Historic April Fools’ Pranks
Practical jokes? Hoaxes? General trickery? All these things are associated with April 1st, also known as April Fools’ Day. While scholars can’t seem to agree on the origin of the holiday, we do know that it has made fools of many for centuries. Early 20th century Floridians enjoyed the holiday, and, consequently, our papers have many stories about assorted shenanigans. We’ve included a selection of holiday related content below. And just remember, if it sounds too good to be true on April 1st, it probably is.
Masthead reminder for the forgetful.
Speculation as to the origin of the holiday.
People apparently weren’t expecting such a shocking prank in 1885.
Reports that the Liberty Bell was stolen while in New Orleans turned out to be an April Fools prank concocted by some journalists covering the World’s Industrial and Cotton Exhibition.
The Lakeland evening telegram wrote about a non-existent airship flying over the city in the hopes of making everyone go outside to search for it.
Sending poisoned candy seems a little beyond just a harmless prank…
Some companies used April Fool’s to advertise their goods as anything but a joke.