People were pranked at the office, online and on air yesterday as Australia embraced and endured April Fools’ Day.
Google invited people to play Pac-Man on Google Maps, setting out the game’s instructions in four easy steps.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics released a statement which said people who had more birthdays lived longer – go figure. Linked to the ABS report on births, deaths and marriages, the statement said: “Our latest figures show that people who have the most birthdays live the longest.”
Kyle Sandilands pranked his co-host Jackie O, and brought her to tears. The vision on the KissFM website shows Jackie O’s heavily pregnant personal assistant run to the toilet to pour water down the front of her jeans and quickly run back out, telling Jackie, “I think my water just broken [sic]” as she cries and walks towards her boss.
Famous April Fools’ Day jokes have included the Spaghetti havest story broadcast by the BBC in 1957. The three-minute video shows scenes of harvest time on Swiss spaghetti farms, and a family eating freshly picked spaghetti grown as part of a “bumper spaghetti crop”.
Another famous joke was carried out by The Guardian in 1977, which featured a seven-page “special report” about a non-existent island called Sans Serriffe, a small republic in the Indian Ocean made up of two islands in the shape of a semi-colon.
In 1974, a 50-year-old prankster in Sika, Alaska, Oliver Bickar, stacked a huge pile of old tires atop an Alaskan volcano and set it on fire. He spray-painted in the snow “April Fools” in 50-foot-high black letters. The townspeople woke to what seemed to be an erupting volcano on their doorstep and panicked. – Memu Conteh
Top image by Mohammad Rassawala.