Thursday, April 03, 2008

Happy April Fool's Day!

Many fell for SUPERBLOG!!'s April Fool's Day joke this year. Personally I think it's one of our very best April Fool's jokes ever. But throughout history there have been a tiny handful of jokes that reached the same level of greatness. Some of them are mentioned in the Museum of Hoaxes' list of the Top 10 Worst April Fool's Day Hoaxes Ever. Such as Uday Hussein promising people bananas when really, there were no bananas. (Yes! They had no bananas.) I like this one too:

#2: Releasing The Prisoners
Imagine reading that your husband or brother who has been held in a squalid Romanian prison for years is finally going to be released. You make the long journey to the prison and stand outside the prison gates, waiting desperately for the moment you'll be reunited with your loved one, only to hear... 'April Fools! No one's being released!' This experience happened to sixty people in April 2000 who read in the Opinia newspaper that their loved ones were going to be released from the Baia Mare prison in Romania. They made the long journey to the prison, only to learn that the paper had played an April Fool's joke on them.

There's also something to be said for running your April Fool's joke on March 28, because the readers "would've seen through this had I posted it on the 1st" (quoted from the Comments). Brilliant. Every day can be April Fool's Day if you want it to.

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