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Check out 10 of the creepiest April Fool pranks ever.
It's that time of the year again.
Here are 10 of the most bizarre April Fools pranks.
Number 10 – In April of 1995, Discover Magazine made up a fictional monster-like animal named the ‘Hotheaded Naked Ice Borer’. An article appeared in the magazine claiming that a wildlife biologist discovered the new species, which possessed bony plates on their heads that could become scolding hot, allowing the creatures to tear through ice at rapid speeds.
Number 9 – In the early 1980s the Daily Mail published an article, claiming that about 10,000 bras were causing interference in television broadcasts. A picture showed a model shaking her bra over the TV to test the interference.
Number 8 – In 1972, the British based Veterinary Record released an article warning people about a disease carried by a species commonly kept in households. Panicked residents mailed concerns about the diseases of “Brunus edwardii’, to later find out the term translated to ‘teddy bear’.
Number 7 – In 1949, a male radio deejay in New Zealand informed listeners that there was a mile-wide wasp swarm headed towards Auckland. He urged people to keep honey smeared traps outside their door and to wear their socks outside of their pants as defense mechanisms.
Number 6 – In the 70s, BBC radio enlisted the help of a comedian to play the part of an elderly academic. The fake doctor issued a warning about Dutch Elm Disease, citing human exposure to the disease would cause red hair to turn yellow and eventually fall out.
Number 5 – In 1965, a BBC interview featured a professor who spoke about a new device called “smellovision”. Essentially it was a made-up technology which would allow TV viewers to smell odors from the studio of the show they were watching. The professor demonstrated chopping onions and brewing coffee. A number of viewers called in claiming that they smelt the aromas.
Number 4 – In 2012, Richard Branson's company, ‘Virgin’ offered to fly people to the center of the Earth on the first expedition by “plunging three people into the molten lava core of an active volcano.”
Number 3 - In the early days of Internet in 1996, web users who were signed into AOL faced a gripping title that read “Government source reveals signs of life on Jupiter”. A planetary biologist along with the president of AOL initially backed up the completely fabricated claim.
Number 2 - The Franklin Institute issued a press release on March 31st 1940 which stated “Your worst fears that the world will end are confirmed by astronomers of Franklin Institute, Philadelphia. Scientists predict that the world will end at 3 P.M. Eastern Standard Time tomorrow. This is no April Fool joke.“ Simply put, absolute panic from the public ensued. The Institute's press agent was behind the scheme and he was fired shortly thereafter.
Number 1 – It may not be the most believable, but a BBC report from 2012 boasted the headline “The Earth Has Exploded, Killing Everyone”. The context simply stated “There were no survivors. Everyone is dead. We’re all dead. I am writing this from the afterlife”.