Recalling wild April Fools' pranks

Luis A. Quibranza III
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Today is April 1. Usually, it is a day when jokes and pranks abound in observance of April Fools’ Day. However, the tomfoolery has subsided not only because this year’s date falls on Holy Thursday, but people are still very much worried about the Covid-19 pandemic.

Today, in honor of crazy pasts and looking forward to when we could do some of these things again, here are some of the craziest pranks ever done on April Fools’ Day.

Fooling with Pi

Math lovers were up in arms when Mark Boslough spread the fake news that lawmakers in Alabama were changing “3.14159” to just “3.” Well, there might be some juice as to why people thought this was possible: In 1897, Indiana lawmakers tried the same thing but proposed Pi as 3.2. (Check out the “Indiana Pi Bill” on Google).

Fooling with pasta

This one’s a classic you must have heard already about. If you haven’t, then you’re in for a treat! A television show in 1957 featured that there was a “Swiss spaghetti harvest,” thanks to the fair weather. A lot of people believed that pasta grew on trees, until they were told the show ran on April 1 and it was an April Fools’ prank.

Fooling with Google

In 2005, Google introduced its latest product, its own drink: Google Gulp. The company stated that it would help ”achieve maximum optimization of your soon-to-be-grateful cerebral cortex.” The company also launched Google Romance, Gmail Paper and Google Voice for Pets.

Fooling with time

In 1980, the BBC said the iconic Big Ben would be getting an update. How? The clock would be changed to digital! This joke was met with a ton of harsh criticism. In fact, the BBC apologized. Whatever happened to time flying when having fun?