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Top 10 Best Ever April Fool’s Day Prank From Around The World

Top 10 Best ever April fool's Day Prank

1st April is being known traditionally as Fool’s Day, April fool’s day or All fool’s Day in many countries particularly in western culture. It is an odd celebration celebrated for the sense of humor usually involves harmless jokes, pranks and hoaxes which are socially sanctioned. Although, there is a huge list of April fools pranks and hoaxes but few of which get most popular and still confusing the people. Here is the list of top 10 all the time most Popular April fools Pranks or hoaxes.

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1.  Dead Fairy Hoax

Dead Fairy Hoax

Dead fairy hoax is one of the most popular April fool’s day pranks, which is still going strong well and many believed it yet to be real even after the creator of the hoax has been declared it as a prank.

The hoax appear a day or two before the Fool’s Day, April 1st of 2007, where an image of a Dead mummified fairy which is roughly 8-inches or the size of our palm, was posted on the website Lebanon  Circle Magic Company in an article titled “Do Fairies Live at the Bottom of Your Garden?”. The website published several closed up detailed images of remains of Dead Fairy with the explanation that the creature (resemble to fairy) had been found in Derbyshire on an old Roman road by a dog walker.

The hoax was so strong attracted too many people and the website received more than 20,000 visitors hits, thousands of calls and hundreds of emails on April 1st, 2007 seeking clarification. The Mummy of Dead fairy was actually an art piece made by Dan Baines, a skill prop-maker and the owner of the website. He, at the end of the day, announced that the Corpse of fairy is a hoax but many still refused to accept the fact that the fairy was not real.

Note: The artifact of Dead Fairy was then sold on eBay received the highest bid 0f £280.

2. Spaghetti Tree Hoax

Spaghetti Harvest

Dated back to 1957, when Spaghetti grew on trees.
On April 1st, BBC news show Panorama broadcast a three minutes documentary segment about bumper spaghetti farms in Switzerland where a Swiss family carrying out their annual spaghetti harvest and pulling the strands of spaghetti off the trees and placing it into baskets. The show attracts a huge number of viewers many of which got crazy about spaghetti farming and contacted BBC to know how to grow their own spaghetti trees. At that time spaghetti was not so famous and so there composition, thus many people believe the hoax as reality.

  3. Swedish Instant Color TV DIY Prank

DIY Color TV

On April 1, 1962 in Sweden, the most famous April’s Fool day prank occurred. At that time, the only TV channel was Sveriges Television (SVT) which broadcast their shows in black and white. Although the regular color transmission was began in Sweden on April 1, 1970. But on April’s fool day of the year 1962, the technical expert’s of SVT TV Station Kjell Stensson which was a well known and respected person, announced something which the viewers really get excited about, and that was, converting the existing Black and White into Color TV. All it required was easily accessible material, the pieces of nylon stocking, they had to pull over the TV screen and that’s it. Stensson explain and demonstrate the process and thousand of viewers follow him in an attempt to color their TVs. People got crazy and rush through house to find nylon stocking and place on TV set, as they are instructed, to get color picture.

 4. Planetary Alignment 1976,  Decreases Gravity

Planetary Alignment

BBC is good in making April’s Fool day pranks; although the company had been criticize for that. On the April’s Fool Day of the year 1976, one of the famous astronomers, Patrick Moore, announced that there is once in a lifetime event going to take place at 9:47 AM. He says that the Pluto would pass behind the planet Jupiter and this planetary alignment, he said, would reduce the Earth’s own force of gravity and the people will feel less weight than usual at this moment. He adds more that if someone jumped in the air at the specific time when planetary alignment occurred, he will float or experience floating sensation. After the announcement, many people fell in the hoax and BBC received hundreds of calls from people who claiming to have felt the same floating sensation as Patrick Moore states.

 5. Metric Time System

Metric Time

The next most famous Aprils Fools day prank is from Australia. On 1 April 1975, Australia’s famous news program, This Day Tonight or TDT announced that the country would be converting soon the traditional time system to “metric time” the base of which will be 10. The station added more that in this new proposed metric time system, there would be 100 seconds in a minute, 100 minutes in an hour and 20 hours in a day and, furthermore, a second would turned into milli-day, a minute would become centi-day and hour would become deci-day. The report also show image of one of their reporter Nigel Starck posing with a metric clock. This really confuses the viewers make them fell in the hoax and numbers of frustrated viewers call TDT.

6. Republic of San Serriffe

Republic Of San Serriffe

On 1 April 1977, a seven-page hoax supplement was published by one of the famous British newspaper, The Guardian, devoted to discovery of a small republic San Serriffe located in Indian Ocean. The country was said to consist of several island resemble to semi colon, the main two island of which are Lower Caisse (Case) and Upper Caisse (Case) and its capital was Bodoni. The hoax fooled many readers and only few noticed that the name of the republic and all other information published are just taken from printing terminology, which were not famous among people at the time.

Note: The San Serriffe hoax is the most successful hoax and reused many time, even today, you can register yourself in The Guardian website and can select San Serriffe as your country of origin.

7. UFO landing in London

UFO Landing Hoax

On March 31, 1989, a day before April fool’s day, a glowing bizarre craft resemble to flying saucer appears in the air draw attention of thousands of drivers driving on highway outside London. The flying saucer or UFO was descending on London City and finally landed in a field in Surrey on the outskirts of London. The local resident around the flying saucer landing zone immediately call police and warn them about the landing of UFO and alien invasion. The police just after a while arrived at the site and one of them approached the bizarre craft which is thought to be UFO. Suddenly the door of the UFO opened and a silver suited, small creature walk out of the flying saucer make the scene more real.

But soon the reality disclosed on people and declared as April fool prank, the flying saucer was actually a hot air balloon made specially and skillfully to like UFO and the alien who emerged from it was a midget person.

Note: Although the prank was planned for 1st April on April fool’s day with landing of craft in Hyde Park of London but wind changes causes the balloon to blow down a day earlier

8. Discovery of Life on Jupiter

Life On Jupiter

Evidence of life on planets other than the Earth is what we all are curious about, and this is what the American Online (AOL) had took advantage of on April fool day in 1996 to draw the attention of people. On April 1 1996, the company announced the news that USA Government source claims the signs of life on Jupiter as detected by Galileo mission to Jupiter. The news was supported by statements from planetary biologist and stated that the government is hiding the discovery of life on Jupiter but the company (AOL) has documents to prove the fact.

The hoax fooled many people and as the news speared and until the story being declared as a hoax, company received hundreds of mails and calls from subscribers to obtain more information about the discovery.

9. Wisconsin State Capitol Collapses

Wisconsin State Capitol Collapse

April 1 1933, The Madison Capital Times April fool’s day edition front page showed a picture of collapsing Wisconsin State Capitol dome under the headline which announced “Dome Topples Off Statehouse”. The news reported that the beautiful capital of Wisconsin state was destroyed today following a series of six small and large mysterious explosion resulted from too much hot air or gas generated at the base dome. Although the news was concluded with the words “April fool”, it upset many readers and they being fell for hoax.

 Note: 1n 1985The hoax had been listed in The Science Digest as one of the Best hoax ever.

10. Internet Spring Cleaning

Internet Spring Cleaning

A few days before the April fool’s day of the year 1997, an email was circulated worldwide announcing that internet service would be closed between March 31 and April 2 all around the world due to cleaning process of internet, so do not connect to the internet during the cleaning process.

The mail which is supposedly generated by “Interconnected Network Maintenance Staff, Main Branch, Massachusetts Institute of Technology” rationalizes that the cleaning process is necessary to remove dead email, www, inactive ftp accounts and to clear out “flotsam and jetsam” all the efforts would be done to improve the speed of internet.

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Top 10 Interesting Human Psychological Facts

10 interesting Psychological Facts

1. LiesLying

Lies – The average person tells 4 lies a day, 28 lies a week, 1460 a year and a total of 87,600 till they are 60. The most common lie of which is ‘I’m fine’. It is said that lying is the second thing Human develop soon after they learn to walk. (a 2 year old baby can lie too). People who lie more are good at detecting other people’s lie.

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2. Smile

Smile to make your self happy

Smile – Smiling can make you feel happier and energetic, even if you are in bad mood, smile will immediately improve your mood, even thinking about smile and using the face muscle is enough to trigger the happy chemicals (Endorphin and Dopamine) in your brain.

3. Placebo

Power of Placebo

Placebo effect: Placebos (when a substance is perceived as a drug, has effect as a drug) can be as good as real treatment. The placebo effect is a scientific proof that our thoughts are powerful enough to bring things into existence and have the ability to heal our self.

4. Feeling Sad

Sad vs Happy

A psychological study suggest that when your are sad, you feel all the people around you happy, and similarly when you are single, all you see are happy couples – when you are in relation, you see happy singles.

5. Multitasking

Multitasking

Performing many tasks at once or multitasking is not the inborn ability of human brain but research suggests that you can train your brain for Multi-tasking. Women brain, as compared to men, is more capable of multitasking at same time, they tend to listen to phone calls and watch TV show while cooking. Although multitasking reduces efficiency of work because we have to allocate different cognitive resources to different tasks and have to shift between different thought processes quickly.

6. Creativity

Creativity

Creativity: People are more creative in rooms colored blue, more creative in night and least in afternoon. However daydreaming and naps in noon can help with creative thinking. Left-handed people are more creative than right-handed.

7. Dreams

Dreams

On average, human brain forget 90% of what it dream about, but people who fall in Love remember 30% more dreams.

8. Blaming

Blaming Others

In a bad situation, Humans tend to blame other people rather than circumstance. In a quarrel with neighbors, it’s your neighbors who always wrong.

9. Thought Suppression

Suppression

Trying to suppress or avoid your thoughts actually makes you think more about it. Similarly trying to forget about your Ex and there is more chance to fall in love again with him/her.

10 . Group Decision and Brainstorming

Group Decision

Group are bad at decision making, similarly brainstorming (group discussion to generate ideas) doesn’t work  because people in group are less active and more worried about what others think. So when it comes to generate great ideas and make decision, it is better to think alone.

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5 Most Weird Phobias that are Unbelievable !!!

5 Most Weird Phobias

Phobia is a Psychological disorder which can be defined as an irrational and irresistible  fear of something which is usually not that much scary to others. Following is a list and explanation of Five most Weird Phobias.

1. Geliophobia  – Fear of Laughter

Geliophobia (Fear of Laugh)


Geliophobia or gelophobia (The Laughter Phobia, from Greek “gelo” meaning “laugh”) is the fear of one’s own laughter or of others or both. The root cause of Geliophobia may be internal (genetic predisposition or heredity) or external traumatic event. The person may experience anxiety, palpitation, dryness of mouth, inability to articulate word and hand tremors, depending upon his level of fear, when hear the someone laughing.

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 2. Coulrophobia  – Fear of  Clown

Coulrophobia (Fear Of Clown)

Coulrophobia is extreme and irrational fear of clowns. This type is relatively present in children but can also found in teenager and adults. Although the cause may not known but it is sometime results from a traumatize experience with one personally or seeing “scary clowns” with their weird appearance in comics and films. A well-known example of such film is Steven Spielberg horror film “IT” (telecast in 1990s) depicting clown as a murder.

 3. Taphophobia – Fear of Buried alive

Taphophobia (Fear of Buried Alive)

Taken from Greek “taphos” mean grave, Technophobia is the fear of being buried alive.  History reveals that there have been many people who were being accidentally buried alive and the victims of Taphophobia have the same concern to worry about. The number of such cases was quit high in 17th and 18th centuries where people due to certain diseases gone to coma state but had been declared as deceased and were place in grave.

 4. Spectrophobia – Fear of Looking in Mirrors

Spectrophobia(Fear of Mirrors)

Spectrophobia is a morbid fear of looking in mirrors. It is a psychological condition which stem from one of several factors including ones’ dislike appearance or low self esteem, seeing one’s own reflection in darkness as it distorted in strange way, the sufferer may fear the breaking of mirror accidently (which is consider to brought extreme bad luck for them) or any unknown cause. These condition impacts greatly on the victim routine life as the reflective surfaces are common in everywhere.

5. Mneomphobia – Irrational Fear of Memories

Mnemophobia (Fear of Memories)

 For many people, memories are there precious but for the people with Mnemophobia, Memories are the horrifying. People with Mnemophobia are scared of remembering or losing their past memories (as in case of Alzheimer’s disease or other form of Dementia). Victims may have fear of all memories in general or specific fear of certain bad memories due to past traumatic event.

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