Spring is definitely in the air at Prime Slots and we’re already looking ahead to how we can have some fun over the next few months. There is one big day coming up on the calendar which is the 1st of April – better known as April Fools’ Day.
April Fools’ Day is one of Britain’s oldest fun days and is famous – or notorious – as an opportunity for playing practical jokes on the unsuspecting. The tradition of April foolery goes back hundreds of years and is possibly at least a thousand years old.
In Britain and countries that have shared traditions with Britain, April Fools’ tricks can only be played until midday. If you try it on after 12:00 the joke is on you and you’re the April Fool!
You’re never too Old to be a Prankster!
If you think that April Fools’ jokes are just for children think again. Most daily newspapers and many news stations will run a spoof news story or announcement and invariably millions of people are caught out. We’re so conditioned to believe what we read in the papers that even the strangest stories seem plausible. Or perhaps deep down we think that the world’s a crazy place and nothing seems too unbelievable.
Swiss Spaghetti Farmers
The BBC’s prestigious current affairs program Panorama is usually about as serious as it gets and isn’t the kind of show that you’d expect to play jokes on viewers. But they set the pranksters standard back in 1957 with a hoax feature on spaghetti trees in Switzerland. Panorama broadcast fake footage of Swiss farm workers harvesting spaghetti from trees and claimed that a serious pest the Spaghetti Weevil had been successfully eradicated. The BBC was apparently contacted by hundreds of people wanting to know how they could grow spaghetti trees. Fortunately these days most people know that spaghetti is an Italian dish that originates in the forests of Northern Italy.
Below are some examples of good April Fools’ tricks that we heard about over the years:
American fast food chain Taco Bell took out a full page ad in the New York Times announcing that they had bought America’s iconic Liberty Bell (almost a national symbol) and were renaming it the Taco Liberty Bell. The publicity that they generated was well worth the cost of the ad and the prank is still being talked about today.
West Midlands radio presenter Nic Tuff possibly broke all records for sheer front when he phoned up Nelson Mandela and pretended to be Tony Blair in 1998. The conversation continued until Nic mentioned April Fools’ Day and President Mandela abruptly hung up.
In Copenhagen in 2001 passersby were astonished to see a car from the new subway that had burst through the pavement in a shower of bricks and sand. In fact it was a scrapped vehicle that had been cut to size and carefully placed on the street. The debris around it had been borrowed from a building site and carefully arranged in place.
Win a Brand New Kia Picanto!
If you’re planning on livening up the office or playing a joke on a family member or friend on April Fools’ Day there are plenty of ways forward. We’re offering a prize of brand new Kia Picanto* for the best report of an April Fools’ Trick. It could be something that you did, it could be a joke that was played on you, or just something that you heard about.
The main thing is that the prank should be genuinely funny and didn’t cause any real harm or damage (and was completed before midday on April 1st). If it was done without spending any cash that’s a big plus!
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