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April Fool's Day and William McKinley

Did you know that April Fool's Day was widely popularized in this country by an unlikely source "“ President William McKinley? On April 1, 1897, McKinley convinced his staff that he was serious about nominating bitter rival William Jennings Bryan to the Supreme Court. The story appeared in several newspapers the following day, and McKinley had to release a statement saying he was only joking. He signed this statement, "April Fools, Bill McKinley."

OK, that's not true at all.
But April Fool's Day is a free pass to lie and laugh about it, and it's less than a week away.  The Museum of Hoaxes put together the definitive list of April Fool's Day pranks. Here are a few:

#4. On April 1, 1996, Taco Bell ran this ad in The New York Times:

"In an effort to help the national debt, Taco Bell is pleased to announce that we have agreed to purchase the Liberty Bell, one of our country's most historic treasures. It will now be called the 'Taco Liberty Bell and will still be accessible to the American public for viewing. While some may find this controversial, we hope our move will prompt other corporations to take similar action to do their part to reduce the country's debt."

#6. On April 1, 1992, NPR's Talk of the Nation with John Hockenberry played clips of Richard Nixon once again declaring his candidacy for President. His new slogan: "I didn't do anything wrong, and I won't do it again." I have a hard time believing people really bought into this, but the Museum of Hoaxes says angry callers expressed their rage until Hockenberry revealed Rich Little was doing his famous Nixon impression.

#10. On April 1, 1976, British astronomer Patrick Moore announced on BBC Radio 2 that at 9:47 AM a once-in-a-lifetime astronomical event was going to occur. Pluto would pass behind Jupiter, temporarily causing a gravitational alignment that would counteract and lessen the Earth's own gravity. Moore told his listeners that if they jumped in the air at the exact moment that this planetary alignment occurred, they would experience a strange floating sensation. When 9:47 AM arrived, BBC2 began to receive hundreds of phone calls from listeners claiming to have felt the sensation. One woman even reported that she and her eleven friends had risen from their chairs and floated around the room.

wisconsin.jpg #16. On April 1, 1933, in an effort to raise Depression Era spirits, The Madison-Capital Times announced that the Wisconsin state capitol building had been destroyed by a series of mysterious explosions. The explosions were attributed to "large quantities of gas, generated through many weeks of verbose debate in the Senate and Assembly chambers." Accompanying the article was this picture.

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Mister Rogers Is Now a Funko Pop! and It’s Such a Good Feeling, a Very Good Feeling
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It’s a beautiful day in this neighborhood for fans of Mister Rogers, as Funko has announced that, just in time for the 50th anniversary of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, the kindest soul to ever grace a television screen will be honored with a series of Funko toys, some of them limited-edition versions.

The news broke at the New York Toy Fair, where the pop culture-loving toy company revealed a new Pop Funko! in Fred Rogers’s likeness—he’ll be holding onto the Neighborhood Trolley—plus a Mister Rogers Pop! keychain and a SuperCute Plush.

In addition to the standard Pop! figurine, there will also be a Funko Shop exclusive version, in which everyone’s favorite neighbor will be wearing a special blue sweater. Barnes & Noble will also carry its own special edition, which will see Fred wearing a red cardigan and holding a King Friday puppet instead of the Neighborhood Trolley.

 

Barnes & Noble's special edition Mister Rogers Funko Pop!
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Mister Rogers’s seemingly endless supply of colored cardigans was an integral part of the show, and a sweet tribute to his mom (who knitted all of them). But don’t go running out to snatch up the whole collection just yet; Funko won’t release these sure-to-sell-out items until June 1, but you can pre-order your Pop! on Amazon right now.

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