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APRIL FOOLS DAY in U.K. April 1, 2008

Filed under: 1 April — philjohnson @ 10:54 am
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April Fools Day or All Fools’ Day is not actually a holiday but is celebrated in many countries on April 1. The day is marked by the carrying out of jokes and hoaxes on friends, enemies and neighbours. The 1st of April appears to have been observed as a general festival in the United Kingdom for many years and has also spread to other countries, particularly English – speaking ones such as Australia and USA. On this day, lots of children (and those who still have a childish personality !) will trick people into thinking, for example, that they are wearing odd shoes or their hair is an absolute mess or maybe that someone standing just behind them is about to attack ! It is mostly harmless fun and brightens up the day for many. Over the years there have been some elaborate, complex pranks carried out including : · Spaghetti trees: In 1957 the BBC T.V. programme Panorama showed Swiss people collecting spaghetti from trees. A large number of people contacted the BBC wanting to know how to cultivate their own spaghetti trees. It was in fact filmed in the U.K.· Left Handed Whoppers: In 1998, Burger King ran an advert in USA Today, saying that people could get a Whopper (beefburger) for left-handed people. Not only did customers order the new burgers, but some specifically requested the “old”, right-handed burger. · Tower of Pisa: The Dutch television news reported once in the 1950s that the Tower of Pisa had fallen over. Many shocked people contacted the station. · BBC Radio 2 : In 2004 The Jeremy Vine Show reported that Germany had dropped the Euro but, as the German Mark was no longer in existence, they were in to adopt the British pound. Outraged listeners called by the hundreds to say that such a move would be an assault on the British.· Free concert: Radio station 98.1 KISS in Chattanooga, USA, falsely announced in 2003 that rapper Eminem would be doing a free show in a store’s car park. Several police were needed to deal with traffic overflow. The DJs responsible were later jailed for creating a public nuisance. Also, radio station WAAF 107.3 in Boston announced that rock group Pearl Jam were having a free concert in a false city in New Hampshire. A fuel station there reported large numbers of car drivers stopped in asking for directions to the town which did not exist !

Does anything like this happen in your country ?

The top 100 April Fool hoaxes of all time can be seen at :


2 Responses to “APRIL FOOLS DAY in U.K.”

  1. Gina Says:

    Very funny!
    I was thinking about the spaghetti trees story.
    it would be very useful!

  2. Liliana Mihalachi Says:

    I remember my English teacher told me about the spaghetti trees joke when I was a pupil. Really funny!


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