Friday, April 1, 2011

You Could Have Fooled Me

Happy April Fool's Day!  I hope everyone is staying out of too much trouble?  Here are a few of my favorite pranks that I've stumbled across:

1. The Left-Handed Whopper

In 1998 BK "unvieled" the left-handed Whopper, where all the ingredients were rotated 180 degrees to satisfy their lefty customers.  Apparently it was quite frequently requested the following day, though several right-handed folks made sure to request the original, right-handed version.

2. Dihydrogen Monoxide
Sounds dangerous doesn't it?  While not specifically an April Fool's Day prank, I had to include this one.

Dihydrogen monoxide is a fancy name for... water.  This hoax can be traced back to the Coalition to Ban Dihydrogen Monoxide, a hoax organization started by Craig Jackson.  Among the many things it warned against were dihydrogen monoxide being a major component of acid rain, that it contributes to the greenhouse effect, that it can cause severe burns, and that it is fatal if inhaled.  This prank has been replicated several times since- and can always be reproduced with some of your less chemistry inclined friends!

3. LA Highways Down for Repair

In 1987 a LA DJ announced that all LA highways would be shut down for an entire month for repairs starting April 8th.  Since LA is absolutely dependent on these highways, most residents who heard (and believed) the DJ were in a state of panic.  The station and the California Highway Patrol were flooded with calls for the rest of the day.  Understandibly, the Highway Patrol did not think the prank was that funny.

4.  Walled In
A video prank- and my favorite office prank of all time!

The moral of all this?  Remember what day it is and take everything with a grain of salt and some good humor!

1 comment:

  1. And I've decided to become a man.

    No, I suck at pranks. Happy April Fools!