|Over time, there’s been some really clever April Fool’s jokes played on the general public, subscribers or just… anyone willing to listen and believe. Below are a few examples of real notable jokes and pranks. Are you clever enough to come up with something as unique as these?|
Smell-o-vision: In 1965, the BBC played an April Fool’s Joke – the network aired an interview with a man who claimed that viewers at home could experience aromas produced in a TV studio. They went on to demonstrate by cutting onions and brewing coffee, then had “viewers” call in with claims they could smell these scents, thus convincing the viewers it was true.
the Herald-News in Roscommon Michigan reported that 3 of the northern Michigan lakes had been selected for “an in-depth study into the breeding and habits of several species of fresh-water sharks” because 2,000 sharks were released into the lakes including hammerheads, blue and great whites sharks to see if they can survive the bitter cold climate of this region. A rep from the National Biological Foundation was quoted to say “the sharks will eat about 20 pounds of fish each per day, more as they get older”. The article also mentioned that County officials protested the experiment but the complaints were ignored by the federal government. They also claimed that fishermen were forbidden capturing or catching the sharks. the Herald-Newsreceived many letters… go figure.
In 1999, Warner Music and Universal Music Group along with a popular Canadian radio station informed it’s listeners that the Y2K bug would affect all CD players making music discs created prior to 2000 unreadable. Fortunately, a Hologram sticker was available to enable the old-format discs to continue working. The stickers could be purchased for $2 and immediately the phones became jammed both at the record companies and radio station, and everyone was demanding these stickers for free! The calls continued even after the radio station announced it was a joke.
In 1998, fast food giant Burger King posted a full page advertisement in USA Today announcing that they were releasing the “Left-Handed Whopper” for 32 million left handed Americans. The only difference was that the new burger’s condiments were rotated at a 180-degrees “…thereby redistributing the weight of the sandwich so that the bulk of the condiments will skew to the left, thereby reducing the amount of lettuce and other toppings from spilling out the right side of the burger.” Jim Watkins, senior vice president for marketing at Burger King, was quoted as saying that the new sandwich was the “ultimate ‘HAVE IT YOUR WAY’ for our left-handed customers.” Check out the press release: PR Newswire UK
He dined for our sins
totally unrelated to the post, but funny to me….