APRIL FOOLS’ JOKES THAT WORKED LIKE CRAZY
PC Computing magazine “reported” in 1994 that the US Congress was considering a bill to ban drinking while using the internet. Since imbibing is outlawed while driving on highways, it should be illegal on the information superhighway, right? Angry constituents actually forced Massachusetts Senator Edward Kennedy’s office to formally deny that he was sponsoring the bill.
Burger King took out an ad in 1998 introducing a Whopper designed especially for left-handers. The new burger would contain the same ingredients as those for righties, but rotated 180 degrees. Thousands of customers reportedly swarmed the fast-food outlets requesting the southpaw sandwich.
In 2000, the UK’s Daily Mail touted the benefits of a new line of socks, FatSox, that “sucked body fat out of sweating feet”. The user could then simply wash the socks – and the fat – away.
In 2009 the Swiss Tourism Board “revealed” just why the Alps are so pristine. Every day, members of the Swiss Association of Mountain Cleaners scaled the Alps to scrub and polish them. Scores of people took the online test to see if they qualified to join the high-altitude clean team.