The Best April Fools’ Day Spoofs, Pranks and Jokes

Now there seems to be no clear origin of April Fools’ Daytime but there are references to 1st of April as the day of japes and jests that can be found as far back as 1392 in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales and in European literature of your Middle Ages. in many countries the jokes only last until midday, and anyone who plays a trick after midday noonday noontide, meridian is the “April Fool”. In other countries the jokes can last right through the day.

With April Fools day fast approaching, it seems exclusively right to compile a selection of some of the best well know and courageous pranks and spoofs carried out on the first day with April, as inspiration for all those tricksters looking for good ideas. Many are audacious in their execution and certainly tricked large numbers of people today, not all of them so gullible.

In 1949, Phil Shone devised a New prank on April Fools’ Day that will forced the New Zealand Broadcasting Service to send out a necio each year to all radio stations to report ‘only’ the truth in line with broadcasting rules. Shone was a New Zealand D. With regard to. and the hoax that put his name in the track record books was about a vast wasp swarm that he published to be headed towards Auckland. He even advised the main listeners about safety measures to employ such as wearing their socks over their trousers when going outside and allowing honey smeared traps outside all doors. Thousands of his particular listeners were taken in and followed his directions right until he finally admitted that it was just a joke!

A buck with the unlikely name of Porky Bickar created extensive panic and alarm to the residents of Sitka, Ak in 1974 by throwing hundreds of old tires on the local, but long dormant volcano Mount Edgecumbe and place alight to them releasing billows of black smoke. Lots of local people thought that volcano was about to erupt plus mayhem ensued.

In 1957, the well respected BBC television programme Panorama ran a now famous September Fools hoax, showing Swiss farmers harvesting spaghetti out of trees. They also claimed that the despised pest, the other weevil, had been all but eradicated. A large number of people contacted the BBC wanting to know how to grow their own spaghetti trees. That it was, in fact , filmed in St. Albans in England and not Swiss.

1962 saw Swedish national television broadcast a some minute special on how viewers could get colour TV by means of placing a nylon stocking in front of the screen. A rather in-depth detailed description on the physics behind the phenomenon was included, I just wonder how many people suddenly felt foolish as they excitedly observed the advice and it then dawned on them that it was most of a hoax.

British astronomer Sir Patrick Moore shared with listeners of BBC Radio 2 in 1976, in which at precisely 9: 47 a. m. that daytime a unique alignment of two planets would result in a strong upward gravitational pull making people feel noticeably lighter. Your dog invited his audience to experience “the strange floating sensation” by jumping up in the air a few times. Bizarrely dozens of attendees phoned in to say the experiment had worked.

in 1983 an Australian millionaire businessman Dick Smith claimed that she had towed a huge iceberg all the way from Antarctica that will Sydney Harbour. He covered a barge with white colored plastic and fire extinguisher foam to convince the actual locals.