Monday, March 31, 2008

April Fool's and Interfering Brassieres

Tomorrow is April Fool's Day, and I found the Top 100 April Fool's Hoaxes of All Time! Here are a few of my favorites.

#15: The Case of the Interfering Brassieres. In 1982 the Daily Mail reported that a local manufacturer had sold 10,000 "rogue bras" that were causing a unique and unprecedented problem, not to the wearers but to the public at large. Apparently the support wire in these bras had been made out of a kind of copper originally designed for use in fire alarms. When this copper came into contact with nylon and body heat, it produced static electricity which, in turn, was interfering with local television and radio broadcasts. The chief engineer of British Telecom, upon reading the article, immediately ordered that all his female laboratory employees disclose what type of bra they were wearing. HA!

#42: Don’t Disturb the Squirrels. In 1993 Westdeutsche Rundfunk, a
German radio station, announced that officials in Cologne had just passed an unusual new city regulation. Joggers going through the park would be required to pace themselves to go no faster than six mph. Any faster, it was felt, would unnecessarily disturb the squirrels who were in the middle of their mating season.

MY FAVORITE HOAX EVER: Over 200 Improv Everywhere Agents froze in place at the exact same time in Grand Central Station. Commuters and tourists slowed down to notice what was going on.

Do you have a memorable April Fool's Day prank in which you were either the actor or the victim? Share it with me by adding a comment. I can't wait to find out what pranks are pulled this year!