Monday-Wednesday, April 1st “NEWS”! Some Hall Of Fame April Fool’s Day Pranks! Plus, a new Guitar Hero video with college coaches, and another incredible LeBron James shot! “BUZZ” Holly Madison and Steve Wozniak off “DWTS”, and Madonna’s adoption quest! “PHOTO GALLERY” Actress Angela Watson and HugsAmerica.com help feed rescue pets!
HERE’S SOME HALL OF FAME APRIL FOOL’S DAY PRANKS!
Sidd Finch1985: Sports Illustrated published a story about a new rookie pitcher who planned to play for the Mets. His name was Sidd Finch, and he could reportedly throw a baseball at 168 mph with pinpoint accuracy. This was 65 mph faster than the previous record. Surprisingly, Sidd Finch had never even played the game before. Instead, he had mastered the “art of the pitch” in a Tibetan monastery under the guidance of the “great poet-saint Lama Milaraspa.” Mets fans celebrated their teams’ amazing luck at having found such a gifted player, and Sports Illustrated was flooded with requests for more information. In reality this legendary player only existed in the imagination of the author of the article, George Plimpton.
1996: The Taco Bell Corporation announced it had bought the Liberty Bell and was renaming it the Taco Liberty Bell. Hundreds of outraged citizens called the National Historic Park in Philadelphia where the bell was housed to express their anger. Their nerves were only calmed when Taco Bell revealed, a few hours later, that it was all a practical joke. The best line of the day came when White House press secretary Mike McCurry was asked about the sale. Thinking on his feet, he responded that the Lincoln Memorial had also been sold. It would now be known, he said, as the Ford Lincoln Mercury Memorial.
UFO Lands in London1989: On March 31, 1989 thousands of motorists driving on the highway outside London looked up in the air to see a glowing flying saucer descending on their city. Many of them pulled to the side of the road to watch the bizarre craft float through the air. The saucer finally landed in a field on the outskirts of London where local residents immediately called the police to warn them of an alien invasion. Soon the police arrived on the scene, and one brave officer approached the craft with his truncheon extended before him. When a door in the craft popped open, and a small, silver-suited figure emerged, the policeman ran in the opposite direction. The saucer turned out to be a hot-air balloon that had been specially built to look like a UFO by Richard Branson, the 36-year-old chairman of Virgin Records. The stunt combined his passion for ballooning with his love of pranks. His plan was to land the craft in London’s Hyde Park on April 1. Unfortunately, the wind blew him off course, and he was forced to land a day early in the wrong location.
Drunk Driving on the Internet1994: An article by John Dvorak in PC Computing magazine described a bill going through Congress that would make it illegal to use the internet while drunk, or to discuss sexual matters over a public network. The bill was supposedly numbered 040194 (i.e. 04/01/94), and the contact person was listed as Lirpa Sloof (April Fools backwards). The article said that the FBI was going to use the bill to tap the phone line of anyone who “uses or abuses alcohol” while accessing the internet. Passage of the bill was felt to be certain because “Who wants to come out and support drunkenness and computer sex?” The article offered this explanation for the origin of the bill: “The moniker ‘Information Highway’ itself seems to be responsible for SB 040194… I know how silly this sounds, but Congress apparently thinks being drunk on a highway is bad no matter what kind of highway it is.” The article generated so many outraged phone calls to Congress that Senator Edward Kennedy’s office had to release an official denial of the rumor that he was a sponsor of the bill.
15th Annual New York City April Fool’s Day Parade2000: A news release sent to the media stated that the 15th annual New York City April Fool’s Day Parade was scheduled to begin at noon on 59th Street and would proceed down to Fifth Avenue. According to the release, floats in the parade would include a “Beat ‘em, Bust ‘em, Book ‘em” float created by the New York, Los Angeles, and Seattle police departments. This float would portray “themes of brutality, corruption and incompetence.” A “Where’s Mars?” float, reportedly built at a cost of $10 billion, would portray missed Mars missions. Finally, the “Atlanta Braves Baseball Tribute to Racism” float would feature John Rocker who would be “spewing racial epithets at the crowd.” CNN and the Fox affiliate WNYW sent television news crews to cover the parade. They arrived at 59th Street at noon only to discover that there was no sign of a parade, at which point the reporters realized they had been hoaxed. The prank was the handiwork of Joey Skaggs, an experienced hoaxer. Skaggs had been issuing press releases advertising the nonexistent parade every April Fool’s Day since 1986.
Big Ben Goes Digital1980: The BBC reported that Big Ben, in order to keep up with the times, was going to be given a digital readout. The announcement received a huge response from listeners shocked and angered by the proposed change. The BBC Japanese service also announced that the clock hands would be sold to the first four listeners to contact them. One Japanese seaman in the mid-Atlantic immediately radioed in a bid.
THIS CELL PHONE KARMA COMMERCIAL MADE ME LAUGH OUT LOUD!
COACHES BOBBY KNIGHT, ROY WILLIAMS, RICK PITINO AND MIKE KRZYZEWSKI!
SPEAKING OF BASKETBALL, IN CASE YOU MISSED THE LEBRON JAMES INTERVIEW ON “60 MINUTES” SUNDAY NIGHT, YOU DIDN’T SEE AN INCREDIBLE SHOT HE MAKES IN HIS OLD HIGH SCHOOL GYM “UNDERHANDED” FROM PAST HALF COURT!
JIMMY KIMMEL SHOWED JUST HOW DIFFICULT LEBRON JAMES SHOT WAS!
ONE OF MY LISTENERS, ROBERT LOMBARD, SENT THESE VERY COOL PICTURES!
THIS PAST SUNDAY, ANGELA WATSON AND VON’S INVITED ME TO STOP BY!
Actress Angela Watson, best known for her role on the sitcom “Step by Step”, where she played one of the daughters of Suzanne Somers’ character. She was first cast in a recurring role on “Davis Rules”, and is currently touring in the stage production of “How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying”.
Angela was on my show this past weekend, and invited listeners to stop by and drop off any extra pet food they had or wanted to buy for rescue animals at the Von’s Market at Pico and Fairfax. I dropped by to spend time with Angela after my Sunday show and catch up on all the work she does with http://www.hugsamerica.com/pet/ Just click on the link, and you’ll see how you can help too with saving the lives of rescue animals nationwide.
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