Five Best Hoaxes of April Fool’s Day That Happened
A tree that grows spaghetti?
The greatest pitcher that never played baseball?
The value of “Pi” is changing?
An animal that digs through ice by making its body burning hot?
Planetary alignment causes people to levitate?
Sounds unbelievable? Many people actually believed these stories when they were made public. Read the hoaxes in Chinese and English below. I also would like to share with you 10 popular phrases that you can useon April Fool’s Day in Chinese.
10 Popular April Fool’s Day Phrases
April Fool’s Day
yú rén jié
Happy April Fool’s Day
yú rén jié kuài lè
April Fool’s Day is on April 1
yú rén jié shì sì yuè yī hào
kāi wán xiào la
Person who has been fooled on April Fool’s Day
yú rén jié bèi yú nòng de rén
Have you ever been fooled on April Fool’s Day?
nǐ zài yú rén jié bèi yú nòng guò ma?
Do you know about April Fool’s Day?
nǐ zhī dào yú rén jié shì zěn me huí shì ma?
When did April Fool’s Day custom start?
yú rén jié de fēng sú yuán yú hé shí ne ?
Most April Fool’s jokes are in good fun and not harmful
yú rén jié de wán xiào dà dū hǎo wán ér wú hài
Below are five of the best April Fool’s Day hoaxes in English and Chinese that actually fooled people. Practice your Chinese reading skills with annotated text. Simply click on any word you don’t know to see the pinyin and English definition. Then read the English version to check your understanding of the Chinese text.
|April Fool’s Day||愚人节||yú rén jié|
|Happy April Fool’s Day||愚人节快乐||yú rén jié kuài lè|
|April Fool’s Day is on April 1||愚人节是四月一号||yú rén jié shì sì yuè yī hào|
|Just kidding||开玩笑啦||kāi wán xiào la|
|Person who has been fooled on April Fool’s Day||愚人节被愚弄的人||yú rén jié bèi yú nòng de rén|
|Have you ever been fooled on April Fool’s Day?||你在愚人节被愚弄过吗？||nǐ zài yú rén jié bèi yú nòng guò ma?|
|Do you know about April Fool’s Day?||你知道愚人节是怎么回事吗？||nǐ zhī dào yú rén jié shì zěn me huí shì ma?|
|When did April Fool’s Day custom start?||愚人节的风俗源于何时呢？||yú rén jié de fēng sú yuán yú hé shí ne ?|
|Most April Fool’s jokes are in good fun and not harmful||愚人节的玩笑大都好玩而无害||yú rén jié de wán xiào dà dū hǎo wán ér wú hài|
The Swiss Spaghetti Harvest
Spaghetti harvest 1957: The respected BBC news show Panorama announced that thanks to a very mild winter and the virtual elimination of the dreaded spaghetti weevil, Swiss farmers were enjoying a bumper spaghetti crop. It accompanied this announcement with footage of Swiss peasants pulling strands of spaghetti down from trees. Huge numbers of viewers were taken in. Many called the BBC wanting to know how they could grow their own spaghetti tree. To this the BBC diplomatically replied, “place a sprig of spaghetti in a tin of tomato sauce and hope for the best.”
Sidd Finch 1985: Sports Illustrated published a story about a new rookie pitcher who planned to play for the Mets. His name was Sidd Finch, and he could reportedly throw a baseball at 168 mph with pinpoint accuracy. This was 65 mph faster than the previous record. Surprisingly, Sidd Finch had never even played the game before. Instead, he had mastered the “art of the pitch” in a Tibetan monastery under the guidance of the “great poet-saint Lama Milaraspa.” Mets fans celebrated their teams’ amazing luck at having found such a gifted player, and Sports Illustrated was flooded with requests for more information. In reality this legendary player only existed in the imagination of the author of the article, George Plimpton.
Alabama Changes the Value of Pi
1998: The April 1998 issue of the New Mexicans for Science and Reason newsletter contained an article claiming that the Alabama state legislature had voted to change the value of the mathematical constant pi from 3.14159 to the ‘Biblical value’ of 3.0. Soon the article made its way onto the internet, and then it rapidly spread around the world, forwarded by email. It only became apparent how far the article had spread when the Alabama legislature began receiving hundreds of calls from people protesting the legislation. The original article, which was intended as a parody of legislative attempts to circumscribe the teaching of evolution, was written by physicist Mark Boslough.
Hotheaded Naked Ice Borers
1995年愚人节。探索杂志著名野生动物学家Aprile Pazzo博士在南极洲发现了一种新生物：热性裸体凿冰虫。这种生物的头上有盘状骨头，血液丰富，温度很高，因此能够穿透冰层。他们以此来捕食企鹅。 Pazzo博士同时声称，经过详细调查，这种动物与1837年南极探险家Philippe Poisson的失踪有关：“对这种虫来说，他可能长得像企鹅。”探索杂志上还从来没有哪篇文章得到如此多的读者反馈。
Hotheaded Naked Ice Borer 1995: Discover Magazine reported that the highly respected wildlife biologist Dr. Aprile Pazzo had found a new species in Antarctica: the hotheaded naked ice borer. These fascinating creatures had bony plates on their heads that, fed by numerous blood vessels, could become burning hot, allowing the animals to bore through ice at high speeds. They used this ability to hunt penguins, melting the ice beneath the penguins and causing them to sink downwards into the resulting slush where the hotheads consumed them. After much research, Dr. Pazzo theorized that the hotheads might have been responsible for the mysterious disappearance of noted Antarctic explorer Philippe Poisson in 1837. “To the ice borers, he would have looked like a penguin,” the article quoted her as saying. Discover received more mail in response to this article than they had received for any other article in their history.
Planetary Alignment Decreases Gravity