April Fool’s Day and The Media

Spaghetti Tree in Switzerland

Spaghetti Tree in Switzerland

The tradition of April Fool’s Day goes back to the introduction of the Gregorian calendar in 1582 which shifted the date of New Year’s Day from April 1st to January 1st. People in France continued to celebrate the start of the New Year on April 1st for several years and were labelled “April fools.”

The media likes to keep up the tradition of celebrating April Fool’s Day. Below is a short documentary teaser introduced by Terry Jones of Monty Python fame which caused quite a “flap of feathers” when it was released.

Google couldn’t wait to get a “bit” of the action for April Fool’s Day, turning Google Maps into prehistoric 8-bit pictures.

The Guardian newspaper of the UK even falls prey occasionally to  pranks proving that even a guardian of best practices in media and journalism caves into April Fool’s Day reports.

The best known and most celebrated prank by the media goes back to 1957 and a BBC broadcast called The Spaghetti Harvest

Yes, there are lot’s of serious issues happening on a daily basis in the world around us. There is always time on April 1st to fool around.

Here’s a list of some of the best media pranks of all time on Aprillllllle Foooles Daye.

My personal favorite was telling my son and his pal that the police would be showing up for them because they had trespassed on a neighbor’s property. “My parent’s are going to kill me!,” my son’s friend said. I decided to come clean and save the kid’s mother from having to do a load of laundry.

In other news I am the sole winner of the $640 million mega millions. And now this!

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4 thoughts on “April Fool’s Day and The Media

  1. One of the best ones ever was on “All Things Considered” some years ago. They had a story about a proposed coffee bean pipeline running from Seattle to New York City. The producers even engaged a congressional rep from North Dakota to express his outrage about such a thing running through his state. 🙂

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