April fool's day 50 interesting facts: History, meaning and hoaxes
On April 1, we celebrate April Fool's Day - a fun and relaxed international holiday. However, with all the people's love and popularity, this day is not a day off in any country globally, and this is perhaps one of its central jokes.
April 1 is when you can turn your sense of humor to its fullest, show your sense of humor and not be afraid that you will not be understood, cursed, fired, or sent to compulsory treatment. Everyone excels to the best of their ability and understanding of the funny.
Most interesting facts about April’s Fool’s Day
The holiday of unbridled fun and pranks is celebrated in many countries on all continents; almost everywhere, it falls on the first days of April. Everyone crawls out of hibernation at the beginning of spring; the soul demands nonsense and jokes.
What else is April Fool's Day known for, how jokes are made in different countries, what pranks people fall for, what exciting and incredible things happened on April 1 in history, read in our article. And do not forget to cheer up and give gifts for the mainspring holidays to relatives and friends.
April's Fool's Day in different countries
1. In England, they joke about people until dinner. This can be seen even from the holiday's name - April Fool's Day. And "fool" in English just means a person who was played before noon.
2. The most successful English hoax, which the townspeople fell for, occurred in 1698 and then repeated two centuries later. One of the capital's newspapers published an announcement that the famous sculptures of lions would be washed in the Tower of London.
3. Drawings on April 1 in France are associated with fish. A paper drawing of a fish is discreetly hung on a person's back and then teased with "April fish".
4. In Scotland, they love humor so much that Fool's Day was extended for two whole days. On April 1, since ancient times, simple-hearted people were played, sending a letter to acquaintances, in which it was said: "send the fool even further." And on the second day, the jokes are mainly related to the topic of the fifth point.
5. The first resonant American joke, dated back to 1878, was published in a New York newspaper. It was reported that the American inventor Thomas Edison came up with an apparatus that turns water into wine and earth into grain.
6. Humor Day marks the birth of a digital company with a logo in the form of a bitten apple. Yes, it's Apple! The desire to be ahead of competitors in the telephone directory led to creating the company's name. Then the apple theme continued in the name of Macintosh machines.
7. In Switzerland, on April 1, 1938, instant coffee was invented and presented to the public. However, skeptical coffee lovers decided that they were simply being fooled and did not trust the innovation. As a result, coffee mania unfolded around the world much later.
8. Hence the rumor: spring praise with your tongue, a good tale with ears. Isn't that why everyone's tongues itch in April? True, it is not vain: since April is here, do not trust anyone! On this day, everyone is not opposed to jokes; no one is immune to practical jokes.
April's Fool's Day traditions
9. According to opinion polls, more than 70% of people will joke about one of their friends.
10. Moreover, according to the same surveys, most of the tricks should be expected from students and, oddly enough, people doing business and having their own company. Still, you should not be afraid of grandmothers, although it can be the other way around because everyone jokes on April 1st.
11. April 1 - this Day is not included in any calendars of significant dates and national holidays. Still, it can be attributed to international ones, since it is celebrated with equal success in Germany, England, France, Scandinavia, and even in the East.
12. Everyone loves to make fun of someone, play a trick or play, but one day a year, absolutely everyone does this, from a child to an adult, from a student to a business person. But that's why this day falls on the first of April, no one can say for sure.
April's Fool's Day History
13. There are several versions on this score; some attribute the origin of this holiday to Ancient Rome, wherein in mid-February (and not at all in early April), the Feast of the Fools was celebrated.
14. Apuleius believed that the April Fool's deception was associated with a holiday in honour of Laughter in ancient Rome.
15. Others argue that this holiday originated in ancient India, where March 31st was celebrated as the feast of jokes.
16. There is also an assumption that only the Irish joked on the 1st of April in the ancient world, and even then in honor of the New Year.
17. The Icelandic sagas say that the custom of cheating on April 1st was introduced in memory of Skandia, the daughter of Tiass. According to another version, the tradition of joking on April 1 is associated with the postponement of the new year.
18. Until the second half of the 16th century, the European New Year began at the end of March. They prepared for this event, visited each other, gave gifts. The very meeting of the New Year took place on April 1.
19. Later, by decree of the French king, the beginning of the year was officially celebrated on January 1, but many subjects continued to celebrate on April 1. To get rid of the old traditions, they became called "April Fools", it became fashionable to play and ridicule them.
20. There is also a version according to which we owe this holiday to the Neopolitan king Monterey, who was presented with a fish in honour of the holiday on the occasion of the termination of the earthquake. A year later, the king demanded precisely the same.
21. The same was not found, but the cook prepared another reminiscent of the right one. And although the king recognised the substitution, he was not angry but even amused. Since then, April Fools' pranks have become a custom.
22. The origin of April Fool's Day is still unknown, as it has references in different countries and at other times. The traditions of joking and deceiving, sending people on false orders appeared everywhere and were associated with entirely different reasons.
23. According to one theory, the vernal equinox became April Fool's Day. Previously, it was customary to meet the equinox (March 19-21) with all sorts of fun, pranks and festivities - the spring meeting was met with tricks and joked about the capriciousness of the weather. And with the transition to another calendar, the holiday day has changed.
24. Another version also explains the holiday by changing the Julian calendar to the Gregorian one. Still, it ties the traditions of April Fool's Day to the New Year, which used to be celebrated at the end of March.
25. There is also an option that a funny reference in the "Canterbury Tales" of the writer Geoffrey Chaucer to March 32, implying April 1, is involved in his appearance. But most consider it just a printing error.
26. The people of many countries fell in love with April Fool's Day, and it began to gain its wide popularity in the 18th century while covering all sectors of society.
27. On April Fools' Day, it was customary to play pranks and play pranks, assigning meaningless and even absurd tasks.
28. In modern times, April Fool's Day is popular among all ages and even reached the level of television, periodicals and radio. On this day, you can stumble upon comic articles and pranks, exquisite hoaxes at the media level.
29. At the same time, in the history of the holiday, there were real grandiose pranks from big companies: a BBC report about a beautiful pasta harvest in Italy, the transition to a decimal time measurement system, Taco Bell news about buying the Liberty Bell - an American symbol of independence from Great Britain - to reduce the national debt, a prank from Google about the alleged release of the Google Nose program, which transmits smells.
Events on April's Fool's Day
30. Back in 1778, April Fool's Day was already known in Ireland, where the New Orleans businessman Oliver Pollock comes from. According to numerous testimonies, he invented on April 1 the sign of the world currency - the dollar - $.
31. April 1, 1924, was the day of gaining the "martyr's halo" for the last enslaver of Europe. On this day, 95 years ago, Adolf Hitler and his accomplices in the "beer putsch" were sentenced for a failed coup attempt. Of the five years in prison, Hitler served only nine months, but this term was enough for the failed artist to become a writer.
32. After the verdict on April 1, 1924, the future Fuhrer of Nazi Germany wrote his book Mein Kampf in Landsberg prison. The text has been banned in Russia since 2002. Since 2010, the book has been recognised as extremist. Publicly joking with quotes from the book is fraught with criminal prosecution—even the first of April.
33. On April 1, 1918, half a century before the emergence of the German terrorist group of the same name, the British RAF, the Royal Air Force, was founded. A hundred years later, the combat readiness and serviceability of aircraft with the famous red-white-blue target on the wings and fuselages is provided by 33 thousand people.
34. On April 1, 1979, Ayatollah Khomeini proclaimed Iran an Islamic republic. For 40 years, this day has been celebrated as a national holiday, preceded by a national referendum.
35. But there is some good news as well. On April 1, 1938, instant coffee was presented in a big way in Switzerland. Coffee as a drink was invented much earlier, but it was on this day that it was introduced under the slogan "Brought to mind" and is suitable for extended storage.
36. On April 1, 1976, Steve Wozniak, Ronald Wayne, and Steve Jobs created a company whose branding, 30 years later, would be a sign of respectability in the digital age.
37. On April 1, 1946, the USSR authorities formed the Arzamas-16 nuclear centre on the Nizhny Novgorod region and Mordovia border. Now a popular religious hotspot on the maps of Orthodox believers, Sarov became the country's leading nuclear weapons site in the Soviet past.
38. Historians often associate the first of April with important political events in the world process. For example, on this day in 1808, Emperor Alexander I proclaimed Finland's “perpetual” accession to Russia.
39. April 1, 2009, the leader of the world proletariat on the square named after him in St. Petersburg blew up the fifth point. The monument “Lenin on an armoured car” at the Finland Station in the early morning was “adorned” with a through-hole, through which, if desired, one could even see the Big House on the opposite bank of the Neva.
40. On April 1, 2019, the Central Election Commission of Ukraine recognized that, according to the results of the first round of the presidential elections, for the first time, a professional hohmach, professional cavalryman, showman Vladimir Zelensky is in the lead.
April's Fool's Day - Short Facts
41. April 1st has been celebrated since the 16th century.
42. On April 1, 1915, at the height of the First World War, the French dropped a bomb on a German camp. The bomb did not explode; it was written: “From April 1!”.
43. April 1 is celebrated by 30% of the world's population.
44. 10% of April Fools' Day pranks involve pets.
45. On April 1, traumatologists received two times more patients than other days.
46. 23% of April Fools' pranks involve pregnancy.
47. A good sense of humour is essential to 6 out of 10 US employers.
This holiday is not included in any calendar or country. However, this does not prevent people from celebrating this day on a grand scale.
Have you ever wondered where the origins of this holiday come from? Why didn't you choose another day for such a peculiar event? And not only in one country, but in many. Opinions are divided over the origin of this holiday. From this article you will learn not only about the history of April Fool's Day, but also about how residents of different countries celebrate this day, what traditions they have, and also get acquainted with the most interesting rallies that have become a real history.
Where did this date come from? There are several options for the origin of this merry holiday. Some are inclined to believe that this holiday is an echo of the ancient spring festival, the celebration of which fell on April. They played and joked a lot that day. Others think that the tradition of making fun of others dates back to the Middle Ages.
So far, there is no real evidence for any of the theories. There are many assumptions about the origin of this holiday. However, it all boils down to the fact that the source is still the medieval tradition of Europeans to arrange carnivals. Such a pagan holiday that Christians liked.
There are people who are sure that a similar holiday was celebrated in ancient Rome. They called it then the holiday of fools. Others are convinced that the origins of this event are ancient India, where the Day of Jokes fell on March 31st. There is also a third party. These are supporters of the idea that the tradition of joking came to us from the Irish.
There are some rather strange versions. For example, one of the options boils down to the fact that this holiday owes its appearance to the Neapolitan king Monterey. They say in honor of the fact that the earthquake stopped, the king was presented with a fish. A year later, Monterey began demanding the same fish. Unfortunately, it was not possible to find the exact same species, and the chef used another, which was as similar as possible to the previous one. However, the king could not be deceived, but he did not become angry, but on the contrary - laughed.
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1. The coolest draw is considered to be April 1, 1986. The bottom line was that the newspaper published an announcement about the decision to dismantle the symbol of France - the Eiffel Tower. There was a proposal to move the famous object to another location. The article in all colors described the process of dismantling the tower, in which even American helicopters were supposed to take part. After that, they wanted to assemble the tower in a horizontal position and use the cranes to raise it. The project took 6 months. The Parisians, in frustrated feelings, began to besiege the editorial office, constantly calling them. But on the second day, an article with a refutation was published.
2. The British also got it in 1860. Many Londoners received invitations to the solemn ceremony of washing the white lions before April 1st. The event was scheduled for 11 o'clock and was to take place in the Tower. The curious townspeople came at the appointed time to the appointed place. Imagine how upset everyone was when they were told it was just a prank.
3. One of the leading newspapers in England, by April 1, published an advertisement for a round the world trip, which cost only two hundred pounds. The message of a well-known commentator who was engaged in the propaganda of Italian spaghetti looked very truthful. He claimed that this product grows, right in the trees. The British are a little limited on this day. You can only joke until 12 noon. The most outstanding draw of the past century (1957) belongs to the BBC.
4. As for Austria and Germany, in these countries April 1 was considered a bad day. Residents were sure that people born on this day were unlucky. This is due to the fact that this date was the birthday of Judas.
5. In Finland, April Fool's Day is celebrated relatively recently.
6. Americans are used to harmless pranks. Their most popular joke is telling a friend that his laces are untied or that the sole has come off. Students with a serious expression tell their classmates that there will be no lessons, and the students move their classmates forward and then watch them in a hurry gather for pairs.
7. There is only one city where April 1st is an official holiday. This is Odessa - the birthplace of practical jokes, jokes and humorists. Perhaps, on this day, you will not find a place that would not be touched by a fun event. Many people come here to take part in the carnival and laugh heartily.
8. The Armenians have always stood out for their sense of humor. And for some time now in Armenia April 1 is celebrated in the same way almost at the official level.
9. Bulgarians are especially honored to this holiday. They really love to joke and play each other. Children like the holiday the most.
10. In one of the cities of Bulgaria they even organize exhibitions of cartoons, and absolutely everyone starts joking - even newspapers and radio.
11. In Romania, April Fool's Day is not recognized as an official holiday, but this does not prevent the citizens of this country with special sympathy for this day. They always have a reason for a joke and a ready-made anecdote.
12. The Scots distinguished themselves the most. They set aside two days to celebrate April Fools' Day. The first day is called the day of the cuckoo. But those who do not believe in practical jokes and do not succumb to deceptions - razini. And the second day is called the day of the tail. The Scots are busy putting an interesting little thing for their friends - a rubber bag, which, at the moment of pressure, begins to make not very pleasant sounds.
13. On April Fool's Day you can hear the most incredible information and believe in it. For example, once a newspaper published a note that a new resident appeared in the Moscow zoo - a mammoth. They allegedly found him frozen in Chukotka, warmed him up and transported him to the capital. This joke was taken for the truth.
14. In France, those who believe in jokes and are easily "led" to deception are called "April fish" by analogy with the young fish in water bodies, which are easy to catch at this time of year. One of the most common jokes is sticking a paper fish on a person's back.
15. The most famous April Fool's Day pranks have already been classified in The Top 100 April Fool's Day Hoaxes of All Time, including: the fall of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, a photo story about flying penguins, a UFO landing in London and others.
16. In 10% of April Fools' draws, pets are involved.
17. As of April 1, traumatologists receive 2 times more patients than on other days.
18. 23% of April Fools' pranks are related to pregnancy.
19.On April 1, 1778, a businessman from New Orleans, Oliver Polock, invented the sign of the American currency - the dollar $.
20. On this day, it is customary to play pranks on relatives, friends and acquaintances, or make fun of them.
This day is not highlighted in red in any calendar. But in many countries, it is considered festive. It is called April Fool's Day, but everywhere on April 1, they play each other. Haven't you figured out how to play a joke on a friend yet? Go under the cut!
On April 1, 1957, the British television company BBC showed a story about an unprecedented pasta harvest in Switzerland. Allegedly, local farmers have figured out how to deal with insects that have destroyed "pasta trees." Not all viewers understood the humor - the editors were flooded with letters asking them to tell how to grow pasta at home. The employees replied that “you need to make the pasta, put it in a jar of tomato sauce, drizzle with olive oil, and hope for a great harvest.”
We have prepared a selection of more simple but no less fun April Fools' jokes for you.
Toothpaste instead of cream
Take two cookies and combine them, but not with cream, but with toothpaste. It is desirable that the paste was without a pronounced mint flavour. Otherwise, a friend will suspect something was wrong, not having time to bite off a treat.
Candy with mustard
Fill a hollow chocolate candy with mustard or hot sauce. The main thing is to preserve the integrity of the packaging so that it looks like a store.
Mistake came out
Such a draw can be arranged in the office or some cafe. A small trapezoidal piece of tape and the men's room becomes a women's room. Don't forget to film the embarrassed ladies running away. ;)
Air Horn Under Chair
Glue the "quack" under the chair of a colleague after raising the height of the seat.
Stationery in jelly
Treat colleagues to delicious jelly stuffed with their pens, pencils and other writing utensils.
Another April Fool's treat is chocolate-covered cotton balls. They look appetising until they start chewing.
Wrap a smartphone or other constantly needed thing of a friend with stationery rubber bands. The main thing is that there are a lot of them. So many. When he shoots them, you will hear many "flattering" things about yourself. :)
At night, while everyone is sleeping, glue your eyes on all the food in the fridge. Imagine: you get up, still sleepy, go to the refrigerator, and there ... :)
Under the water
Dip your friend's mascara or another waterproof item into an upside-down glass of water. (Take a glass with ice, put ink, turn it over. After a while, the glass will be half full ... or empty.) Be careful! The draw is fraught with tantrums.
Buy an artificial strand to match the colour of your girlfriend's hair and imitate a haircut: "Oh, dear, it seems I cut off your curl ...". Carefully! The prank is fraught with a sexual boycott.
Girlish revenge on the previous two jokes can be this: a tattoo sticker in the form of a butterfly or a heart on the neck or lower back. You need to apply it while the man is sleeping, and it is better from behind so that he does not immediately see and erase it. Let him justify himself to his colleagues at work. ;)
"Honey, take out the trash!"
Another girly prank. Girls put on a clean trash bag and hide. The main thing is the effect of surprise!
Mustard Flavored Toothpaste
Add a little mustard to the tube (it should be incomplete). Usually, people brush their teeth on the machine, not paying attention to what is squeezed out onto the brush.
Replace your creamy antiperspirant with butter. Those who fall for this trick will have to retake a shower. But that's why it's April 1st, right?
Sandwich with a surprise
When making a sandwich on April 1, removing the cellophane from the cheese is not necessary. So, maybe not tasty, but fun.
Make a PVA blot and place it on a friend's laptop. When he opens the computer's lid, it will take him a few seconds to realise that the disaster did not happen.
Parked - Packed
Wrap (generously) a friend, neighbour, or colleague's car in cling film. There will be no harm to the vehicle, and a lot of fun. At least for you. At least until they catch up.
Kids will love the prank, especially if they don't like to drink milk and you force them to (calcium and all). Add a little food colouring to the pack and watch your child's eyes widen.
Place plastic cups filled with water throughout the corridor. This is an excellent test of ingenuity (how to get to the exit?), especially if a person is in a hurry.
If someone close to you has a birthday on April 1, he is unlucky to please him with a cake made by himself. Such a gift will be remembered for a long time.
An unexpected guest If someone close to you has a birthday on April 1, he is not lucky, please him with a cake made by himself. Such a gift will be remembered for a long time.
Attach a photo of his idol to a friend's peephole and ring the doorbell. Most importantly, come uninvited.
Plush toys can be very realistic and cute. Imagine the household's reaction when they see such a line to the toilet.
Seal the shampoo with cling film. A person who wants to wash will shake the bottle for a long time: it seems full, but nothing is pouring.
Great office prank. Bring some color (and hassle) to your co-workers' lives by pasting their workspaces with colorful stickers. But don't do it if your superiors don't have a sense of humor.
If your buddy has a regular keypad, swap a couple of keys. Surely he will not immediately understand what the catch is.
You can also prank your friends by cooking strange but delicious April Fools' dishes. Find out how in our video review.
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Spaghetti tree, frog wave, and Lenin at Disneyland - Bemorepanda talks about the most interesting April Fools' jokes.
It's as complex as selling a basket of toadstools to a mushroom picker. We didn't try to play a joke on you. We have collected in one article the most famous tricks in history. Do you believe it?
The most famous pranks in history
The feeling of doubt in a person on the first of April is exacerbated. Therefore, isolated examples of deceptions that were believed in are worthy, if intransigence, then at least careful study.
1. Frog Tsunami
In 1906, Wichita Daily Eagle's American newspaper published front-page information about a unique natural phenomenon. The publication reported that a vast wave 11 feet high (more than 3 meters) moves south along the Arkansas River. Towards her, to the north, millions of frogs migrate. Both waves, water and frog, will have to meet near the city of Wichita around 10 am.
Thousands of Kansasians gathered near the river at the appointed hour, wishing to witness an unprecedented event. But they did not wait for frogs or waves: after three hours, people dispersed.
2. Joke bomb
On April 1, 1915, at the height of the First World War, a French soldier made a rather cruel joke on the Germans. He dropped a bomb from a plane on their camp. The Germans fled in panic, but there was no explosion. It turned out that the "bomb" is a soccer ball, which says: "From April 1!"
3. Destruction of the Capitol
In 1933, The Capital Times, published in Madison, Wisconsin, posted a photograph of the destroyed Capitol. The caption stated that the building had been damaged by mysterious explosions caused by "many gases from heated discussions in the Senate."
Many readers did not see the postscript in tiny letters that this is an April Fool's joke, many readers did not see. Therefore, they believed the news and later called the prank "tactless and disgusting."
4. Flyer on skis
In 1934, the German edition of the Berliner Illustrirte Zeitung published an unusual photo. It depicted a man flying through the air, shod in skis, with a “fin” behind. In his hands, he held a device into which he blew. The miraculous invention worked from airflow from the lungs, activating the rotors. The skis served as the chassis, and the "fin" regulated the height and angle of flight.
The funny photo was reprinted by many newspapers, including American ones, such as The New York Times.
5. Giant swarm of evil wasps
In 1949, a New Zealand radio host reported that a swarm of dangerous wasps was moving towards Auckland. According to him, the cloud of insects was a mile long. The radio host advised residents to tuck their trousers into their socks which many have done.
Not everyone took this joke positively. New Zealand radio stations now have a policy requiring that only the truth be told on the air on April 1st.
6. Harvest Spaghetti
On April 1, 1957, the BBC broadcast Panorama aired a story about the spaghetti harvest in Switzerland. Farmers harvested them directly from the trees. Journalists reported that an unprecedented yield was achieved thanks to a mild winter and the destruction of the weevil beetle.
The audience believed. They started calling the BBC, asking how they could grow their tree. The company told them to put the spaghetti in a jar of tomato sauce and "hope for the best."
7. TV stockings
In 1962, the Swedish television channel SVT talked about using a nylon stocking to make an image in colour. An expert named Kjell Stensson spoke earnestly about the latest technology and explained how it works. According to him, light waves are refracted through a fine-meshed grid, due to which colour appears.
To see a colour image, you need to tilt your head at a certain angle. The audience believed and went to the shops for stockings. But this did not help: colour television appeared in Sweden only in 1970.
8. Redhead Disease
On April 1, 1973, BBC radio aired a broadcast about Dutch tree disease affecting red-haired people. A guest of the studio, an academician, said that their hair turns yellow in a few days and then falls out. The man is balding. The academician explained this feature because the blood formula of redheads is similar to the composition of the soil in the forest where the trees were affected.
At the end of the broadcast, it turned out that the well-known Irish writer and comedian Spike Milligan acted as the academician.
9. Awoken Volcano
On the morning of April 1, 1974, the people of Sitka, Alaska, were shocked. Black smoke was coming from the crater of the Edgecombe volcano, dormant since the 19th century. People in a panic began to collect things and prepare for the evacuation.
Coast Guard pilots who flew up to the volcano found out that it was not an eruption. A mountain of old tires burned on the slope. Nearby was a monumental inscription in the snow: "April Fool". It turned out that 50-year-old resident Oliver Bikar arranged the “eruption”. For four years, he collected old tires and then decided to play a prank on fellow citizens.
10. 100 minute hour
On April 1, 1975, the leading Australian television channels announced the introduction of a new time system. A minute now included not 60, but 100 seconds, and an hour - not 60, but 100 minutes. Local authorities said that a 20-hour working day would be introduced in addition to this.
This information was confirmed by the Prime Minister of South Australia Desmond Corcoran, who announced the new system's effectiveness. The story showed how a new clock with a dial of 10 divisions was installed in Adelaide. The audience was shocked.
11. Weakening of gravity
In 1976, the English astronomer Patrick Moore announced an unusual phenomenon on BBC radio. According to him, Pluto and Jupiter are located relative to the Earth in a unique way - so that the combined forces of gravity of celestial bodies weaken the gravitational field. And if the inhabitants of Earth jump at exactly 9:47, they will experience a "strange feeling."
Listeners who called the radio station confirmed that this was the case. Many claimed that they even managed to fly around the room.
12. Paradise country
In 1977, the British edition of The Guardian published a seven-page tab about the small republic of San Serriffe, which occupies several islands in the Indian Ocean. The country was described as a paradise: with beautiful landscapes friendly people. The two main islands on which the state was located were Upper Caisse and Lower Caisse; they were in the form of a dot and a comma.
Readers cut off the newspaper's phones, finding out how to get to San Serriffe and how much it costs to relax there. Journalists later admitted that they were joking, and they used professional terms. San Serriffe is a modified name of the Sans Serif font, Upper Caisse comes from the upper case (capital letter), and Lower Caisse comes from the lower case (capital letter).
13. Electronic Big Ben
On April 1, 1980, the BBC announced that the famous Big Ben clock would become electronic. This news caused a storm of indignation among the listeners.
The Japanese branch of the BBC, which repeated this message, added that the shooters would sell to the four listeners who first get through to the studio. The sailor who sent the application in Morse code to a teletype was ahead of everyone.
14. Haircut guards helmets
In 1980, Soldier magazine broke the news that the fur helmets of the Irish Guards guarding Buckingham Palace needed to be cut regularly. The publication reported that bearskin contains a hormone responsible for hair growth. And this discovery can radically solve the problem of baldness.
This information was believed not only by Soldier readers but also by the London Daily Express, which made a reprint.
15. Defective bras
On April 1, 1982, the British newspaper Daily Mail published a message about the sale of 10,000 defective bras. The publication claimed that they used copper wire for the supporting frame, which was supposed to go to the manufacture of fire alarms. And copper, interacting with nylon and heating up from body heat, can produce static electricity. The owners of defective bras thus interfered with television and radio stations.
They say that even experts believed this joke. For example, the chief engineer of British Telecom allegedly ordered that they check if the company's employees are wearing underwear with copper.
16. Terrible hot-headed ice axes
In 1985, the April issue of Discover Magazine published an article about the discovery of a new species of mammal living in Antarctica. Biologist April Pazzo called the animals hot-headed ice picks: they melted ice and attacked penguins.
“They are disgusting: about six inches long, weigh several ounces, have a very high metabolic rate - their body temperature is 110 degrees, live in labyrinths in ice. They radiate a huge amount of heat through the “plate” on the head, ”said the scientist.
Pazzo suggested that these terrible animals could have caused the disappearance of the Antarctic explorer Philippe Poisson in 1837. According to the authors of Discover Magazine, this article received the most significant number of responses from readers in the history of the publication.
17. Dismantling the Eiffel Tower
In 1986, the French newspaper Le Parisien announced the dismantling of the Eiffel Tower. Many Parisians believed in the prank.
18. Buying Maradona
In 1988, on April 1, the Izvestia newspaper distinguished itself. She printed the news that Diego Maradona was moving to Spartak Moscow for a very decent fee - $ 6 million. The Associated Press picked up the information and it spread around the world. It was the first drawing on the pages of the Soviet press.
19. Tattoo Discount
On April 1, 1994, National Public Radio stated that several large companies, including Pepsi, decided to appeal to young consumers authentically. They promised to give a lifetime 10 per cent discount to those who get a tattoo with the company logo on their ears.
Despite clarifying that it was a hoax, those who wanted to save money attacked tattoo parlours.
20. Vodka bars
Another draw was arranged in 1994 by the ITAR-TASS agency. It announced the release of new sweets, especially for Russia - “vodka bars”. It was a kind of response to Mars and Snickers.
The agency promised that the bars would come in three flavours: pickled cucumber, lemon, and coconut. And shortly, instant vodka in tea bags will appear in stores.
21. Buying the body of Lenin
The Irish Times decided in 1995 to "relocate" Lenin's embalmed body from the mausoleum. The newspaper published the news that the management of Disneyland wants to buy it for any amount, and negotiations are already underway. The new mausoleum was supposed to be an original attraction in the park under construction.
22. General cleaning of the Internet
In 1997, emails were sent to Internet users on behalf of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Network Services Group that there would be a "spring cleanup" from March 31 to April 2. The authors recommended disconnecting all computers from the network.
As stated in the letter, large-scale preventive work was required to cleanse the Internet of electronic garbage accumulated over several years of work. Five powerful Japanese Toshiba ML-2274 robots were supposed to clean up inactive email addresses, broken sites and web resources of hackers.
Similarly, subscribers of telephone exchanges were played earlier. They were asked to wrap their phone handsets in plastic bags to collect dust that could spill out during prophylaxis.
23. Corrected Pi
In 1998, Alabama legislators decided to "change the math, science, and the world forever." And they said that from now on, the number Pi would not be equal to 3.14159 ... but 3.0. This decision was argued by the fact that three is more consistent with the "biblical meaning of the number pi."
Legislators themselves learned that they had made such a decision after a flurry of angry calls and letters that hit them. The news about Pi was published in local newspapers. Thus, the scientist Mark Boslow decided to protest against attempts to cancel the study of the theory of evolution in school.
24. Hamburger for lefties
Also, in 1998, a Burger King ad appeared in USA Today. The company announced a special offer on the menu - a left-handed hamburger. The bun and the filling in it were turned 180 degrees to make it more convenient to have lunch.
The advertisement was believed: visitors came to Burger King for a long time who wanted to order a "left-handed hamburger."
25. Guinness Time
And another high-profile draw in 1998. The Guinness brewing company sent out a press release on the eve of April 1 announcing that it had become a sponsor of the Royal Observatory in Greenwich. And thanks to this, GMT will be renamed Guinness time for the whole year. This news was published by the reputable edition of The Financial Times.
26. Viagra for hamsters
In 2000, the no less respectable British publication The Independent published information about the creation of Viagra for shy hamsters and other rodents. Scientists from Florida thus decided to save pets who suffer from feelings of sexual inferiority. The zookeepers were shocked.
27. Carrot with holes
In 2002, the British supermarket chain Tesko announced in the Sun newspaper a new type of carrot - with holes so that you can whistle through the root crop. And the Waitrose retail chain advertised a hybrid of pineapple and banana - pinan. Newspaper readers have been looking for new products in stores for a long time.
28. Unfulfilled dream
In 2003, over 3,000 people gathered in Prague to open the Czech Dream supermarket. Shortly before this, billboards appeared in the city, promising record low prices. As a result, the ribbon was cut in front of a vast poster installed in the middle of the field.
Students of the directing department arranged the drawing. They decided to conduct a social experiment to create a utopia and made a film about the Czech Dream.
29. Flying penguins
In 2008, the BBC channel in one of the program's episodes, "Wonders of Evolution", talked about flying penguins. They were found near Antarctica. The video, posted on YouTube on March 31, quickly became a hit.
Program host Terry Jones said that the penguins decided to escape the cold and flew to the forests of South America to bask in the tropical sun.
30. Google Inventions
Draws also marked Google. In 2011, the company posted a video about Gmail Motion, a new email tool. Users needed to demonstrate certain gestures in front of the webcam.
Many did not believe that it was a joke: the news about Gmail Motion quickly spread through the media. But the idea was quickly brought to life. Employees of the ICT company wrote a program that allowed you to control the Gmail mail service using gestures and a Kinect controller.
In 2013, Google announced the launch of the Google Nose service, which transferred scents to the user's device. The video, which tells about the new product, is made quite convincingly.
30 finest Photography memes that will impress you
No one disputes that quality photos must first and foremost be technically flawless. This means that they must be clear, have natural colors, have contrast and brightness, contain no image noise, and have sufficient resolution for the intended purpose. These conditions can be met by a modern camera, but even by a phone camera. From here, things get trickier, where the true meaning of life lies.
But when we talk about professional photography, we don't just focus on technical quality. There are many other aspects that bring pluses: the quality of the light, the composition and framing, the way it poses (posing), and many others whose debate could be enough material for a book.
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If you're using your phone as a primary tool for taking photos, I'd say start this discussion by looking at How to take professional photos with your mobile phone. Even if the quality of photos that can be taken with a mobile phone camera is not, due to obvious technical limitations, comparable to that of professional cameras, I am sure that thanks to the devices I am going to offer you, you will be able to shoot a lot.
Use the right lighting It is very important when taking a photo, especially when taking a mobile phone. In fact, proper lighting allows you to start with the right assumptions for quality photos, preventing them from being overexposed (when there is too much light) or underexposed (when there is too little light).
Using manual shooting settings is a great way to try to improve the quality of your photos, as it allows you to act on specific parameters by correcting any starting issues (such as suboptimal lighting conditions). Since it is not possible to change the trigger parameters with the "standard" functions included in Android and iOS, you will have to use third-party applications, such as Camera FV-5 for Android (free) and ProCam (6.99 euros) or Halide ( 6.99 euros) the iPhone.
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6. Edit photos
It may seem strange, but unused digital zoom is another trick you can do to take professional photos with your mobile phone. For what reason? It's not hard to understand: digital zoom, as opposed to optical zoom, is simply a digital magnification of the photo, and as a result, this creates a very ugly urination effect that makes shooting virtually unusable (as you can see in the example image you find at the beginning of the chapter).
Optical zoom (which has been implemented in many mobile phones in recent years, using a set of lenses behind the camera), instead brings the subject to the image so that it is filmed using optical and mechanical elements that shorten or lengthen the focal length, do not cause loss quality. If your mobile phone integrates with your mobile phone, use optical zoom instead of digital zoom. Understand?
Write the photo. It is one of the most important things to pay attention to when photographing, because composition really gives birth to photography. When composing your photo, try not to place the subject in front of a background that is too "confusing", as it may not adequately highlight the subject in the foreground and make sure there are no disturbing elements in the image (e.g. viewers, unwanted reflections). etc.).
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A great way to compose your photo is to use the famous third-party rule that the image composition must be divided into an imaginary grid of 9 rectangles. In order for a subject to stand out, it is advisable to place it at one of the intersections where the imaginary lines of the grid intersect, because this is where the eye of the person viewing the photo will “fall”. Follow this simple trick, it will give your photos a more professional look - you can be sure of it!
Take more pictures. It's a trick that professional photographers use, because the danger of making a mistake in production is always around the corner. For this reason, I invite you to take several photos, perhaps from different angles, so that you can choose the ones that work best.
Many mobile phones may use "burst" mode for this purpose (which can be remembered by simply pressing the button for a long time (software shutter button), but don't think about using it to test sports photography. because it is not designed for this purpose.
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Let's say you want to try your luck in nature photography. In this case, you will most likely need to use a telephoto lens or a lens that has a fairly long focal length, preferably 300 mm above. For what reason? Because, as you can see, photographing an animal from a distance without sacrificing the quality of the shot is essential: you certainly can't get close to it, because it can escape or, even worse, attack you.
Instead, to photograph landscapes, it would be better to use a wide-angle lens with a focal length of less than 35 mm. This will allow you to capture a larger portion of the scene. If you want to try your luck in portrait photography, the ideal would be to use a lens with a focal length of 50mm.
Warning: When choosing a lens, consider the type of camera you have. If your SLR actually has an APS-C sensor, you need to calculate the flash ratio due to the latter, which is 1.5x for the reflections produced by Sony, Nikon and Pentax or 1.6x for the reflections from Canon.
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21. About lenses
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Interesting facts about Saint Patrick's Day that will surely impress you
St. Patrick is without a doubt the most famous saint associated with Ireland. Its holiday is celebrated all over the world and is a common symbol of Irish patriotism. His legends have become commonplace in our understanding of Ireland, and the image of the bishop with a clover is an immediately recognizable symbol for many. But despite his popularity, we know very little about the real man. It seems that the legend of St. Patrick has become much more famous than the historical individual.
Bemorepanda collected for you interesting facts, here are 20 of them about the real St. Patrick.
1. The real name may not have been Patrick. We do not know for sure what his birth name is, but the tradition is that it was Maewyn Succat. He later changed it to Patrick when he became bishop, because it means "noble" in Latin.
2. There are surviving copies of the texts written by St. Patrick. Two Latin works called "Confessions" and "Letter to the Soldiers of Coroticus." These works provide the primary sources for what we know about him.
3. Dating the life of St. Patrick is difficult, but most estimates put it in the middle of the fifth century. Given that he refers to the Frankish people (who lived in places where Germany and France are now) as pagans in one of his works, this assumes that he was written between 451, with a large amount of francs flowing into Gaul is today Western Europe) and 496, when the French were baptized in large numbers.
4. There is a prayer that is said to have been written by St. Patrick, entitled "St. Patrick's Breastplate," but he being the author is now widely rejected by scholars.
5. No one knows where St. Patrick was born. It is a generally accepted fact that St. Patrick is not a native Irishman and is probably from Wales, but his specific place of birth is unclear. In his works he says that it is from a place called Bannavem Taburniae, but this location is not otherwise known.
6. St. Patrick was not the first Christian bishop in Ireland. This honor belongs to Bishop Palladius in the fifth century. Palladius was the Roman Catholic deacon sent by the Church to convert the Irish natives. Some speculate that this person was adopted through folklore and later combined with Patrick to form his legend.
7. He did not drive snakes from Ireland. Everything we know about biology tells us that Ireland has never been a home for snakes. The story was explained as a metaphor for Patrick's transformation of the native Druids left to Christianity. But pagan practices continued long after St. Patrick lived, so the exact meaning of the story is unknown.
8. Almost all the stories about St. Patrick were written centuries after he died. Two commonly cited sources are "The Life and Deeds of St. Patrick" by a Jocelin of Furness, who wrote about 1200, and "The Oldest Lives of St. Patrick" by an unknown MacEvin who wrote his works in the twentieth century. IX.
9. St. Patrick gives only the name of his father, Calpornius, and the father's grandfather, Potitus. He says his father was a deacon and his grandfather a priest. Although later the writers further explained the family tree. Jocelin and MacEvin say that his mother was a frank woman named Conceis. Conceis is said to be related to St. Martin of Tours. Although MacEvin claims to be his sister, Jocelin says she is his niece.
10. St. Patrick never mentions that he has any brothers in his deeds, but Jocelin and MacEvin claim to have a sister named Lupita.
11. From the works of St. Patrick, we have gathered that he was abducted from his home at the age of sixteen and brought to Ireland, along with thousands of others, to be sold as slaves. Patrick worked as a pastor for six years. Jocelin says he is a slave to a pagan prince named Milcho, although Patrick says nothing about his captor. Saying only he was "the man I've been with for six years."
12. Jocelin and MacEvin attribute many miracles to St. Patrick in his youth and describe him as pious since the early years. Although Patrick seems to contradict these claims. Referring to his capture in his youth, he says that "at that time I did not know the true God."
13. St. Patrick is often said to have used mackerel to explain the concept of the Trinity to Irish pagans. Despite the fame of this story, shamrock or its significance in such a way is never mentioned in any work of St. Patrick and is apparently a legend much later attached to it.
14. Shamrock - popular Irish symbol, but not a symbol of Ireland. Already in the Middle Ages in the Irish tombs and manuscripts appeared an image of a harp. However, scientists believe that the harp was popular in Irish legends and culture, long before this period. In medieval times it symbolized the harp of Ireland.
15. An estimated 34 million Americans have Irish roots. Some of them are purebred Irish, meaning they or their parents came from Ireland, but more people have mixed ancestors today. In Ireland, in itself live all 4, 2 million people.
16. In addition to green, St. Patrick's Day is associated with alcoholic libations. However, in Ireland 1903-1970, St. Patrick's Day is a religious holiday. All pubs were closed for the next day. It was abolished in 1970, when St. Patrick's Day was classified as a national holiday.
17. At the age of 16, Patrick was abducted by Irish burglars who sold him into slavery. He lived for many years in Ireland, sheep, and at the age of 22 he managed to escape. After that he came to the monastery in England, where he spent 12 years.
18. St. Patrick, despite being known as the Patron Saint of Ireland, was never officially canonized. His recognition as a saint was made by popular opinion, and probably with the approval of a bishop. Although he is far from the only saint, he was never officially canonized. In fact, the church did not have any formal process for sanctification until the twelfth century. So it is safe to assume that St. Patrick will always be considered a saint.
19. March 17 was chosen for St. Patrick's Day because it is said to be the day he died. The year was declared 461, but we do not know for sure.
20. St. Patrick, you know, he can actually be based on more people. While we are pretty sure that St. Patrick was a historical figure, it is possible that the folk character is derived from two different people. Patrick of Wales and Bishop Palladius mentioned above. The two bishops had stories about their circulation until they became a unified preacher.