One of the great media hoaxes of all time was perpetrated on April 1, 1957 by the BBC, which reported on its news program Panorama that Switzerland was experiencing a bumper spaghetti harvest that year thanks to favorable weather and the elimination of the dread "spaghetti weevil." Staged video footage showing happy peasants plucking strands of pasta from tall trees was so convincing that many viewers actually called the network to ask how they could grow their own.
On April 1, 1976 famed British astronomer and radio presenter Patrick Moore announced over the BBC that a rare alignment of the planets Pluto and Jupiter would occur at exactly 9:47 a.m. during which the effects of gravity would be nullified and everyone on earth would feel weightless for a brief moment. "At 9:47, Moore declared, 'Jump now!'" writes Alex Boese of the Museum of Hoaxes. "A minute passed, and then the BBC switchboard lit up with dozens of people calling in to report that the experiment had worked!" But it was all a complete prank, of course, one of the most famous in history.
Some of the best-known pranks in more recent years have been mounted by advertising agencies. In 1996, Taco Bell ran a full-page ad in the New York Times announcing it had purchased the Liberty Bell and would rename it the "Taco Liberty Bell." Burger King pulled off a similar prank in 1998, announcing the rollout of its "Left-Handed Whopper" supposedly designed so that condiments would drip from the right side of the burger rather than the left.
On the Internet, hoaxes are such standard fare that April Fools' Day is barely distinguishable from any other day on the internet, though a few notable pranks stand out and tend to be reposted year after year — e.g., a 1996-vintage announcement to the effect that every computer connected to the World Wide Web must be turned off and disconnected for Internet Cleaning Day, a 24-hour period during which useless "flotsam and jetsam" are flushed from the system. [urbanlegends]
Murray was an American company whose assets are now owned by Briggs & Stratton and Dorel Industries. The corporate brand is a descendant of the Murray Ohio Manufacturing Company, which manufactured bicycles and lawn and garden equipment. It manufactured under a variety of brands, including for other companies. Murray licensed the Stanley brand and produced lawnmowers and snow blowers sold at Wal-Mart and other retailers.
So the season four finale to The Walking Dead aired this past Sunday night. Don't worry, if you haven't watched it yet, I won't be a dickhead and give away any spoilers, other than to say not everything I wished for came true, but I am glad Rick finally steps up his game.
I can smell a trap a mile away. If I find it, I'm fruity tooty nancy pants. How about a picture of this to man shit up a bit. See if you can find that on Google Maps. Back Story: I kept pestering my buddy to do it……Well hold my beer and watch this. The truck had 7k miles on it and he took a 30 mph lunge in to the lake of mud. Luckily the door jams were new and pretty water proof. ¾ ton diesel and all of his tires are slowly spinning. It was dubbed the PT boat after we got pulled out. Ryan [Ernie says: Yes, two men taking a romantic boat ride together, very manly indeed!]
Hello Ernie, "Also, Sean found the actual location of the Wadsworth theatre photo -- turns out it's in fucking Canada!" I don't think so, that sign is in West Los Angeles U.S.A., or wait a minute... did we annex california? I sent you a picture of the location also. Rick
Yeah, that was sort of a typo, I meant to write California. I was looking at the URL when typing, saw the .CA domain and my simple one track mind kind of took over. Meanwhile, I'll just stick to girlie stuff like explaining how railroad signals work.
I dont know if it was just me or what, but 10 Academy Award nominations or not, I wasn't very impressed with American Hustle. Well, I mean it had its redeeming moments, sure. But as a whole? Meh. I was very underwhelmed. But reminding he generak public about the ABSCAM scandal from the 70's/80's was a nice lead into the criminal complaint against California's Democratic State Senator Leland Yee, the latest recipient of the Taiwanese animated news treatment.
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And I think I have one for my Vietname era friends, becauase I presume this language is from Southeastern Asia or thereabouts?
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