Fool's Day Stories!
April Fool's Day is a day for all of us to have some
fun and play a few jokes on our friends or even on strangers.
Newspapers, radio stations, and even large
companies have their share of fun, as well. The below stories will illustrate
what I mean. Thanks, and enjoy! -- Alex :-)
Fool's Day at Its Best ...
Hold Up Your Credit Cards!
Back in the days of the Mattel Cabbage Patch Kid craze it was usually very
hard to get one for the kiddies.
supposed to hold their credit cards up so that a photographer with a
telephoto lens in the airplane could get the credit card numbers and
charge the price of the dolls to the recipients' accounts.
A radio station (I don't know where) announced that Mattel was going to get
Cabbage Patch Kids out to the people of this particular city.
The plan was that they had to go to the football field of the local university
and wait. An airplane would fly overhead and the dolls would be dropped onto the
People actually showed up, waving American Express cards in the breeze.
Cleaning the Phone Lines!
One radio station prank took place on April Fool's Day. They
announced that the phone company would be cleaning the dirt out of the
phone lines that afternoon. They do this, it seems, by blowing air into
the wires in the switching station. The problem is that the dirt comes
out of the earpiece and mouthpiece of the telephone and could dirty the
rugs or furniture in your house.
phone company asks that the good citizens please get plastic bags and
put them over the handsets of the telephones to protect their
Stores reported a run on plastic bags, and the phone company made the
radio station retract the original claim.
Draining a Beer Truck
KFMB-AM, a San Diego radio station, announced that a beer truck had
jack-knifed and could not be towed away until the beer had been removed
from its tank.
people showed up at the site where the accident was supposed to
have occurred to help drain it.
and last but not least...
Who are the biggest "Fools" of them all?
Can you imagine working at this outfit. It has a little over
500 employees with the following statistics:
29 have been accused of spousal abuse
7 have been arrested for fraud
19 have been accused of writing bad checks
117 have bankrupted at least two businesses
3 have been arrested for assault
71 cannot get a credit card due to bad credit
14 have been
arrested on drug-related charges
8 have been arrested for shoplifting
21 are current defendants in lawsuits
In 1998 alone, 84 were stopped for drunk driving.
Yes, you guessed it! It's the 535 members of the United States
Congress. The same group that cranks out hundreds of new laws
designed to keep the rest of us in line.