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post #1 of 10 Old 03-25-2011, 08:35 PM - Thread Starter
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Tell us the best April Fools Joke that you've been a part of or observed, whether in life in general, marriage, school, AVS Forum, anywhere in the entire Universe or parallel dimensions or prior incarnations or reincarnations!!@@@

And if you tell some good ones just mebbe I'll tell you mine!

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I remember years back in a major electronics magazine, new products section (April edition), where National Semiconductor had this little blurb for their newly developed DED (Darkness Emitting Diode).... had a caption picture of what looked like an LED that someone had painted black. Fooled everyone, at least for a little while! They claimed they got a ridiculous number of telephone calls asking where the item could be purchased.
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My old sales guy had a guy at the last company that he worked for that was a royal PITA, so on April Fools he unscrewed the mouthpiece of his old style telephone and dropped a cooked prawn in, put the mic back in and screwed the cap back on. It took about 4 days for the prawn to start rotting, and of course it was only the guy that could smell something really foul, but had no idea where it was coming from. After a week, the smell went away.

I pulled one over on my sales guy a few years later. We were both playing the 'new' pinball game that came with one of the Windows versions, so I called him at home and told him that I found out something very cool with the game: Depending on how you tilted the monitor, it would affect how fast the ball moved on the screen, as it changed the amount of gravity of the ball.

He spent the next 2 hours that night playing pinball, and reported back the next day that I was right. Of course, there's no correlation between the game and the monitor, and he was the type of guy that rarely fell for anything, so I felt really good about that one.

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Courtesy: http://www.museumofhoaxes.com/hoax/a...e/display/C428

City of Providence Closes For Day (1986)
Carolyn Fox, a disc jockey for WHJY in Providence, Rhode Island, announced that the 'Providence Labor Action Relations Board Committee' had decided to close the city for the day. She gave out a number for listeners to call for more information. The number was that of a rival station, WPRO-AM. Reportedly hundreds of people called WPRO, as well as City Hall and the police. Even more called into their offices to see if they had to go into work. WHJY management later explained that it had never imagined its joke would have such a dramatic impact on the city.


I was working construction in Providence that day and remember that there was very little traffic on the highways.

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Many years (decades?) ago, a local TV station did a news piece about our city selling many of the artworks - statues, stained glass windows and such - that decorate our city hall, a 100+ year old Romanesque style building that is on the national historical register... in order to generate revenue.

This was done at a time long before many major cities faced their current financial crises, so the piece was jaw-dropping at first, then humorous when one realized that they couldn't possibly be serious... especially when the piece ended with plans to turn the building's courtyard into a public swimming pool.

With the current furor over state and municipal budget crises, if this story were to air today there would likely be protest marches!

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One of the most memorable on a U.S, National level was the SI one, cited here:

http://metsmerizedonline.com/2010/04...enty-five.html

The perps sure had a lotta downtime on the offseason...

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Was always fond of this one: http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hothe...aked_Ice_Borer

Hotheaded naked ice borers, in the 1995 April discover magazine.

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I actually kind of like the latest Lirpra Labs speaker review in April S&V. Pretty funny.
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every April 1, Lectrosonics does a press release for some new product. (they are one of the leading companies that sell wireless mics) and they are great. here are a few!

http://www.prosoundweb.com/article/l...ta_this_world/

http://www.audiobanter.com/showthread.php?t=56404

http://www.prosoundnews.com/article/16112

http://www.lectrosonics.com/Press-Re...ion-40110.html

http://www.gearslutz.com/board/so-mu...icrophone.html

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a Local news channel did a segment on a baseball player who was discovered somewhere in Africa. This individual was expected to be the greatest pitcher that was ever found. He had a average of like 115 m/h pitch with pin point accuracy.

This pitcher was found in a remote village in the middle of some African jungle. he was a hunter for his tribe and his method of hunting was throwing rocks and animals and knocking them out with 1 blow. I wish I could show you the footage I just about pissed in my pants watching it. Birds falling out of the skies, monkeys falling off trees antelopes toppling over. I swear it was great.

They kept on going with interviews of key baseball officials, owners press etc. in the end they let out on it being an April fool's joke. Totally kick ass
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