So it is April 1st and a day of foolery! There are several different versions of the origin of this day and one dating back to 1392. Whatever the reason, it gives us a day to laugh!
And after the long week I have had, laughing is good! There is something to be said about having a day like this as spring is around the corner and dreams of a vacation loom. For me this day is the first day of the countdown to a milestone birthday this month!
The jokes and pranks are spreading world-wide and hopefully in good taste 🙂
Here are a few outrageous ones that I found on www.wikipedia.org from over the years that had me laughing!
Taco Liberty Bell: In 1996, Taco Bell took out a full-page advertisement in The New York Times announcing that they had purchased the Liberty Bell to “reduce the country’s debt” and renamed it the “Taco Liberty Bell”. When asked about the sale, White House press secretary Mike McCurry replied tongue-in-cheek that the Lincoln Memorial had also been sold and would henceforth be known as the Lincoln Mercury Memorial.
U2 live on rooftop in Cork: In 2009, hundreds of U2 fans were duped in an elaborate prank when they rushed to a shopping centre in Cork believing that the band were playing a surprise rooftop concert. The prank was organised by Cork radio station RedFM. The band was in fact just a tribute band called U2opia.
Trips to Mars: Expedia ran a prank on 1 April 2009, offering flights to Mars. This was internally known as Project Dawnstar.
Scratch and Sniff: In 2010, British newspaper The Sun run an article about its new “Scratch and Sniff” paper, providing a sample of plain newspaper. This led to a lot of readers sniffing the paper in an attempt to smell the scent.
Whatever the joke or prank – take it light-heartedly today. Luckily April Fool’s Day only happens once a year!
Have a favorite prank to share?