Top 5 and three quarters…April Fools

1. Tomorrows Forecast: Apocalypse
On March 31, 1940 the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia issued a press release stating that the world would end at 3pm the next day. Panic ensued and local authorities were flooded with phone calls. The Institute had to issue a statement assuring the public that the world would not end. The prankster turned out to be the Institute’s press agent, who was promptly fired.

2. Le Tour Mickey
The Parisien stunned French citizens in 1986 when it reported that an agreement had been signed to dismantle the Eiffel Tower. The international symbol of French culture would then be reconstructed in the new Euro Disney theme park going up east of Paris. In the space where the Tower used to stand, a 35,000 seat stadium would be built for use during the 1992 Olympic Games.

3. The Left Handed Burger
In 1998 Burger King published a full page advertisement in USA Today announcing the introduction of a new item to their menu: a “Left-Handed Whopper” specially designed for the 32 million left-handed Americans. The new whopper included the same ingredients but all the condiments were rotated 180 degrees for the benefit of their left-handed customers. Thousands of customers requested the new whopper and thousands more requested the original right-handed version.

4. RED white and blue
On April 1st 1954 The New York Times reported that witch-hunter Joseph McCarthy was actually of Russian descent, publishing his supposed family tree which showed he was a distant relative of Lenin. The McCarthy camp did not see the joke and responded quickly with a statement full of vitriol which affirmed that Senator McCarthy was 100% white American.

5. Bombs No-way
In 1915 in the midst of World War I, a French aviator flew over a German camp and dropped what appeared to be a huge bomb. The German soldiers immediately scattered in all directions, but no explosion followed. After some time, the soldiers crept back and gingerly approached the bomb. They discovered it was actually a large football with a note tied to it that read, “April Fool!”

¾. One of the above is my own April fool and is a complete lie…virtual kudos for those who can tell April fact from April fiction.



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  1. Rachel

    Is it the 1940 apocalypse one?

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