Monday, 31 March 2008

APRIL FOOL'S DAY

April Fools' Day falls on April 1. Its origins are uncertain till today. Most people take chances to play a joke or some involve hoaxes as long as they are harmless. Many people fall into the jokes of others without realising it. In the Museum of Hoaxes, there list a "Top 100 April Fool's Day Hoaxes of All Times", I've selected #8 and #36 for your reading pleasure which I too find them to be real.

#8. The Left-Handed Whopper. In 1998 Burger King published a full page advertisement in USA Today announcing the introduction of a new item to their menu: a "Left-Handed Whopper" specially designed for the 32 million left-handed Americans. According to the advertisement, the new whopper included the same ingredients as the original Whopper (lettuce, tomato, hamburgepatty, etc.), but all the condiments were rotated 180 degrees for the benefit of their left-handed customers. The following day Burger King issued a follow-up release revealing that although the Left-Handed Whopper was a hoax, thousands of customers had gone into restaurants to request the new sandwich. Simultaneously, according to the press release, "many others requested their own 'right handed' version."
#36: Big Ben Goes Digital In 1980 the BBC reported that Big Ben, in order to keep up with the times, was going to be given a digital readout. It received a huge response from listeners protesting the change. The BBC Japanese service also announced that the clock hands would be sold to the first four listeners to contact them, and one Japanese seaman in the mid-Atlantic immediately radioed in a bid.

So, no matter where you happen to be in the world on April 1, that's tomorrow, don't be surprised if April fool's jokes or hoaxes fall upon you. Just be prepared.

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