It’s customary to play friends and acquaintances on Fun Day, it’s a wonderful and cheerful custom, however, most people on this day are much more attentive to others than on other days, so playing them is not so easy.
Another thing is when the rally comes from any media, which we trust in the established way of life and do not expect any fun rallies from them. In our country, unfortunately, the tradition of rallies from the media is just beginning to form, but in the rest of the world newspapers, radio and television have been testing their people’s sense of humor for several decades and have already made considerable progress in this field.
Below is a list of the most successful media rallies, which not only worked one hundred percent, that is, they caused the expected reaction, but even surpassed it, and in some cases completely beat all the expected results.
The most famous rally in the last century was successful for BBC, which showed April 1, 1957, a TV report about an unprecedented harvest of pasta in Switzerland. Journalists stated that local farmers can not decide what to do with such a large harvest. The reasons for what happened were hidden in the mild winter and the peasants’ victory over the macaroni weevil. This report blew up the British public. Thousands of citizens cut off the telephone lines of the TV company with questions about the method of growing pasta. The journalists responded, using the subtle English humor: “Put the macaroni in a jar with tomato sauce and hope for the best.”
In 1980, the same BBC told April 1 its listeners that soon the famous mechanical clock of Big Ben would be replaced by electronic ones. It is necessary to do this in order to correspond to modern times. This message also stirred the whole public, many called to express their protest, although there were those who asked where and how it will be possible to purchase the remains of the old Big Ben.
In 1998, an article was published in the journal New Mexicans for Science and Reason, which reported that the authorities of the American state of Alabama are going to round the value of the Pi number from 3.1415926 to 3.0. Allegedly, the authorities believe the current value is permanent non-Christian, suggesting that it be rounded to biblical significance. The joke migrated to the Internet, and from there it spread all over the world. Soon the business took a serious turn for the state authorities – calls and indignant letters from all over the world fell.
A joke of the Irish Times newspaper in 1995 that the Disneyland management plans to buy out the body of Vladimir Lenin for the demonstration in the new opening park sounded offensive to the Russians. The press reported that negotiations between the company and the government are in full swing. It was planned to install light-music inside the mausoleum to refresh the pale face of the leader with colored rays.
The April Fools’ joke was the news that American scientists were able to extract the cells of this tyrannosaur and then clone it. The source of valuable material was the skeleton of a dinosaur found in Montana, from which DNA molecules were extracted, cloning them in the laboratory. The press reported that the location of the monster, born in a test tube, is carefully hidden by the authorities, but it is already known that 2 billion dollars have been allocated for the program of further breeding of animals. A flurry of indignation flashed across the world, and in India, even protest marches took place near the American Embassy. Local residents believed that it was here and was the habitat of these animals, so they should be returned to their historical homeland.
Mikhail Zadornov became famous for his notes about the Americans. To the surprise of many in the press there was news that the residents of the American city of Nashville, in Tennessee, sued the satirist. Allegedly, the source of outrage was our former compatriots, who moved to the United States and lost their sense of humor there.The article said: “Zadorny’s speeches, where he constantly mentions stupid Americans, have led to the undermining of America’s credibility in the eyes of the citizens of the CIS countries.” Currently Mr. Zadornov is on the international wanted list and he is engaged in Interpol. ”
Parisians were shocked when on April 1, 1986 the local newspaper Le Parisien announced the upcoming dismantling of the Eiffel Tower. The government has already allegedly decided to move the structure to the worthwhile French Disneyland, and in the old place will be built a stadium for the upcoming Olympic Games.
An interesting rally was organized by a radio station in one of the resort towns of Florida, announcing that the herd of whales is rapidly approaching the shore, which is about to be thrown ashore. Local military humor was not accepted and the boats were sent out to prevent the whales from embodying their insane plan.
The Russians are not lagging behind the jokers, as in 1990 a whole study was published in one of the issues of Sovremennik magazine, which was led by irrefutable evidence that the poet Alexander Blok never ever existed in nature. The note caused a wave of indignation and controversy on this topic.
In 1985, Sports Illustrated magazine delighted the fans with the fact that a newcomer appeared in the New York Mets baseball team, capable of throwing a ball at a speed of 270 km / h. The edition specified that the athlete learned this skill in one of the Tibetan monasteries. The joy of gullible fans was no limit.
In Sweden in 1962, technical experts gave valuable advice on how to make a color black and white TV. It turns out that it is enough to pull a nylon stocking over the screen. The audience believed the experts of the only TV channel at that time, the number of those who forgot to look at the calendar was thousands. In fact, color TVs appeared in the country only in 1970.
Once the management of the American snack chain Taco Bell reported that it buys the Liberty Bell, which is one of the symbols of US independence. Now it will be called Taco Liberty Bell. Angry Americans who did not understand the joke, all day long, called the White House press secretary, Mike McCourry. But he also had an excellent sense of humor, he added fuel to the fire, saying that Ford’s merchants had already sold the Abraham Lincoln Memorial, now called the Ford Lincoln Mercury Memorial.
In 1977, the British newspaper The Guardian joked about its readers, releasing for them a unique seven-page booklet about the state of San Serriffe, located in the Indian Ocean. Of course, such a state never existed, and the fact that it consisted of two islands added a joke to the joke. One of them was in the form of a comma, and the other was in the form of a dot.
In 1992, a joke was made by National Public Radio that Richard Nixon intended to run for president. His slogan sounded like this: “I did not allow any mistakes, and I will not allow them any more”. The indignation of the Americans can be explained by the fact that Nixon was at the head of the country for two consecutive terms, but in this case there were people without a sense of humor.
USA Today magazine reported on April 1, 1998 that from now on the Burger King snack chain is launching a new kind of hamburger, especially for 32 million left-handed lefties. The company asked thousands of right-handed people to avoid discrimination and release a similar product for them. Left-handers rushed to the diner to try new hamburgers, which of course there was not.
In 1995, a note appeared in the Discovery magazine that the Italian biologist April Pazzo discovered in Antarctica a hitherto unknown species of worms. On their heads were placed bone plates that could warm up to a high temperature and allow the creatures to quickly move under the ice.The subject of hunting worms are penguins, in addition, the involvement of a new species in the disappearance of the explorer Philip Poisson in the mainland in 1837 was confirmed. Hot-headed bare worms-borers melt the ice under the penguin and wait for him to fall into the pit, after which they devour him. Dr. Pozzo decided that Poisson could be a victim of treacherous creatures, since in his clothes was very similar to a penguin. The number of responses to the article exceeded everything received for the entire period of the journal’s existence.
In 1976, radio news said the statement of astronomer Patrick Moore that at ten in the morning of the next day Pluto will be behind Jupiter, this will equalize their gravitational fields, thereby reducing the force of gravity of the Earth. The scientist suggested that all wishing to experience the state of soaring, just jumping for it. Not surprisingly, there were hundreds of people wishing to verify the statement, some even stated that they had experienced a brief sense of flight.
Pepsi was pleased with the adolescents in 1994, telling them that it was enough to make a tattoo with the beverage manufacturer’s logo to get a lifetime 10% discount on Pepsi-Cola. Outreach from the teenagers, who wanted to “decorate” themselves, was not.
In Germany, in 1993, one of the radio stations announced that for the inhabitants of the small town of Cologne new rules were introduced, according to which runners in the park should not exceed the speed of 6 miles per hour. Fast athletes, allegedly, interfere with the proteins in the midst of their mating season.
Admirers of comics about Asterisk in 1993 received joyful news from the British “Independent”. It turned out that in France was found 30 century village, in which the legendary hero lived. There were even found coins and an image of Obelix’s favorite dish, a wild boar, and a collection of stones and other ancient objects.
In 1995, the Greek Ministry of Culture reported a sensational discovery. Allegedly, the tomb of Socrates was found with a remnant of a tincture of a hemlock and a piece of a philosopher’s skin. The French “France Press” gladly picked up the news, not paying attention to the comic character of the note.
The English “Daily Mail” in 1981 told readers the story that Japanese marathon runner Kimo Nakashimi took part in the London marathon. The organizers were mistaken in the pronunciation of Japanese words and told the athlete to flee 26 miles rather than 26 miles. The Japanese obediently proceeded to carry out the assignment. The editorial office received many calls that people saw a marathon runner on the roads, but could not stop him. Who was talking about, and remained a mystery, because Mr. Nakashimi was an April Fool’s rally.
The London Times in 1992 announced to its readers that Belgium would soon be dissolved. The northern part of the country will go to the Netherlands, and the southern part to France. There was a big wave of indignation, which could only be reassured by a special TV show by the British Prime Minister.
The rally in several countries was classic, when people were informed about the introduction of a metric time reference system. The new hour should have been exactly 100 minutes.
There are also joke lovers in Denmark, so in 1950 the local television announced that the Leaning Tower of Pisa had finally collapsed. On another occasion, it was announced that the government has the latest technology to detect unlicensed TVs. “Hide” from the observation can only wrapped the receiver with foil. A few hours after the news, there was no foil left on the store shelves.
When the Russian Mafia penetrated the West in the 1990s, no one was surprised at the April 1 news report of ITAR-TASS that soon grenades, encrusted with diamonds, will be sold specially for bandits. The American press began indignantly to discuss Russian lawlessness and gangsters, who even want to kill beautifully. The same agency in 1994 reported the beginning of the release of vodka in bars.Consumers will be offered three flavors: coconut, lemon and pickled cucumber. Also, the appearance of vodka in disposable bags is expected.
Known for his drawings, Discovery magazine in 1996 reported a sensational discovery. Ostensibly, scientists accidentally discovered a new elementary particle – a biogon. The time of its existence is a millionths of a second, and when it is materialized it acquires the size of a ball for bowling.
The Norwegian newspaper Bergens Tidend in 1987 announced the confiscation of 10,000 liters of contraband wine. Residents of the city were invited to the central city store, so that everyone could get their share. As a result, in the morning, sellers saw a crowd of townspeople deceived by the April Fools’ joke with cans and bottles.
In 1997, letters were sent over the Internet warning users that access to the network would be closed from March 31 to April 2, as it would be subjected to General Cleaning. This work will be carried out by five special powerful Japanese robots. This joke was the heiress of the rally about cleaning phone lines, when the owners were asked to attach garbage bags to their phone, so that he would not scatter around the apartment.
The notorious “Independent” in 2000 announced that a special Viagra for animals has been created, which can feed shy hamsters.
About a new pet – a Tasmanian walrus reported by one of the newspapers in Florida in 1984. A small creature, resembling a walrus, has fluffy fur, like a cat, it is very funny, like a hamster, and takes in food cockroaches. To wash the Tasmanian walrus is not necessary at all, only the government in every possible way restrains the growth of the population of these cute animals, so as not to leave the service to combat cockroaches without work.
London radio in 1979 announced that daylight saving time led to the fact that the calendar formed 48 extra hours. It was announced that on April 5 and 12 will be canceled in this years, in order to adjust the time. The most upsetting birthday.
The network of British supermarkets “Tesco” announced in 2002 about the appearance in its assortment of holey whistling carrots. This effect was given by a genetically modified vegetable, but to whistle in all the holes, it is necessary to boil the carrots beforehand.
March 31, 1941 at the Philadelphia Institute Franklin was released a press release, which was then picked up by radio stations. It was reported that on April 1 at 3 pm the end of the world will come, and attention was focused on the fact that this is not a joke. The reaction of the public was not difficult to imagine. Scientists themselves later claimed that they did not make any predictions, as a result, the culprit of the rally was found, it was the press agent who was immediately dismissed from his job.
Particularly famous for its drawings of the BBC, in addition to the jokes mentioned above, the company in 1973 reported the onset of the spread of a dangerous elm disease. The disease affects not only plants, but also red people, as they have in the blood substances similar to those found in the soil. The BBC scared the people with yellow hair that their hair could disappear irretrievably. In 1999, it was announced that the British anthem “God save the Queen” is changing to European, which is also performed in German. The drawing was believed even in the office of Prince Charles – from there they asked to send the text of a new anthem. In 1860, an announcement was made in London. All comers were invited to the annual ceremony of washing white lions. On April 1, many of the simpletons came to gaze at the performance.
Alaska residents on April 1, 1974 found that the old extinguished volcano Edgcombe began to spout smoke clouds into the sky. However, it turned out that the eruption should not have been feared, this idea was arranged by the local joker Porky Bikar, who threw wood into the crater and set fire to them there.But when several years later another volcano woke up nearby, people did not believe it, considering it another joke.
In 1995, the statue of Lenin in the Italian Cavriajo suddenly began to cry white tears. A crowd immediately gathered around, only a few hours later the April Fool’s deception was revealed.
In 1998, one of the bohemian studios in New York hosted an evening of memory of the great abstractionist Nat Tate (1928-1960), who committed suicide, after destroying virtually all of his work. Fragments of the artist’s autobiography were read by the famous David Bowie, he said that the book was about to hit the shelves. Guests were invited to consider a few surviving pictures. And only Bowie, his friend William Boyd, who composed the biography of the artist, and the publisher of the book knew that no Nat Tate had ever existed in nature.
If jokers have a solid capital, then they have great opportunities for realizing their humor. So, the millionaire Horace de Ver Cole in 1919 spent with his wife a honeymoon in Venice. The hotel was surrounded on all sides by water, what was the surprise of the neighbors who discovered on the island a heap of horse dung on the island. It turned out that the joker brought them here on the gondola at night and laid them out so that it seemed that the herd of horses passed through the square in the dark and disappeared into the water again. By the way, the millionaire’s wife eventually left him, tired of the endless rallies. Another rich man, Dick Smith of Sydney, announced that on April 1, 1979 he would deliver to the Australian coast a real Antarctic iceberg. Anyone was offered to buy a cube of clean ice for a symbolic fee of 10 cents. For the city, the coming arrival was an event, hundreds of people met at the iceberg port. However, it began to rain and washed away the foam, which covered the plastic walls of the “ice floe”.
March 31, 1989 in one of the London suburbs villages flying saucer, which scared not only the witnesses but also the police. From the apparatus appeared a small figure in a silver overall. It turned out that the “newcomer” is Richard Branson, a 36-year-old businessman who was able to disguise his balloon so unusual. Joker intended to land on April 1 in London’s Hyde Park, but the wind blew his plans.
The first noteworthy Internet rally took place on April 1, 1984. Then the World Wide Web was just beginning, users were entering the Usenet network. And on this remarkable day many people received a letter from Comrade Chernenko, the secretary general of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. The text of the message said that the USSR was about to join the global network in order to conduct a dialogue with the peoples of America and Europe. The letter ended with a colorful appeal: “Now let’s open a bottle of vodka and drink to our joining this network!” So, to health! K. Chernenko, Moscow, the USSR. ” In Usenet there was a panic, because the Russians penetrated the network, designed for communication between military command centers in the event of the Third World War. The FBI and the CIA received many letters about what had happened, while others, on the other hand, welcomed the Soviet leader for bold and open actions. In fact, of course, our Secretary General did not take part in this. The joke was staged by the Dutchman Pete Beertem. The USSR only connected to the Internet after 6 years.