Merry April Fools: 7 Pranks That Got 'em Good
Written by: Violet Myers
We love a good prank here at North Four. Cling film on the loo seat, salt in the sugar bowl – the more people enraged and bowls of Weetabix ruined the better. In honour of the day of the fool we present to you 7 of the greatest pranks released on the unsuspecting world. These master prankers caused chaos, outrage and shockwaves throughout the media and for that we say thank you!
It’s Your Lucky Day, She’s Gonna’ Blow!
On April 1st 1974 residents of Sitka, Alaska rolled out of their walrus skin beds, said a prayer to their Sarah Palin murals and reinforced a few more Alaskan stereotypes, before looking out of their windows to see Mount Edgecumbe, the volcano that had laid dormant for 400 years, smoking and seemingly ready to ruin their morning. Luckily, this wasn’t the start of a natural disaster but actually one of the world’s greatest pranks. Local resident Oliver “Porky” Bickar had hauled 70 tyres up to the peak and set fire to them, tricking everyone including the coast guard…
Morgan Freeman Lied To Us.
In 2008 the BBC fooled a nation by broadcasting exceptional new footage showcasing ‘The Miracle of Evolution’, in which a group of penguins took to the air and well, fucked right off. The clip was narrated by Monty Python funny man Terry Jones and went on to be one of the most watched videos on the internet.
Ken’s Out Of The Closet.
In 1990 a woman and her daughter were doll shopping in Toys R Us, when they stumbled across a Ken doll looking somewhat more festive than usual. The sealed box contained Barbie’s long standing boyfriend rocking a pink tank top and mini skirt combo. The woman bought the fabulous doll and it wasn’t long before local and national news picked up the story, suggesting that Ken was finally out of the closet. It was soon revealed that a Toys R Us employee had dressed Ken, before resealing the box with glue. Obviously thrilled by the free publicity the prankster had given them, and also being refreshingly in possession of a sense of humour, Toys R Us swiftly fired the employee.
Finally, We’ll Know What Lorraine Kelly Smells Of.
Those sneaky pranksters from the BBC are up to no good again, don’t they have Pointless questions to write? This time in 1965 they managed to convince their audience they had invented ‘smellovision’, encouraging viewers to write in if they had been able to smell the foods they were seeing on their screens. The most embarrassing part? Plenty of people did, with some even claiming to have been brought to tears by the smell of the raw onion.
I Just Totally Love Seasonal Blow Jobs.
Basic bitches (we like to keep our cusses somewhat current) around the world rejoiced when a pumpkin spice flavoured Durex condom started making the online rounds in 2014. The condom, which featured orange packaging, a free copy of The Notebook and the tagline: “because safe sex is important, no matter what season it is”, was soon revealed to be a hoax by a prank loving web designer.
At Last, A Politician We Can All Get Behind.
Cacareco broke records when she received the highest total vote for a local candidate in Brazil’s history to be elected Mayor in 1959, ultimately winning by a landslide. However, she was unable to serve due to her being a five year old African black rhino… didn’t stop Boris Johnson. Yeah, I went there. The prank was set up by students who urged people to vote for her, fully knowing that their vote was going towards a candidate who lived in the local zoo. Locals were so despondent by the other candidates that they happily cast their votes, claiming it ‘was better to vote for a rhino than an ass’.
From Russia With Love.
This very cheeky April Fool’s Day prank caused prim British outrage throughout the UK and is our own personal favourite prank of all time. In 1987, during a tour of Moscow, Margaret Thatcher was caught smooching with Mikhail Gorbachev, the head of the Soviet Union. Pictures included the unlikely pair holding hands, sneaking kisses and pretty much putting the XXX in Marxxxist State. It soon came out that The Daily Mirror had simply hired and posed lookalikes, but had managed to fool thousands.
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