Okay so instead of a FAKE post about something like a new search engine where you can remove your competition’s results, I thought it would be great to write about some of the best April Fools’ Day pranks I’ve witnessed or been a part of.
Top 6 Best April Fools’ Day Pranks, and some commentary to boot!
- Wheel of Jeopardy: SOURCE: Wikipedia.com – As part of an April Fools’ Day joke on April 1, 1997, Alex Trebek and Pat Sajak switched hosting duties. Sajak hosted Jeopardy! that day and Trebek hosted Wheel of Fortune where Sajak and Vanna White played as contestants. Jeopardy! announcer Johnny Gilbert did double duties that day. A puzzle during the episode also featured Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious as an answer.
- Gretzky Goes to Toronto: Although the photo is nowhere to be found online, as this was way back in the 80s, a personal favorite was back in the day when, in reference to NHL Hockey, the Toronto Star Newspaper printed a huge photograph (not photoshopped, but the equivalent of photoshopped) of Wayne Gretzky.At the time he was the Edmonton Oilers’ team captain and all around superstar of the league, wearing a Toronto Maple Leaf’s Jersey. It claimed he was traded to the Leafs! We all had the chance to, just for a minute, believe that the Leafs had a shot at the cup… ’til you went to the next page 🙁 Now THIS year there’s another Gretzky hoax about him helping the Whalers come back to Hartford (used to exist – the Hartford Whalers, who became the Carolina Hurricanes)
- The Taco Liberty Bell (Source: museumofhoaxes.com) 1996: The Taco Bell Corporation announced it had bought the Liberty Bell and was renaming it the Taco Liberty Bell. Hundreds of outraged citizens called the National Historic Park in Philadelphia where the bell was housed to express their anger. Their nerves were only calmed when Taco Bell revealed, a few hours later, that it was all a practical joke. The best line of the day came when White House press secretary Mike McCurry was asked about the sale. Thinking on his feet, he responded that the Lincoln Memorial had also been sold. It would now be known, he said, as the Ford Lincoln Mercury Memorial.
- GMAIL – I love this type of out of the box thinking.
Companies will make announcements that look like April Fool’s Day hoaxes, but turn out to be true. For example, Google launched Gmail on the 1st April 2004. People assumed it was an April Fool’s Day hoax, however, when it turned out to be true, Gmail and Google got a second round of free publicity – clever marketing stuff.
- Holy Pi: This one’s for all the nerds. I love this: in 1998, a newsletter titled ‘New Mexicans for Science and Reason’ carried an article that the state of Alabama had voted to change the value of pi from 3.14159 to the “Biblical value” of 3.0. – SOURCE: Photocamel.com
- Joey Skaggs: Awesome! -(Source: www.april-fools.us)
Joey Skaggs is considered to be the top prankster of recent times.
A performance artist, Skaggs is responsible for the 1976 Village Voice article “Cathouse for Dogs” which introduced a new business into the community, a Doggie Brothel. For $50 a pop your pooch can be sexually gratified. After numerous phone calls both in favor and in opposition of the brothel, Skaggs finally received a subpoena from the Attorney General’s office. At this time Skaggs had to reveal that the new business was a hoax.
Skaggs is also responsible for the Hippie Bus Tour of Queens, Fame Exchange with John and Yoko, Celebrity Sperm Bank, Gypsies Against Stereotypical Propaganda, Windsurfing from Hawaii to California, Fish Condos, Bad Guys Talent Management Agency, Brooklyn Bridge Lottery, Maqdananda: the Psychic Attorney, and the notorious Rudy Doody happening in Washington Square Park.
Skaggs also masterminded the famous New York City 16th Annual April Fools’ Day Parade along 59th Street and Fifth Avenue. The parade was supposed to be led by the Marching Los Alamos Forest Rangers, who will be backburning trash in an attempt to stave off accidental flash fires. CNN and Fox showed up to cover the event, but of course, no one was there.
But what about the people who get fooled along with the media? “A tear just ran down my leg,” jokes Skaggs. “I think it’s great that they’re there — the more the merrier! This should be the most attended parade in all of history, and I hope that someday it does become a legally sanctioned parade, and we can actually do it.” The term “Parade of Fools” comes to mind.
Other pranks that we’ve seen, or perhaps thought of, but never got pulled:
Yesterday a co-worker of ours dropped her phone in the toilet, so today we were planning to tell ‘her linkbuilding-self’ that it caused a flood that has closed our office for the morning and that we would not be able to work for several hours due to this ‘flooding’
-what? you try to come up with something funny!
I visited my sister at MacMaster University and one of the guys on her floor had been the victim of having his ENTIRE room attached to the ceiling. It was pretty inventive…perhaps those engineers may have real jobs now.
Okay, back to work enough CLOWNING around, have a great April Fool’s day and please comment with anything you find funny that our readers should know about. i.e. say you wanted to use your VOIP phone while surfing, perhaps PacificSwell.com could help you out! hahaha