April Fools’ Day has come and gone but not without getting the best of some people. Yes, some of the jokes backfired, as we’ve talked about before.
But it shouldn’t be a surprise that a lot of people still fall for these pranks, especially the elaborate and well-executed ones. Many of them are quite entertaining, particularly if they happen to other people. Here are 10 that we saw this year. Which ones did you fall for?.
10The Observer Reported That An Italian Firm Had Created Brexit Emoji, And The BBC Fell For It
The BBC is a master of April Fools’ jokes. One of the best aired on April 1, 1957, when it claimed that people in Switzerland were planting spaghetti on their farms. Many UK citizens fell for the prank and called the BBC to inquire as to how they could plant their own spaghetti. The joke is even cited as being the first April Fools’ joke ever aired on television.
In 2018, the hunters became the hunted. The Observer newspaper published an elaborate prank, and the BBC fell for it—on live television.
The Observer reported that a tech firm in Gibraltar, Italy, had released two Brexit-themed emoji. They were the Brexit Bulldog for pro-Brexit supporters and the Starry Blue for the anti-Brexit movement.
Roger Johnson and Babita Sharma were hosting BBC Breakfast when they took on the story. They fell for it and could not even hide their love for the two emoji. That continued until viewers started calling in to say that the emoji were an April Fools’ joke.
The broadcasters only realized their predicament 10 minutes after they first reported on the emoji. Johnson congratulated the newspaper on its successful prank and proceeded to the other business of the day.
Apparently, neither host spoke Italian. If they had, they would have realized that the newspaper story’s byline, “Scherzo Primavera,” was Italian for “Joke of Spring.”
9The European Union Said It Was Switching To Dark Blue Passports
Still on Brexit, the European Parliament office in the UK jokingly tweeted on April 1, 2018, that the European Union was dumping its burgundy-colored passports for dark blue ones. It reported that the change would go into effect in March 2019. This came after the UK had agreed to switch its burgundy passports to dark blue passports.
Although it was not compulsory, European Union rules suggested that every member state adopt burgundy passports. All EU member states except Croatia use burgundy passports. Croatia opted for dark blue passports because the burgundy passports resembled the red ones issued when the nation was still a part of Yugoslavia.