In this week’s episode, Shevonne talks about five April Fools Prank that went a little too far.
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Hi everyone. Happy April fool's day. So I decided that in honor of April fool's day, April 1st, I was going to share with you some pranks that went a little too far. So the first one we're going to go all the way back to the 17 hundreds, and we've all heard, or we seen cartoons movies about Gulliver's travels. And if you haven't, it's very popular. You can pick up the book or any type of media that has been done for it. And the author, his name is Jonathan Swift. So it seems like he was really irritated with this guy named John Partridge, who seems to have been an astrologer for celebrities. And this guy wrote this really sarcastic account of the church of England and Jonathan Swift. He was a cleric of the church of Ireland, and that seems to be related to the church of England. So he was really annoyed. So he decided that on March 29th, 1708 , he would under the pseudonym, Isaac burka staff. He would predict the death of John Partridge. Then the next day he confirmed, then John Partridge died and he even created this eulogy. And I'm going to go ahead and read it here. Five foot deep lies on his back, a cobbler star , monger , and quack who to the stars and pure Goodwill does to his best look up . We're still weep all you customers that use his pills, his almond act , or shoes that back in the day would be considered throwing some hardcore shade. So the next day on April 1st, there was a knock on John partner's door and he opened it and it was people getting ready to start making funeral arrangements for him. And he probably was like, what the? I'm not dead. Why are you here acting like I am? And he insisted that he wasn't. And it seems like that was something that until he died, seven years later, John Partridge was really affected by was that hoax. So in other words, don't mass with Jonathan Swift.Speaker 3:
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Okay. So the second prank almost started a war. So in 1986 and the Israeli intelligence officer, he decided that it would be an amazing, funny prank. If he fed to an Israel radio that a gunman had assassinated the Lebanese Shia Muslim leader, NABI Berry . So he sent that to the Israel radio and they announced it. And that immediately caused a huge tensions, especially the fact that it wasn't true and NABI Barry was alive. So this actually almost started a war and this cost the intelligence officer to be sentenced to 35 days detention . So that is definitely a lesson that he learned in that day. Was that just because it's April fools doesn't mean that any prank that comes out that day is going to be taken lightlySpeaker 3:
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So this April fool's joke shows that history repeats itself. If you don't learn from history. So on April 1st, 2002 in Kansas city, some radio DJs announced that the local water supply had high levels of dihydrogen monoxide. And the side effects were stuff like urinating, constantly, skin pruning and et cetera. And this caused hundreds of people who were listening to the radio station, a freak out start calling the water department. The police freaked out that there was something in the water. Well dihydrogen monoxide is H2O, which is water. So that is the chemical name for water. So the DJs they were criticized, and somebody even said that it was terrorism. So you would think that somebody would, people would learn and be like, Oh crap, let's not do that again. Well, no . In 2013 to Florida DJs , I guess they heard about the Kansas city DJs in that prank. And they decided, Ooh, I think that is a great idea. Let's go ahead and do the same prank. So they did that and that resulted in them getting yanked off the air. And they even almost got felony charges placed on them. So that teaches the DJ's don't use chemical names and think that is funny and learn from the mistakes of the past, because if you don't, you're going to repeat it .Speaker 3:
Okay. Fourth prank that went wrong was in 2003, a retail store employee in Columbus, Ohio. She called her boss up and she told him all freaked out that there was someone robbing the store at gunpoint. So he did what anybody would do. He immediately called nine 11 . And that time she called him back and was like, ah , ha , it was a prank. And he was like, what? Like, who makes a prank like that? And she looked out her window and there was four patrol cars out there. And she actually got arrested for introducing panic. Well, so the last prank that we're going to talk about, this is a true crime podcasts, YouTube focus on female killers. So I had to end it with someone pretending to be one. So in 2013, Susan, Tammy, Hudson of Kingsport, Tennessee, she called her sister up and she was like, Oh, I just shot my husband. Oh my God, I'm cleaning up the mess. Let's go bury him in Blackwater . And I commend her sister. Her sister didn't do was some family members would do, which would be, yeah, let's go bury him. He , she went and she called the police and the police showed up. So she was lucky because the police did not press charges. And one of the reasons why was because Susan, Tammy Hudson's husband showed up and of course he was alive and stuff like that. So no charges were pressed. So don't call anyone saying that you have murdered someone in our cleaning up the mess. So those were five April fools pranks that went a little too far. Let me know if you've actually conducted a prank that you feel now, w you went a little too far. I think the only type of pranks that I've ever pulled are like, Oh, crap, I messed up your shirt or something silly like that. But let me know if you've done something that basically equates to what these people did.Speaker 3:
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