On April Fool's Day, it is customary to play pranks on friends and acquaintances, this is a wonderful and funny custom, however, most people on this day are much more attentive to others than on other days, so it is not so easy to play them.
It's another matter when the rally comes from any media, which we, according to the established way of life, trust and do not expect funny rallies from them.
In our country, unfortunately, the tradition of pranks from the media is just beginning to form, but in the rest of the world, newspapers, radio and television have been testing the sense of humor of their residents for several decades and have already achieved considerable success in this field.
Below is a list of the most successful media jokes that not only worked one hundred percent, that is, caused the expected reaction, but even surpassed it, and in some cases even beat all the expected results.
1. The most famous rally of the past century was the success of the BBC, which aired on April 1, 1957, a television report about an unprecedented pasta crop in Switzerland. The journalists stated that local farmers cannot decide what to do with such a large harvest. The reasons for what happened lay in the mild winter and the victory of the peasants over the pasta weevil. This report blew up the British public. Thousands of citizens cut off the telephone lines of the TV company with questions about the method of growing pasta. The reporters responded using subtle English humor: "Put your pasta in a jar of tomato sauce and hope for the best."
2. In 1980, the same BBC told its listeners on April 1 that soon Big Ben's famous mechanical watch would be replaced with an electronic one. This must be done in order to correspond to modern times. This message also shook the entire public, many called to express their protest, although there were those who asked where and how the remnants of the old Big Ben could be purchased.
3. In 1998, an article was published in New Mexicans for Science and Reason, which reported that the authorities of the US state of Alabama were going to round the pi value from 3.1415926 to 3.0. Allegedly, the authorities consider the current value of the constant non-Christian, suggesting that it be rounded up to the biblical value. The joke migrated to the Internet, and from there it spread all over the world. Soon, the matter took a serious turn for the state authorities - calls and outraged letters from all over the world rained down.
4. The Irish Times joke in 1995 that the management of Disneyland plans to buy out the body of Vladimir Ilyich Lenin for a demonstration in the newly opened park, offensive to the Russians. The press reported that negotiations were in full swing between the company and the government. It was planned to install light and music inside the mausoleum to refresh the pale face of the leader with colored rays.
5. An April Fool's joke was the news that American scientists were able to get the cells of a real Tyrannosaurus and then clone it. The source of the valuable material was a dinosaur skeleton found in Montana, from which DNA molecules were extracted, and then cloned in the laboratory. The press reported that the whereabouts of the monster, born in a test tube, are carefully hidden by the authorities, but it is already known that $ 2 billion has been allocated for the program for further animal breeding. A storm of indignation swept across the world, and even protest marches were held near the American embassy in India. Local residents believed that it was here that the habitat of these animals was, and therefore they should be returned to their historical homeland.
6. Mikhail Zadornov became famous for his notes about Americans. To the surprise of many, news appeared in the press that the residents of the American city of Nashville, in Tennessee, had sued the satirist. Allegedly, our former compatriots who moved to the United States and there finally lost their sense of humor became the source of indignation. The article said: "Zadorny's speeches, which constantly mention stupid Americans, led to the undermining of America's prestige in the eyes of the citizens of the CIS countries. Currently, Mr. Zadornov is on the international wanted list and Interpol is engaged in him."
7. Parisians were shocked when on April 1, 1986 the local newspaper Le Parisien announced the impending dismantling of the Eiffel Tower. The government has allegedly already decided to move the structure to the standing French Disneyland, and a stadium for the upcoming Olympic Games will be built in the old place.
8. An interesting rally was organized by the radio station of one of the resort towns of Florida, which announced that a herd of whales was rapidly approaching the shore, which was about to be washed ashore. The local military did not take humor and sent boats to prevent the whales from carrying out their crazy plan.
9. Do not lag behind the jokers and the Russians, so in 1990 in one of the issues of the journal "Sovremennik" published a whole study, which was led by irrefutable proof that the poet Alexander Blok never existed in nature. The article caused a wave of indignation and controversy on this topic.
10. In 1985, Sports Illustrated delighted fans with the fact that the New York Mets baseball team had a newcomer capable of throwing the ball at a speed of 270 km / h. The publication specified that the athlete learned such a skill in one of the Tibetan monasteries. The joy of the gullible fans knew no bounds.
11. In Sweden, in 1962, technical experts gave valuable advice on how to turn a black and white television into a color television. It turns out that for this it is enough to pull a nylon stocking over the screen. The viewers believed the experts of the only TV channel at that time, the number of those who forgot to look at the calendar was thousands. In fact, color televisions appeared in the country only in 1970.
12. One day, the management of the American fast food chain Taco Bell announced that it was buying the Liberty Bell, which is one of the symbols of US independence. It will now be called Taco Liberty Bell. Angry Americans, who did not understand the joke, called White House Press Secretary Mike McCurry all day. But he also had an excellent sense of humor, he added fuel to the fire, saying that the Abraham Lincoln memorial, which will now be called the Ford Lincoln Mercury Memorial, has already been sold to Ford merchants.
13. In 1977, the British newspaper The Guardian made fun of its readers by releasing a unique seven-page booklet about the state of San Serriffe, located in the Indian Ocean. Of course, such a state never existed, and the fact that it consisted of two islands added to the piquancy of the joke. One was in the form of a comma and the other was in the form of a dot.
14. In 1992, there was a joke from National Public Radio that Richard Nixon intended to run for president. His slogan was: "I have not made a single mistake, and I will not make them in the future." The indignation of the Americans can be explained by the fact that Nixon was at the head of the country for two consecutive terms, however, in this case, there were people without a sense of humor.
15. USA Today magazine reported on April 1, 1998 that Burger King is now launching a new type of hamburger, especially for the country's 32 million left-handers. Thousands of right-handers approached the company with a request to avoid discrimination and release a similar product for them. Left-handers rushed to the eateries to try new hamburgers, which, of course, were not there.
16. In 1995, Discovery magazine reported that the Italian biologist April Pazzo had discovered a hitherto unknown species of worms in Antarctica. On their heads were bone plates that could heat up to high temperatures and allow creatures to move quickly under the ice. Penguins are the subject of hunting for worms, in addition, the involvement of a new species in the extinction on the mainland in 1837 by the explorer Philippe Poisson was confirmed. Hot-headed naked borer worms melt the ice under the penguin and wait for it to fall into the hole, and then devour it. Dr. Pozzo decided that Poisson could have been a victim of insidious creatures, since in his clothes he looked very much like a penguin. The number of responses to the article exceeded all received during the entire existence of the journal.
17. In 1976, on the radio news, astronomer Patrick Moore announced that at ten in the morning the next day Pluto would be behind Jupiter, this would equalize their gravitational fields, thereby reducing the Earth's gravity. The scientist invited everyone to experience the state of soaring by simply jumping up and down for this. Unsurprisingly, there were hundreds of people willing to test the claim, some even claiming to have briefly experienced the feeling of flying.
18. The Pepsi Company made teens happy in 1994 by informing them that it was enough to get a tattoo with the logo of the beverage manufacturer to receive a lifetime 10% discount on Pepsi Cola. There was no end to teenagers who wanted to "decorate" themselves.
19. In Germany, in 1993, a radio station announced that new rules were being introduced for residents of the small town of Cologne that runners in a park should not exceed a speed of 6 miles per hour. Fast athletes allegedly thwart proteins in the midst of their mating season.
20. Fans of Asterisk comics in 1993 received good news from the British "Independent". It turned out that a 30-century village was found in France where the legendary hero lived. They even found coins and an image of Obelix's favorite dish, a wild boar, as well as a collection of stones and other ancient objects.
21. In 1995, the Greek Ministry of Culture announced a sensational find. The grave of Socrates was allegedly found, a vessel with the remains of a hemlock tincture and a piece of the philosopher's skin. French "France Presse" happily picked up the news, not paying attention to the humorous nature of the note.
22. The English "Daily Mail" in 1981 told the readers the story that the Japanese marathon runner Kimo Nakashimi took part in the London marathon. The organizers made a mistake in the pronunciation of Japanese words and told the athlete to run not 26 miles, but 26 days. The Japanese obediently proceeded to the task. The editorial office received many calls that people saw the marathon runner on the roads, but could not stop him. Who was in question remained a mystery, because Mr. Nakashimi was an April Fool's joke.
23. The London Times announced in 1992 to its readers that Belgium would soon be dissolved. The northern part of the country will go to the Netherlands, and the southern part to France. A large wave of indignation arose, which was only quieted by a special televised speech by the British Prime Minister.
24. The draw has become a classic, held in several countries, when people were informed about the introduction of the metric system of time. The new hour should have been exactly 100 minutes.
25. There are also jokes in Denmark, so in 1950 local television announced that the Leaning Tower of Pisa had finally collapsed. Another time it was announced that the government has the latest technology to detect counterfeit televisions. You can "hide" from observation only by wrapping the receiver in foil. A few hours after the news, there was no foil left on the shelves of the store.
26. When in the 90s the Russian mafia infiltrated the West, no one was surprised by the April Fool's announcement by ITAR-TASS that soon grenades inlaid with diamonds would be sold especially for the bandits. The American press indignantly began to discuss Russian lawlessness and gangsters who even want to kill beautifully. The same agency in 1994 announced the beginning of the production of vodka in bars. Consumers will be offered three flavors: coconut, lemon and pickled cucumber. Vodka is also expected to appear in disposable sachets.
27. Discovery magazine, famous for its draws, reported in 1996 a sensational discovery. Allegedly, scientists accidentally discovered a new elementary particle - bigon. Its lifetime is millionths of a second, and when it materializes, it takes on the size of a bowling ball.
28. The Norwegian newspaper Bergens Tidend announced in 1987 that 10,000 liters of contraband wine had been confiscated. The residents of the city were invited to the central city store so that everyone could get their share. As a result, in the morning the sellers saw a crowd of townspeople with cans and bottles deceived by the April Fools' rally.
29. In 1997, letters circulated on the Internet warning users that access to the Web would be closed from March 31 to April 2, as it would be subjected to a general cleaning. This work will be carried out by five special powerful Japanese robots. This joke was the heiress of a prank about cleaning telephone lines, when the owners were asked to attach garbage bags to their phones so that they would not scatter around the apartment.
30. The notorious "Independent" announced in 2000 that they have created a special Viagra for animals, which can be fed to shy hamsters.
31. A new pet, the Tasmanian walrus, was reported in 1984 by a Florida newspaper. A small creature that looks like a walrus, has fluffy fur, like a cat, it is very funny, like a hamster, and takes cockroaches for food. There is no need to wash the Tasmanian walrus at all, only the government is doing its utmost to restrain the growth of the population of these cute animals so as not to leave the cockroach control service without work.
32. Radio London announced in 1979 that Daylight Saving Time had resulted in 48 extra hours in the calendar. It has been announced that April 5 and 12 will be canceled this year to adjust the time. The birthday people were the most upset.
33. Tesco, a British supermarket chain, announced in 2002 the addition of leaky whistling carrots. This effect was given by a genetically modified vegetable, but in order to whistle into all the holes, you must first boil the carrots.
34. On March 31, 1941, a press release was issued at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, which was then picked up by radio stations. It was reported that the end of the world would come on April 1 at 3 pm, and it was emphasized that this was not a joke at all. The public reaction was not hard to imagine. The scientists themselves subsequently assured that they did not make any predictions, as a result, the culprit of the rally was found, it was a press agent who was immediately fired from his job.
35. The BBC is especially famous for its pranks, in addition to the jokes already mentioned above, in 1973 the company announced the beginning of the spread of a dangerous elm disease. The disease affects not only plants, but also red-haired people, since they have substances in their blood that are similar to those contained in the soil. The BBC scared people with yellow hair that their hair could disappear forever. In 1999, it was announced that the British anthem "God Save the Queen" was changing to a European anthem, which is also sung in German. Even in the office of Prince Charles, they believed in the drawing - from there they asked to send the text of the new anthem. In 1860 an announcement was made in London. Everyone was invited to the annual white lions bathing ceremony. On April 1, many of the simpletons came to watch the show.
36. Residents of Alaska on April 1, 1974, discovered that the old extinct volcano Edgecombe began spewing clouds of smoke into the sky. However, it turned out that the eruption was not worth fearing, such a performance was staged by the local joker Porky Bikar, who threw firewood into the crater and set it on fire.But when, a few years later, another volcano woke up nearby, people did not believe it, considering it another joke.
37. In 1995, the statue of Lenin in the Italian Cavriaggio suddenly began to cry white tears. A crowd immediately gathered around, only a few hours later the April Fool's deception was revealed.
38. In 1998, in one of the bohemian studios in New York, an evening was held in memory of the great abstractionist Nat Tate (1928-1960), who committed suicide after destroying almost all of his works. Fragments of the artist's autobiography were read by the famous David Bowie, he said that the book was about to hit the shelves. The guests were invited to look at the few surviving paintings. And only Bowie, his friend William Boyd, who wrote the biography of the artist, and the publisher of the book knew that no Nat Tate had ever existed in nature.
39. If jokers have a solid capital, then they have great opportunities for the realization of their humor. So, the millionaire Horace de Ver Cole in 1919 spent his honeymoon with his wife in Venice. The hotel was surrounded on all sides by water, what was the surprise of the neighbors who discovered heaps of horse dung on the island in the morning. It turned out that the joker had brought them here at night in a gondola and arranged them so that it seemed as if a herd of horses had passed through the square in the dark and disappeared into the water again. By the way, the millionaire's wife eventually left him, tired of endless pranks. Another rich man, Dick Smith from Sydney, announced that on April 1, 1979, he would deliver a real Antarctic iceberg to the Australian shores. Anyone was offered to buy a cube of the purest ice for a nominal fee of 10 cents. For the city, the upcoming arrival was an event, hundreds of people met at the iceberg port. However, it started raining and washed off the foam that covered the plastic walls of the "ice".
40. On March 31, 1989, a flying saucer landed in one of the London suburbs, which frightened not only the witnesses, but also the police. A small figure in a silver overalls emerged from the apparatus. It turned out that the "alien" is Richard Branson, a 36-year-old businessman who was able to disguise his balloon as unusual. The joker intended to land on April 1 in London's Hyde Park, but the wind thwarted his plans.
41. The first notable Internet draw took place on 1 April 1984. Then the World Wide Web was just in its infancy, users entered the Usenet network. And on this remarkable day, many received a letter personally from the General Secretary of the CPSU, Comrade Chernenko. The text of the message said that the USSR was about to join the global network to conduct a dialogue with the peoples of America and Europe. The letter ended with a colorful appeal: "Now, let's open a bottle of vodka and drink to our joining this network! So, good luck! K. Chernenko, Moscow, USSR". Panic erupted on Usenet as the Russians penetrated a network designed to communicate between military command centers in the event of World War III. The FBI and CIA received many letters about what happened, while someone, on the contrary, greeted the Soviet leader for his bold and open actions. In fact, of course, our secretary general did not take part in this. The joke was staged by Dutchman Pete Beertema. The USSR only got connected to the Internet 6 years later.