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April Fools

Bombs Away!

On April 1, 1915, in the midst of World War I, a French aviator flew over a German camp and dropped what appeared to be, a huge bomb. The German soldiers immediately scattered in all directions, but no explosion followed. After some time, the soldiers crept back and gingerly approached the bomb. They discovered it was actually a large football with a note tied to it that read, "April Fool!"

Bombs Away!

If anyone has the gravitas to persuade an entire nation they can float at the exact point when two planets align, it is astronomer Patrick Moore. Mr Moore told his listeners at precisely 9.47am, a once in a lifetime astronomical event would occur. He said the planet Pluto would pass behind Jupiter, causing a temporary gravitational alignment counteracting the Earth’s Gravity. As a result, the poker-faced Moore predicted if they jumped in the air at the exact same moment they would experience a strange floating sensation.

Sure enough, fact is always stranger than fiction - the BBC switchboards were jammed with hundreds of listeners reporting they had indeed experienced the feeling. One woman even claimed that she and her 11 friends had risen from their chairs and floated around the room.

Bombs Away!

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!

Bombs Away!

The News of the World reported that the Chunnel project, would face another big additional expense caused by a colossal engineering blunder. Apparently the two halves of the tunnel, being built simultaneously from the coasts of France and England, would miss each other by 14 feet. The error was attributed to the fact that French engineers had insisted on using metric specifications in their blueprints. The mistake would reportedly cost $14 billion to fix!

Bombs Away!

On 31 March 1989, thousands of motorists driving just outside London, spotted a glowing flying saucer high in the air. Many pulled onto the side of the road to watch the craft float through the air. When it finally landed in a field on the outskirts of London local residents call the police to warn of an alien invasion. When police arrived and approached the craft a door popped open and a small silver-suited figure emerged. The saucer turned out to be a hot-air balloon specially built to look like a UFO by Richard Branson, chairman of Virgin Records. The stunt was to land the craft in London’s Hyde Park on April 1st. Unfortunately, the wind blew him off course and he was forced to land 1 day early in the wrong location.