April 1, April fool's Day (or all fools ' Day) is not complete without traditional drawings. Moreover, these drawings are quite large, the media and major organizations do not miss the opportunity on occasion to play a large number of people. What were the most famous jokes on April 1.

The first prank on the April 1 date from the 16th century — a holiday that can boast of a respectable age. For example, on 2 April 1698 the British newspaper "Dawks's NewsLetter" reported that "Yesterday, April 1st, several people were sent to the tower to see how to wash lions." Since then invitation naive "victims" in the tower for washing the lions (a non-existent ceremony) became a popular April Fool's rally until the 19th century.

In Russia the first mass hoax on April 1, was held five years later in 1703. The heralds walked the streets of Moscow and invited the city's residents to visit the "unheard-of view." There was no light from the spectators, but when the curtain fell open at the appointed time, instead of the speakers there was only a white cloth instead of the speakers, the inscription on which read: "The first April - do not trust anyone!". That's all the "unheard of performance."

But let us remember more modern jokes on 1 April. Many businesses use this holiday to at the same time to increase their fame. For example, the well-known chain of fast-food restaurants Taco April 1, 1996 reported in seven of the most prominent U.S. Newspapers, what she bought the Liberty Bell. to reduce the national debt of the country, and renamed it "Taco Liberty Bell". Thousands of people managed to express their protest, gathered in the national historical park in Philadelphia (there is a bell that in 1776 called people to announce the Declaration of Independence). But at noon on April 1 it was announced that it was an April Fool's Day rally.

Another American fast food chain, Burger King. April 1, 1998 reported that in their menu there were so-called "left-hand whopper "(the signature Burger of this restaurant chain), which was created specially for left handed people. All the ingredients in it were rotated 180 degrees. In that day, and even days later lots of people, making the order, clarified that they want the "old", "right" whopper.

The media is also not miss the opportunity to prank on April 1. For example, April 1, 1962, hundreds of thousands of Swedes with the filing of national television was stretched on the TV screens nylon pantyhose. What for? The thing is that the only channel in the country that broadcast the programs in black and white was Kjell Stenson, the technical expert of the channel. He said that the new technology will allow viewers to watch the broadcasts in a color image, for this, and it is necessary to pull on the screen tights. In fact, color broadcasts in Sweden began exactly 8 years later, on April 1, 1980.

And the British newspaper the guardian on 1 April 1977, has released a detailed article on seven pages about the island country of San Serriffe. located in the Indian ocean. The article was dedicated to the tenth anniversary of the independence of a fictional country. The country's name is a pun, hinting at one of the most common types of font (sans serif – a font without serif, block letters). The text of the article was generally a lot of jokes and puns related to typography terms. The country itself was shaped like a semicolon, large Islands were called Upper Caisse and Lower Caisse (an allusion to upper and lower case – uppercase and lowercase letters), etc. C this island was associated with the sweepstakes on April 1 in 1978, 1980 and 1999. An April fools joke from "the guardian" has become a kind of classic of the genre.

But the first place in many ratings by well-known April fools pranks has always been the drawing about the tree of spaghetti. In 1957, the BBC in its program "Panorama" reported a record harvest of spaghetti in Switzerland. associated with a warm winter and a victory over the pest of pasta - a macaroni weevil. On that day, BBC phones were simply ripped from calls - thousands of Britons wanted to learn more about growing pasta. But representatives of the British Broadcasting Corporation had prepared a diplomatic response: they advised putting macaroni in a jar of tomato sauce and hoping for the best.

In different years on 1 April, the media reported the replacement of the old mechanical big Ben e, the rounding of PI, demonstrate the body of Lenin in Disneyland Paris, about the cloning of dinosaurs, the dismantling of the Eiffel tower. And each time there were people who believed in these sweepstakes on April 1 — well how not to believe solid media? Therefore, in Day of laughter you need to keep an eye on, but if you still "seduced" a large-scale raffle in the media — don't take everything to heart. Once a year it is permissible.