It's the 1st of April!
So, remember to do a prank or two of the ones you got in the last newsletter..
This time, let's have a look at some more famous pranks..
In 1998, Burger King announced a new item to their menu: a "Left-Handed Whopper", which was especially designed for left handed people. It had all the same the same ingredients as the original Whopper, but they are all rotated 180 degrees for left-handed customers. Thousands of customers went into restaurants to buy the new burger. And that's only the amount of left-handed believers!
Hotheaded Naked Ice Borers
In 1995, the Discover Magazine reported that biologist Dr. Aprile Pazzo had discovered a new species in Antarctica - the hotheaded naked ice borer. The top of the head of those animals could become so hot that they could bore themselves through ice and so travel through the ice at high speeds. She also found that they hunted penguins by melting the ice beneath them. It was even suggested that hotheads were responsible for the disappearance of the explorer Philippe Poisson in 1837. It was quoted "To the ice borers, he would have looked like a penguin." Record amount of mail was recieved - there was more response than to any other article in the whole magazin's history.
New Zealand Wasp Swarm
In 1949, Phil Shone, deeray for a New Zealand radio station announced that a mile wide wasp swarm was heading towards Auckland. It warned people to protect themselves and their homes, suggesting that they leave wasp traps outside their doors and wear their socks over their pants. Hundreds of people did so until he admitted that it was a joke. The New Zealand Broadcasting Service was not happy about Shone's hoax. It said it wasn't honest reporting and urged all radio stations to only report truth from then on.
The Skyforest Orange-Bearing Pine Trees
In 1950, the cedar and pine trees along the Rim of the World Highway in Southern California had grown oranges over night. Cartoonist Frank Adams and the residents of Skyforest, a nearby town, hung 50,000 oranges in the trees during the night. The oranges came from the the recent National Orange Show in San Bernardino.
The Sydney Iceberg
In 1978, Dick Smith, a Sydney millionaire, had been talking about towing an iceberg to Sydney Harbour from Antarctica. On the 1st of April it apparently happened. He said he was going to turn it into a lot of ice cubes and sell them to the public. If only it didn't start raining.. the shaving cream and firefighting foam were washed away and the hoax was uncovered.
Thomas Edison Invents Food Machine
In 1878, the New York Graphic announced that Thomas Edison invented a machine that would turn water to wine and soil to food. Newspapers all published the story and there were plenty of people believing that the problem of world's hunger was solved forever.
In 2002, the successful development of a genetically modified 'whistling carrot' was announced in an advertisement by the British supermarket chain Tesco. The ad said the carrots had been specially engineered to grow with air holes that caused the vegetable to whistle when cooked.
Instant Color TV
In 1962 there was only one TV channel in Sweden, and TVs were only black and white. The station's technical expert, Kjell Stensson, said on the news that it was now possible to turn a black and white TV to a colour one by pulling a nylon stocking over the screen, and demonstrated the process. Thousands of people tried :-)
Have a great day and see ya next month :-)
1. February 2011
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