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The Worst Instances Of April Fool’s Jokes Gone Wrong

When properly executed, an April Fools’ Day
joke is perfect for raising a smile, a clap, and a sporting “well done” — even from the
intended victim. Sometimes, though, the best laid pranks of
mice and men blow up in the practical joker’s face — in very serious ways. Here’s a look at April Fool’s jokes gone wrong
throughout history. Google’s mic-drop Between their doodles and their adorable self
driving car thing, Google has a pretty decent track record of making people smile. And their April Fool’s Day jokes are usually
no different. But in 2016, things went horribly awry thanks
to the terrible decision to add a “mic drop” button to their standard email program, which,
when pressed, would instantly send the recipient a popular Despicable Me animated gif. That may not sound too bad on the surface,
but two major technical issues turned it into a nightmare for some users. Firstly, there didn’t seem to be any way to
get responses to the email, which was a major problem given that the “mic drop” button was
located right next to the “send” button. The result was thousands of people accidentally
sending the Minions to family, friends, clients, co-workers, and bosses. At least one person reported getting fired
as a result. The web lords later removed the button, issuing
a broad apology, but the damage was already done. Bear bangers For the leader of the Snowbirds — the famed
Canadian military aerobatics group — an explosives-laden prank resulted in some very
unamusing consequences. On April 1, 2000, a gathering at Moose Jaw,
Saskatchewan military base went wrong when a prank involving a “bear banger” — an explosive
meant to scare off bears — placed in the officer’s mess caused several minor injuries. The Canadian military also wasn’t amused when
base commander Colonel Marc Oulette tried to sweep the incident under the rug, so they
relieved him of command. Who’s laughing now? Another War of the Worlds Reports of panic in the streets after Orson
Welles’ infamous radio broadcast War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells may have been exaggerated,
but the panic was very real in 2010 when the Jordanian newspaper Al Ghad printed a feature
about a UFO landing in the town of Jafr. The mayor scrambled security forces, scouring
the town for alien invaders, and a mass evacuation was planned before the joke was revealed. Not everyone was amused, as the newspaper
was forced to issue an apology. But hey. It could have been worse. “I woke up in a dirty metal dome and, uh,
40 little gray aliens watched me pee in a steel bowl.” King of the hill Back in 1980, Boston TV news producer Homer
Cilley — yes, his name was actually “silly” — wanted to have a blast on April Fools’
Day. So he faked one. As viewers tuned in to WNAC-TV’s daily broadcast,
they caught a disturbing news blurb about Great Blue Hill, a hill located in the nearby
suburb of Milton. According to the bulletin, the sedate mound
was suddenly oozing lava, spewing flames, and could pop off at any moment. Cilley upped the ante by including real footage
from Mt. St. Helens eruptions, and even dubbing in warnings from then-president Jimmy Carter. Despite Cilley including a card that read
“April Fool” at the end of the segment, hundreds of panicked citizens flooded law enforcement
phone lines, and the station fired Cilley for “failure to exercise good news judgment.” Aww. Drinking problem As part of their April 1st broadcast in 2013,
Florida deejays Val St. John and Scott Fish got into some chemically clever hijinks. The shock jocks opened the spigot on a story
involving a local outbreak of dihydrogen monoxide oozing out of area faucets. Dihydrogen monoxide, a.k.a. H20, is, of course,
just plain tap water. But panicked listeners freaked out, forcing
the utility company to issue a statement that the water was totally fine. “They were asking about the water quality,
and that’s what we wanted to reassure them: That the water was safe to drink.” The DJs were suspended and barely avoided
felony charges. Jeez, can’t anyone take a joke any more? Don’t try this at home On April 1, 2015, a resident of a campus apartment
complex near Grand Valley State University in Allendale Township, Michigan, thought it
would be funny to throw firecrackers around the house. Take a guess what happened next. Thankfully, all the residents managed to flee,
and the fire department arrived before the botched prank burned the whole place down. For future reference: putting explosives in
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30 thoughts on “The Worst Instances Of April Fool’s Jokes Gone Wrong

  1. I have some worse ones. Fake news about a Batman CW show titled "The Bat" and a bullshit trailer for The Matrix 4

  2. Most online AF pranks are a bad idea because too many will show up on March 31st and stick around long after April 1st.

  3. I gave someone a cup of diarea with milk in it once and told them it was vanilla chocolate milk. I even s
    drank a cup of it first!good prank!

  4. considering the state of the water situation in Flint Michigan and other places im sure people being upset over something weird sounding in their water is pretty reasonable.
    also the word monoxide lol

  5. It's not the same thing but heard once of a UK movie theatre getting closed down for promoting a March 31st 23:59 showing of the then long since banned A Clockwork Orange (the ban was still some years from being lifted). Of course people caught on when they started making plans to go see it but the police didn't and shut the place down before the prank would have been carried out

  6. I just switched from looper video to a grunge video and I didn't realize till I noticed this annoying shite sounded different his voice is deeper than the looper guy

  7. Do people actually fall for that Dihydrogen Monoxide thing? I came up with that when I was 7. Like, I'm not saying I'm the first person ever to come up with it, but I definitely thought of it on my own, then set out to terrorize the neighbourhood boys with water balloons (which didn't work because they caught on too).

  8. You left one out. On April 1, 1946, a huge earthquake struck an unpopulated area of the Aleutian Islands. The quake generated a tsunami that made a beeline for Hawaii. People ran through the streets of Hilo, shouting, "TSUNAMI !!! TSUNAMI !!!" But nobody took it seriously, because this USED TO BE a common prank in Hawaii. This time, it was dead serious; and the people, thinking it was just a joke, ignored the warning. To this day, Hawaiians don't DARE joke about tsunamis.

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