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Monthly Jokes from Craziestjokes.com Issue #007 -- April 2010
April 01, 2010
and good luck with your pranks today ;-)
While in the last issue we delivered you some April Fool Pranks, today is the time to have a look at some of the world's historical April Fool Jokes.
Here you go:
APRIL FOOL JOKES
In 1957, the BBC News announced that Swiss farmers were enjoying a huge spaghetti crop thanks to the mild winter and elimination of Spaghetti Weevil.
There was even a footage of Swiss farmers pulling spaghetti down from trees.
Many people rang asking how they could grow their own spaghetti tree.
The BBC replied, "place a sprig of spaghetti in a tin of tomato sauce and hope for the best."
National Public Radio's Talk of the Nation program announced in 1992 that Richard Nixon was running for President again.
His new campaign slogan was, "I didn't do anything wrong, and I won't do it again."
Accompanying this announcement were audio clips of Nixon delivering his candidacy speech.
Listeners flooded the show with calls expressing shock.
Only during the second half of the show did the host John Hockenberry reveal that the announcement was an april fool. Nixon's voice was impersonated by comedian Rich Little.
Australia's This Day Tonight news program revealed in 1975 that the country would soon be converting to "metric time."
Under the new system there would be 100 seconds to the minute, 100 minutes to the hour, and 20-hour days.
Furthermore, seconds would become millidays, minutes become centidays, and hours become decidays.
The report included an interview with Deputy Premier Des Corcoran who praised the new time system.
The Adelaide townhall was even shown sporting a new 10-hour metric clock face.
TDT received numerous calls from viewers who fell for the hoax.
One frustrated viewer wanted to know how he could convert his newly purchased digital clock to metric time.
On March 31, 1989 thousands of people driving on the highway outside London looked up in the air to see a glowing flying saucer landing.
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.
In 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.
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.
In 1994, an article in PC Computing magazine described a bill going through Congress that would make it illegal to use the internet while drunk.
The bill was supposedly numbered 040194 (i.e. 04/01/94), and the contact person was listed as Lirpa Sloof (April Fools backwards).
The article said that the FBI was going to use the bill to tap the phone line of anyone who "uses or abuses alcohol" while accessing the internet.
The article generated so many outraged phone calls to Congress that Senator Edward Kennedy's office had to release an official denial of the rumor that he was a sponsor of the bill.
The British astronomer Patrick Moore announced in 1976 on BBC Radio 2 that at 9:47 AM a once-in-a-lifetime astronomical event was going to happen 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 friends had risen from their chairs and floated around the room!!!
(She was probably running an April Fool back on BBC! ;-)))
There are many more of these historical April Fools Jokes on CraziestJokes April Fool Pages
Well you have a great day and see ya again on the 1. May.
I am not going to make a newsletter about labour jokes ;-) so we've finally got a few months ahead where we're not tied to any particular days.. so I suggest the next issue will be about good old marriage jokes.
1. April 2010
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