April Fools day in Nigeria and all over the world is almost over, and so, we at Amala NG decided to give you a load down on 10 of the most hilarious (and expensive at times) April Fools Day pranks ever to go down in history. I even went ahead to write mine talking about how one top Nigerian fintech startup acquired another but first of all, let’s delve into the origin of this absurd day.
Brief History of April Fools Day
In the year 1983 on April 1st, the Associated Press (AP) apparently resolved the mystery of the origin of April Fool’s Day stating that there was a Boston University Professor, Joseph Boskin, who had discovered that the celebration began as far back as the Fourth Century when Emperor Constantine (jokingly) appointed a court jester named Kugel as ruler for a day. During that brief 24hrs as temporary ruler, Kugel decreed that only the absurd would be allowed in the kingdom on that day, and so the tradition of April Fools was conceived.
April Fools Day in Nigeria: 10 Best Pranks Ever to go down in History
As an April Fools Day prank, students once hacked the MIT website to say that Disney had bought the school for $6.9 billion!
#1. Gmail first launched on April 1st, 2004. It was widely assumed the service was an April Fools Day joke
#2. There’s this tradition of sneakily hanging “kick me” signs on people’s backsides. As it turns out, the tradition originated in Scotland where April Fools’ lasts two days. The second day is known as Taily Day and pranks involving kicking the backside are played.
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#3. Now this one is very relatable. In 2016 April Fools Day in Nigeria, Sahara Reporters took to their Twitter page and tweeted that Nigerian President, Buhari collapsed during a press conference and was rushed to the hospital where he was hospitalized.
#4. In Sweden, in 1962, there was only one television channel, and it was shown in black and white. The station announced that their “technical expert,” Kjell Stensson, was going to tell people how to view color images on their black-and-white sets.
#5. In 1962, the Swedish National Network put on a technical expert on National TV who told the viewers that their black-and-white TV broadcasts could be made color if only they watched them through nylon stockings.
Happy April Fools Day folks!