Yep, I am getting old. I forgot to say that Juanita did find her purse, all there. I can remember when April first was one of the best days of the year for fun. Then Like today, after April’s Fool day, some one would try a joke and get the standard, “April Fool’s has past, you are the biggest fool at last!”
The only one I can remember that Sherry tells, was when Lennie (her older sister) was visiting us when we were stationed in Norfolk. I was probably out on a short cruise. Lennie was washing dishes and said, “Oh Sherry, come and see this giant pink rabbit!” Sherry said she bought it hook, line and sinker, went quickly to the window and Lennie said ‘April Fool!’.
I know it was a lot of fun at school on April first.
Some of the biggest ones were:
Burger King once announced it would produce the Left-Handed Whopper on April first.
Taco Bell announced they had bought the Liberty Bell and it was going to be renamed The Taco Liberty Bell. It got too much coverage and at a press conference, when asked about it, the press Sec. said, ‘Oh yes, and we can use the money, so Ford has offered to buy the Lincoln Memorial and rename it Ford Lincoln and Mercury Monument.’
Someone made an announcement after Nixon resigned that He was going to run for president again, with the slogan “I have done nothing wrong and I promise not to do it again!” It went well with Rich little doing the voice impersonations.
There was a nation wide joke in Sweden. The Technical Advisors announced that Sweden would get Color TV 2yrs ahead of schedule. But to receive it on April first, you had to stretch a nylon stocking over the picture tube. This was done on national TV with a demo of how to install the stocking. Thousands fell for the ruse.
Of course the biggies I researched on the net, but what about you? Do you remember any?
Thanks for reading this stuff.
My sweet sister Kat, answered the phone once to the following message. “This is the phone company maintenance, your line has too much static and we have been ordered to ‘blow the lines out’, so please put you receiver in a paper bag to keep the dust from spreading. we will commence in one minute, thank you!”
Yes, this was about 1947 she was 16 and newly married, she did it. But that girl could take a joke, she laughed with the folks who pulled the stunt.
I ran across this Chenard and Walcker 1919, one I had never heard of, but I did find it was a French company and they built cars until 1946.
This is one of their 1913 autos, pretty little sucker ain’t it!.