𝗬𝗲𝗮𝗿-𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗱 𝗙𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗮𝗹 𝗦𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗲𝘀 𝟬𝟵 – 𝗔𝗽𝗿𝗶𝗹 𝗙𝗼𝗼𝗹’𝘀 𝗗𝗮𝘆
𝘞𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘢𝘣𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘢𝘯 𝘦𝘭𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘳𝘰𝘯𝘪𝘤 𝘥𝘪𝘴𝘱𝘭𝘢𝘺 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘉𝘪𝘨 𝘉𝘦𝘯?
The classic April Fool’s Day prank is the Big Ben prank that took place in 1980 in the U.K. On the morning of April 1, the BBC, the British national television station, released a news release stating that their national treasure, Big Ben, would be converted from a traditional watch face to an electronic display. Four audiences who first contacted the BBC had the opportunity to receive the hands on the traditional watch face! The Japanese channel of BBC, which carried the news on the same day, was immediately contacted by a Japanese fisherman in the centre of the sea who wanted to get the hands of Big Ben!
The British take pride in the country’s rich history. The older the better. It is to be expected that the BBC would receive a lot of complaints from viewers for turning the classic Goethean design of the old Big Ben into a modern electronic display screen. BBC is still apologizing to overseas viewers for this big joke.
In 1957, the BBC also reported on April Fool’s Day that there were trees in Switzerland that could grow spaghetti. The BBC later clarified that the news report was an April Fool’s prank!
𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘑𝘰𝘺 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘚𝘰𝘳𝘳𝘰𝘸 𝘰𝘧 𝘈𝘱𝘳𝘪𝘭 𝘍𝘰𝘰𝘭𝘴’ 𝘋𝘢𝘺
The origin of April Fool’s Day is widely discussed, but one of the more popular origins comes from the biblical story of Noah sending out a white dove on April 1, just before the end of the Great Flood. The dove did not find anything and returned to the ship because the water had not receded. This ineffective act is regarded as the origin of April Fool’s Day.
April Fools’ Day is celebrated in different countries around the world, where people are allowed to play jokes on each other. In the UK, April Fool’s Day ends before 12 noon. After 12 noon, it is the time for pranks to unravel. One of the most classic jokes is to tell the other person that their shoelaces are loose, and when they look down at their shoes, they can tell them, “April Fool!” You may get a good laugh from your friends!
One of the most memorable and heartbreaking Hong Kong stories related to April Fool’s Day is that of Hong Kong singer-songwriter Leslie Cheung, who decided to die on April 1 at the Mandarin Hotel in Hong Kong. The news of his sudden suicide shook the city and many people thought it was just an April Fool’s Day prank after hearing the news. When the news was later confirmed to be true, many loyal fans were heartbroken and overseas Chinese fans were also shocked. Starting with “Gor Gor (Our brother, Cheung’s nickname )”, April Fool’s Day is a day of mourning for him in Hong Kong. His classic songs were also replayed in Hong Kong.
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