That being said, the first day of April, aka April Fools' Day, is not a favorite day of mine. Back in the days when I had a job outside the home, most of them at hospitals and a high school, someone was always pulling a prank-- more serious than pouring a bottle of bubble bath in a fountain. Some of that off-color humor was simply not funny.
I'm not going to delve into the baffling and debated origins and history of this date on the calendar. Suffice it to say that hundreds, maybe thousands of countries entertain themselves with a day such as our April Fool's Day, pulling pranks, hoaxes and harmless jokes.
- Spaghetti trees:
In 1957 the BBC television program Panorama ran a hoax showing spaghetti being harvested from trees and claimed that, finally the evil spaghetti weevil had been eradicated! Woo-hoo! Lots of people contacted the BBC to ask...can you guess?
a spaghetti tree?
Dozens of viewers called in to say it worked!
"Android Ambient Odor Detection." Using scientific verbage like photons and molecules and infrasound waves, Google staffers explained exactly how this remarkable product worked. And like the BBCers, a video explaining this feature for mobile systems was available. Imagine having access from your cell phone to 15 million "scentibytes" from all over the world!
Because this came from Google, and we all know that we can believe everything we read, there were a lot of gullible people out there who believed that prank.
What a vision that must have been: a squadron of stumpy, flippered, black and white zeppelins with beaks.
As I was composing this post it occurred to me what exactly I don't like about pranks. If I fall for one, then I'm embarrassed and look pretty stupid. Both of those do not make me happy. Just ask the MOTH-BNTB. :-
Any memorable pranks of your own, either done or done to?