Apparently, the earliest reference to April Fool’s day was in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. In 1392. Who knew?!
What’s more, the pranky, hoaxy, tricksy day is enjoyed world wide. Newspapers across the globe print false headlines. Friends and family play practical jokes on one another. Sales of Jackass and Jackass II skyrocket.
(Ok, I’m kidding on that last one–April Fool’s!!! Ha…Ugh, that was soooo not funny.)
So, gang, dish. What’s the funniest prank you’ve played on someone?
To get the ball rolling, here are some examples…
1962–Instant Color TV…all watchers had to do was put a nylon stocking over their black and white TV screen and they’d see in color. Thousands of people fell for it.
1996–The Taco Liberty Bell…Taco Bell announced they purchased the Liberty Bell and renamed it the Taco Liberty Bell. As you can imagine, people were outraged.
1989–UFO Lands in London…a hot air balloon styled to look like a UFO lands near London, freaking out locals.
I think Mark Twain sums it up best:
The first of April is the day we remember what we are the other 364 days of the year.