Friday, 1 April 2011

April Fools!!

Well I hope that was sugar you had in your tea this morning and not salt and that there wasn't any clingfilm over the toilet when you were half asleep or that somebody didn't swap your hair remover cream with your shampoo!

April Fools - annoying or fun? Now there's a debate that could go on and on.

My beautiful small people aren't prone to playing tricks on their poor old Mum first thing in the morning and thanks to whoever started that you can't do any after 12 noon rumour by the time they get home from school it's all over. :)

We do like having a bit of fun in this mad house but we just don't limit ourselves to the one day of the year. ;)

Anyway here are a few hoaxes (not mine) that you may remember ...

Planetary Alignment Decreases Gravity
1976: The British astronomer Patrick Moore announced on BBC Radio 2 that at 9:47 AM a once-in-a-lifetime astronomical event was going to occur that listeners could experience in their very own homes. The planet Pluto would pass behind Jupiter, temporarily causing a gravitational alignment that would counteract and lessen the Earth's own gravity. Moore told his listeners that if they jumped in the air at the exact moment that this planetary alignment occurred, they would experience a strange floating sensation. When 9:47 AM arrived, BBC2 began to receive hundreds of phone calls from listeners claiming to have felt the sensation. One woman even reported that she and her eleven friends had risen from their chairs and floated around the room.

The Swiss Spaghetti Harvest
1957: The respected BBC news show Panorama announced that thanks to a very mild winter and the virtual elimination of the dreaded spaghetti weevil, Swiss farmers were enjoying a bumper spaghetti crop. It accompanied this announcement with footage of Swiss peasants pulling strands of spaghetti down from trees. Huge numbers of viewers were taken in. Many called the BBC wanting to know how they could grow their own spaghetti tree. To this the BBC diplomatically replied, "place a sprig of spaghetti in a tin of tomato sauce and hope for the best."

UFO Lands in London
1989: On March 31, 1989 thousands of motorists driving on the highway outside London looked up in the air to see a glowing flying saucer descending on their city. Many of them pulled to the side of the road to watch the bizarre craft float through the air. The saucer finally landed in a field on the outskirts of London where local residents immediately called the police to warn them of an alien invasion. Soon the police arrived on the scene, and one brave officer approached the craft with his truncheon extended before him. When a door in the craft popped open, and a small, silver-suited figure emerged, the policeman ran in the opposite direction. The saucer turned out to be a hot-air balloon that had been specially built to look like a UFO by Richard Branson, the 36-year-old chairman of Virgin Records. The stunt combined his passion for ballooning with his love of pranks. His plan was to land the craft in London's Hyde Park on April 1. Unfortunately, the wind blew him off course, and he was forced to land a day early in the wrong location.

Whistling Carrots
2002: The British supermarket chain Tesco published an advertisement in The Sun announcing the successful development of a genetically modified 'whistling carrot.' The ad explained that the carrots had been specially engineered to grow with tapered airholes in their side. When fully cooked, these airholes caused the vegetable to whistle.

Big Ben Goes Digital
1980: The BBC reported that Big Ben, in order to keep up with the times, was going to be given a digital readout. The announcement received a huge response from listeners shocked and angered by the proposed change. The BBC Japanese service also announced that the clock hands would be sold to the first four listeners to contact them. One Japanese seaman in the mid-Atlantic immediately radioed in a bid

and one of my favourites

Flying Penguins
2008: The BBC announced that camera crews filming near the Antarctic for its natural history series Miracles of Evolution had captured footage of Adélie penguins taking to the air. It even offered a video clip of these flying penguins, which became one of the most viewed videos on the internet. Presenter Terry Jones explained that, instead of huddling together to endure the Antarctic winter, these penguins took to the air and flew thousands of miles to the rainforests of South America where they "spend the winter basking in the tropical sun."


bekimarie said...

I can remember as a teenager doing the clingfilm over the toilet to my Mum, she wasn't amused lol!

B xxx

Deanna said...

Hahaha! I had not heard of any of those before!

Deanna :D

WinnibriggsHouse said...

Well I never, we were only discussing the spaghetti trees this morning. There have certainly been some brilliant wind ups. Do you remember the Lirpaloof!
Thanks for you comment on my post about the slippers. You are the second person to ask about 'larger' sizes. I think I may have to look into it.
Jenny x

Curry Queen said...

Lol! - love the penguins - hadn't seen that one before!

Josie said...

good ones, not seen all of them before, on my blog today, I've mentioned Ikea's latest product!

Josie x

Taz said...

Beki - no I quite sure your Mum wasn't best pleased! LOL

Deanna - these are British April Fools that they've pulled on us over the years via the media ;)

WinnibriggsHouse - I had to google the Lipraloof sounds similar to this years Google gag :D

CQ - I love the penguins LOL
Josie - I'd love one of those new Ikea chairs for my Monster but think I'd give myself a hernia trying to get him in it :D