Perhaps death isn’t a laugh riot
In 2013, Susan Tammy Hudson in theh US called her sister on April 1 saying, “I shot my husband, I’m cleaning up the mess, let’s go bury him in Blackwater.” Though Hudson may have thought she was being funny, no one else did – and soon the police showed up. No charges were pressed after Hudson’s husband arrived home alive and well.
For April Fools’ Day of 2013, 18-year-old Tori Wheeler pranked her boyfriend, Derek Bauer by pretending she was pregnant. Wheeler – upset that Bauer didn’t find her prank as funny as she’d hoped – pulled a knife on him and the police ended up having to settle the matter. Predictably, she later said the knife was yet another prank. Don’t prank with knives, kids!
In 2016, Google, as an April Fools’ prank, added a “mic drop” button to their email program, which when clicked, sent a GIF to the recipients of the outgoing email and, here’s the kicker, literally disabled replies, in effect, shutting down the conversation (as mic drops do). But the big problem was that the “mic drop” button was right next to the “send” button, leading countless hapless – and later, horrified – people to mic-drop their bosses, clients, spouses, children, friends and family. Although Google disabled the button, the damage was done. At least one individual reported getting canned thanks to Google’s jest.
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