Volume No. 18 Issue No. 4 April 2021  



  April Fools’ Day pranks — gone awry

     Left-handed whopper?
   On April 1, 1998, Burger King announced it would now offer a version of the Whopper that had been carefully designed for left-handed folks. The joke was on Burger King, however, when stores across the country were flooded with orders for the left-handed Whopper.
   
   A real cliff-hanger
   In 2001, a disc jockey in England decided to prank his listeners on April 1 by broadcasting that a ship that looked like the Titanic could be seen from the cliffs at Beachy Head in East Sussex. Hundreds of listeners believed him, trekking to the cliffs to catch a glimpse. Unfortunately, all the foot traffic caused a large crack in the cliff face. A few days later, it fell into the sea.
   
   Spaghetti crops?
   On April 1, 1957, the British Broadcasting Corp. told viewers that there had been an “exceptionally heavy spaghetti crop” in Switzerland that year, due in part to “the virtual disappearance of the spaghetti weevil.”
   
   The BBC showed footage of spaghetti harvesters diligently picking noodles from trees. Some viewers were upset — but some called to ask where they could find a spaghetti bush.
   
   All of the above from National Geographic
   
   He was a success anyway
   "When I was about 10 years old, I gave my teacher an April Fools’ sandwich, which had a dead goldfish in it." - Alan Alda
 
 
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