Some clever April Fools pranks over the years
A few clever “April Fools Day” pranks of the past …
- In 1976, British astronomer Patrick Moore told BBC Radio 2 listeners that the alignment of Pluto and Jupiter would cause a temporary decrease in Earth’s gravity at 9:47 am. If people jumped in the air at that time, he claimed, they would float for a short while. Many listeners subsequently called the studios, confirming that it had worked.
- In 1994, “PC Computing” magazine wrote that US Congress was considering a bill making it illegal to surf the Internet … while drunk. The ensuing outcry was great enough that Senator Edward Kennedy was forced to deny being a sponsor of the legislation.
- In 1996, an email supposedly from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology told recipients that the Internet would be shut down April 1st for a day … for ‘Spring Cleaning’.
- In 1998, Burger King took out a full-page ad in “USA Today” announcing a fast-food breakthrough: ‘The Left-Handed Whopper’. It featured the same ingredients as the regular burger, except the condiments were rotated 180 degrees. According to the company, thousands of customers requested the product and some asked for a right-handed version.
– “Chicago Tribune”