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3 Most Famous April Fools' Day Pranks

3 Most Famous April Fools' Day Pranks

2018-03-29 
| by Editor | Posted in Hitchin Entertainment

April Fools Day 2018

April Fools’ Day takes place on the 1st April every year, although the reason why we celebrate April Fools’ day is debated. The most common claim is that it’s called April Fools’ Day because it began in the 1582, when we switched from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar. Those who forget about the calendar change and tried to celebrate New Year’s (which was previously celebrated on April 1st) became “April fools.”

Whilst widely adopted in Europe and North America, April Fools’ Day isn’t as prevalent in other parts of the world.

Here are the Top 3 April Fools’ Day Pranks throughout history:

1. In 1962, Swedes were told to cover their televisions with stockings for ‘colour TV’.

Sweden’s (then only) television station SVT announced on April Fools’ Day that, thanks to new technology, viewers could convert their black and white TV sets into colour sets simply by pulling a nylon stocking over the television set. The expert claimed that the mesh would cause the light to bend in a way that it would make the image look colourised. Thousands of people were suckered into the joke and Swedes today still remember their mothers and fathers dashing frantically around the house trying to find some nylon stockings.

2. In 1972, Nessie was found in the Loch Ness

In 1972, Newspapers around the world reported that the dead body of the Loch Ness Monster had been found. A team of zoologists from Yorkshire's Flamingo Park Zoo had come across it while working at the Loch. When they tried to take Nessie back to Yorkshire, Scottish police stopped them. The fact that Nessie was actually a large (and already dead) elephant seal was revealed the next day when the Flamingo Park's education officer, John Shields, confessed he planted the fake Nessie Loch to play an April Fool's prank on his colleagues. He admitted the joke got somewhat out of hand when the police became involved.

3. Medieval Instructions on how to cook a unicorn

In 2012, the British Library revealed a ‘miraculous’ discovery from a long-lost medieval cookbook detailing how to cook a unicorn. "Taketh one unicorne," began the instructions, and then marinade it in cloves and garlic before finally roasting it on a griddle. The cookbook even included hand-drawn illustrations, which the library reproduced, showing exactly how the unicorn should be grilled.

 

Sources:

https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/april-fools39-day-origins/

http://time.com/44174/best-april-fools-pranks-ever/

https://edition.cnn.com/2016/03/31/living/april-fools-hoaxes-feat/index.html

 

 

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