A big thanks to our friends at Gala for starting this conversation.
On April 1st it will be April Fools and in anticipation of this, Gala Bingo have looked into some of the best hoaxes in recent years and have listed their top pranks.
April Fools’ Day, sometimes also referred to as All Fools’ Day, is celebrated on April 1st every year. While not a national holiday, it is recognized in the calendar across various countries, where people play practical jokes on each other, known as April Fools’.
Over the years, some of the most recognized global businesses have even entered into the spirit of the day and contributed by creating their very own pranks. Google, for example, are a huge company who regularly come up with a creative hoaxes, like in 2002, where they suggested that their basis for ranking websites was decided by specially trained pigeons – a summary of their pranks from 2000-2010 can be found here.
Another internet giant, Youtube, horrified users in 2013 by telling them that it was no longer accepting new video uploads and would be shutting down to review the backlog of previous video content.
In 1998, Burger King announced they had created a ‘Left-Handed Whooper’ only to announce a day later to the public that it was a wind-up, while a more serious and elaborate prank was staged in Alaska in 1974. Here, someone set fire to a pile of tyres on a volcano that had lay dormant for 9,000 years, creating panic and alarm across the local residents. This turned out to be the work of a local joker, who had been planning the prank for four years. Later, a helicopter sent out to investigate found ‘April Fool’ spray-painted in 50ft letters on the mountain!
Whatever you might have planned for April Fools’ this year, make sure you keep your eye out for the pranks that will no doubt be being planned by many for April 1st and try not to get fooled!
To see Gala’s full list of top April Fools’ pranks, visit their site here.