Top 3 April Fool’s Day Hoaxes

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The April Fool’s Tradition

On 1 April, April Fools’ Day is celebrated by playing practical jokes and spreading hoaxes. This is an annual tradition which is wide spread across the globe. It was first mentioned in Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales written in 1392. However the tradition of celebrating foolishness is probably as old as time and has its precursors in the Roman festival of Hilaria, the Holi festival of India, and the Medieval Feast of Fools. In the middle Ages, New Year’s Day was celebrated on 25 March in most European towns, however in some areas of France, New Year’s ended on 1 April. According to some writers, those who celebrated New Year’s on 1 January made fun of those who celebrated on other dates.

The Best Hoaxes

1st of April is the date when you can get a bit of laugh or get laughed at, either ways everyone love it. Even though today is not April Fool’s day, hopefully reading about these famous hoaxes will cheer you up and put a smile on your face. So, here they are! Five best of the best (of the bestest) April Fool’s day hoaxes and believe you me – the people (mostly) loved it! At least those who were laughing did!

  1. A Pitcher: part yogi, part recluse!

In April 1985 Sports Illustrated decided to play a hoax on their readers and have published a story about a rookie pitcher named Sidd Finch who could throw a baseball at 168 mph — 65 mph faster than the previous record. According to the article, Sidd Finch had never played baseball before, but he had mastered the “art of the pitch” in a Tibetan monastery (?) also according to the article he was recruited by the New York Mets to play baseball. Ah, the letters that the Sports Illustrated received! In reality, this story was a compnobodys-foollete non-sense, made up by the author George Plimpton.

  1. Gravity Problems?

In 1976, BBC Radio 2 announced that the Earth’s own gravity would temporarily lessen due to the fact that Pluto was passing behind Jupiter. According to the presenter, who was also a British astronomer, people would experience floating sensation. Not to mention the hundreds of phone calls received by the BBC Radio 2, of many the listeners who have genuinely claimed that they have felt this floating sensation! Oh, the power of media! April Fools!

  1. Aliens In London

Richard Branson played a hoax on Londoners by creating a hot-air balloon shaped like a UFO. Even though he played the hoax one day prior to April Fool’s Day, he still managed to scare off a police man who ran in the opposite direction when he saw a small, silver-suited figure emerging from the UFO.