not a happy ending…
Sometimes April Fool’s jokes can go too far, like when in 982 – Greece’s state controlled radio station issued a dire warning over the airwaves, that the pollution was so bad in Athens that people had to evacuate immediately. Of course, people did, so when the station revealed it was a prank 3-hours later, the damage had been done. Someone sued the station or $820 000.00 while the networks director resigned, and the guy who thought of the idea was fired.

8 – Play on words…
Back in 1977, the Guardian released a story about a small country called San Seriffe. The small islands made the shape of a semi-colon and the 2 main islands held the names Upper Caisse and Lower Caisse. Many wrote to the paper requesting more information about this fictional island designed especially for April Fools.

7 – Take it with a pinch of salt…
Perhaps you also use salt when cooking a unicorn, I’m not sure. April 1st 2012, the British library via their Medieval Manuscripts blog, posted about a story they found in a medieval cook book, giving instruction on how to cook a unicorn. The person who wrote the book, Geoffrey Fule, who worked in the Queens kitchens from 1328 – 1369.

6 – Got you!
Over in Sweden, in 1962, there was only 1 TV channel and it was in black and white. Viewers were told how they could change their sets to colour. All they needed to do was cover the TV with some tights, which bend the lights in a certain way, making things appear in colour. This fooled thousands of people, who rushed around the house looking for tights. It was only in 1970 they got colour television.

5 – History in the making…
2005 was the year an article was released in Popular Photography called “Can these photos be saved?” The article took iconic images and asked if they could be made to look better by removing wrinkles and making the subjects better looking, like the Migrant Mother image for example. This horrified readers, as of course the images are a part of our history and teach us so much – which then ended up, thank goodness, being an excellent April Fool’s Joke.

4 – Big announcement…
Not too long ago in 2014, a student tricked her professor quite nicely. Stephen Barrows has a strict rule in class, that should a cell ring – the call has to be answered on speaker phone. Taylor Nefcy received a call in class, which she of course had to answer on speaker phone. In front of the class, the caller informed Taylor that she was indeed pregnant and congratulations. The professor was very apologetic to her, to which she replied – it wasn’t a problem, she already had a name picked out… April Fool. It received millions of views on YouTube.

3 – Smells Good…
We go back to 1965, and it’s funny – because now what was actually a joke is a reality! BBC interviewed a professor who was telling the audience all about Smellovision, whereby smells were transmitted through the TV screens. He demonstrated it by putting onions and coffee beans into the smellovision set, and viewers actually confirmed that they did indeed smell those smells, whilst some even stated their eyes watered from the onions!

2 – Time to stop…
In 1981 the Daily Mail published a story about a very unlucky Japanese runner who had entered the London Marathon, but because of a translation mistake, he believed the marathon to be 26 days and not 26 miles. Many people reported spotting this runner, despite the fact that it was just another trick played on April Fool’s Day.

1 – Keep calm and read on…
NPR News posted an article on their Facebook page on the 1st of April 2014, with the title “Why Doesn’t America Read Anymore?”. It received 1.7k comments, which quickly proved that the people hadn’t actually read the article. They were proving a point that people comment without actually reading the full story, and those that commented ended up looking like the fool.