April 1st is one of my favourite days of the year. The snow is mostly gone, there is more daylight and its the one day the entire world sets aside to prank one another.
Now, anyone who knows me well, knows that I love pranks. I have done everything from swapping keyboard keys, to glueing the objects on an entire desk to its surface, to convincing a new co-worker that she had to take her radio home because of office bylaws. It brings me strange comfort to find ways of torturing the gullible and unsuspecting.
In honour of April Fools, I found three pranks that I wish I would have thought of. I encourage you to read them and plan your own ways of making tomorrow a day to remember.
Left Handed Whoppers
In 1998, Burger King ran an ad in USA Today, saying that people could get a Whopper for left-handed people whose condiments were designed to drip out of the right side. Not only did customers order the new burgers, but some specifically requested the “old”, right-handed burger. (source)
Instant Color TV
In 1962 there was only one tv channel in Sweden, and it broadcast in black and white. The station’s technical expert appeared on the news to announce that, thanks to a new technology, viewers could convert their existing sets to display color reception. All they had to do was pull a nylon stocking over their tv screen. Thousands of people were taken in. (source)
Dutch Elm Disease Infects Redheads
In 1973 BBC Radio broadcast an interview with an elderly academic who discoursed on the government’s efforts to stop the spread of Dutch Elm Disease. He described some startling discoveries that had been made about the tree disease. Apparently it was found that exposure to Dutch Elm Disease immunized people to the common cold. Unfortunately, there was a side effect. Exposure to the disease also caused red hair to turn yellow and eventually fall out. This was attributed to a similarity between the blood count of redheads and the soil conditions in which affected trees grew. Therefore, redheads were advised to stay away from forests for the foreseeable future. (source)