Friday, 30 March 2012

April Fools Day Pranks


April Fools Day Pranks
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On April 1st millions of people will once again be attempting to play pranks on unsuspecting victims or make up random, often believable stories. To celebrate this fantastic day of fun and mischief I have put together a few of the funniest stories I have found from April Fools Days of the past.
In 1999 the Singapore Straits Times reported that a 17-year-old high school student had created a small computer program that would easily solve the famous Millenium bug. The student had supposedly devised the program in twenty-nine minutes while solving an algebra problem for his homework. His family and a technology consulting group were reportedly forming a joint venture called ‘Polo Flair’ to make money from the discovery. Numerous journalists and computer specialists contacted the Newspaper requesting more information about the program. Unfortunately neither the boy nor his ingenious program existed. It turned out that ‘Polo Flair’ was an anagram of ‘April Fool.’
In 1993 a DJ at KGB-FM in San Diego, announced that the space shuttle Discovery had been diverted from Edwards Air Force Base to Montgomery Field, a small airport just outside San Diego. Thousands of people immediately headed towards the landing site, causing enormous traffic jams that lasted for almost an hour. Police eventually had to be called in to clear the traffic. There was no such shuttle in space at that time and Montgomery Field was far too small to accommodate a shuttle anyway. The police were certainly not impressed. They decided to send a bill to the radio station to cover the cost of the prank.

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