This Is Considered As The Biggest April Fool Joke Of All Time

Mayukh Bari14 June 2020 11:10AM IST
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The first time the date was glorified by Geoffrey Chaucer in 'The Canterbury Tales' (1392). He described a foolish incident on '32nd March' in one of his story. Since then everyone around the world is celebrating this day to make fool of others. But do you know which one is considered as the biggest 'April Fool' joke ever?

On April 1 1976, English astronomer Sir Patrick Moore made an announcement on BBC Radio 2 stating that, at exactly 9:47 AM, Pluto would pass directly behind Jupiter in relation to the Earth. This would create a noticeable reduction in gravity on Earth itself - known as the 'Jovian-Plutonian effect'.

For a lot of people, this sounded completely right and reasonable, despite just how ridiculous it was. And fair enough - it came from a pretty reliable source. Later on that day BBC reported getting a hell of a lot of calls from people all over the country telling them they were having bizarre gravitational experiences.

One woman claimed that she and her friends were sitting and they were lifted from their chairs and gently orbited around the room. Another woman said that she and her eleven friends were sitting at a table - and soon enough, everyone began to ascend.

The reason that Moore performed this hoax was really just to raise awareness of the fact that the whole idea of 'planetary alignment' and its effects on Earth are nonsensical. He also added,

Let us hear no more of this nonsense about the 'planetary alignment.' It happens every 170 years or so; nothing spectacular will be seen in the sky; and in the opinion of almost everyone, it can affect nobody and nothing.

It's strange how so many people thought it sounded right - but when it actual fact, it was just a hoax. The human mind does miracles if you want it to believe in something. And this doesn't make you a believer - makes you just a FOOL.