April Fool’s Trivia Answers

April Fool's Day 20151. Where is the earliest recorded association between April 1st and foolishness found?

In the Canterbury Stories (1392) by Geoffrey Chaucer.

2. If a fellow is fooled by a pretty girl what is his fate?

He will end up married to her, or at least will enjoy a healthy friendship with the lass.

3. On April Fools’ Day, 2009, travel site Expedia offered exclusive flights to this highly what desired space destination?

Mars

4. According to a CareerBuilder.com survey, what percent of workers say they have either initiated or been on the receiving end of a workplace April Fools’ Day prank?

32 percent

5. What do children in certain areas of Belgium do on April Fool’s Day?

Children lock out their parents or teachers and only let them in if they promise to give them sweets.

6. What author wrote, “It’s better to keep your mouth shut and be thought a fool than to open it and leave no doubt;”  and “Let us be thankful for the fools. But for them the rest of us could not succeed.”  and  “The first of April is the day we remember what we are the other 364 days of the year?”          Mark Twain

"It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt. " - Mark Twain
7. What late 1980s April Fool’s Day joke about a futuristic technological advance ultimately became a reality?

A British television Saturday morning kids’ program ran an April Fool hoax about a device named Chippy (a “chippy” is a common term for a fish and chips takeway). The claim was that this new type of walkman could hold hundreds of songs on a microchip, thus rendering CDs and radio obsolete. Fast forward to the 2000s, and MP3 players…

8. On April 1, 1946 what happened when a pacific island population didn’t believe a weather warning, thinking it was an April Fool’s hoax?

A powerful tsunami killed scores of unsuspecting people.
9. What hoax did the Dutch television news once report?

That the famous Tower of Pisa had fallen over. Many shocked and even mourning people contacted the television studio.

Worth1000.com April Fool's photo

This Worth1000.com award winning photo from hank101 would have been a great accompaniment to the April Fool’s story.

10. In Scotland, an April fool is called an April _gowk__ — Scottish for ___cuckoo_______, which is an emblem of ____simpletons_________.

11. c. In 1983, Joseph Boskin, professor emeritus of American humor at Boston University, spun the false tale of Constantine for an Associated Press reporter writing about April Fool’s Day. The news agency was not pleased. (No one really knows how April Fool’s Day started, but a. and b. are both historical theories.)

12. b. Orson WellesWar of the Worlds broadcast did take place, but it was on Halloween, and it was intended as a radio show, not a prank.

Orson Welles

Orson Welles scared many during his live Halloween radio show , H.G. Wells’ “War of the Worlds.”

13. True. How does the BBC take people in every year? Spaghetti trees in 1957, Smell-a-vision in 1965, Big Ben in 1980 (the famous clock never did go digital). See the BBC’s trickery at the Museum of Hoaxes.

14. c. The Granite Mountain Vault isn’t a safe house for high-ranking officials during a national disaster (at least that we know of ….)

The poor infielder, who almost caught the ball only to have it rebound and remove several of his teeth, was Joe Sprinz. This Wikipedia page has names of those killed in the Molasses Disaster. And if you want your memorabilia sent to the moon, go to LunarLegacy.

15. b. Sorry to break it to you: You’ll never see that $1,000 from Bill Gates.  According to Snopes.com, fabric softener sheets can leave a waxy buildup on the lint filter in your dryer. Who knew? But a quick wash in warm, soapy water should take care of it.

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