I came. I saw. I forgot what I was doing.
April 1, 1962:
Technical expert, Kjell Stensson, went on Swedish television to inform the public that, thanks to a new technology, viewers could convert their existing sets to display color reception. He explained that all viewers had to do was pull a nylon stocking over their TV screen, and the mesh would cause the light to bend in such a way that it would appear as if the image was in color. He proceeded to demonstrate the process. Thousands of people were taken in. Today, many Swedes remember their fathers rushing through the house trying to find stockings to place over the TV set. Coincidentally, regular color broadcasts began in Sweden on April 1, 1970.
Mark your calendar.
Tonight the Moon will be visible from the Earth.
The last time this happened was last night.
April 1, 1978:
A barge towing a giant iceberg appeared in Sydney Harbor. Dick Smith, a local adventurer and millionaire businessman, had been loudly promoting his scheme to tow an iceberg from Antarctica for quite some time. Now he had apparently succeeded. He said that he was going to carve the berg into small ice cubes, which he would sell to the public for ten cents each. These well-traveled cubes, fresh from the pure waters of Antarctica, were promised to improve the flavor of any drink they cooled. As the iceberg made its way into the harbor, local radio stations provided blow-by-blow coverage of the scene. But when the iceberg docked into the harbor, it started to rain and the truth was revealed. The prankster had built a mountain of white plastic sheets and covered it with firefighting foam.
Life could be worse. Milk could have pulp.
April 1, 1996:
The Taco Bell Corporation took out a full-page ad in six major newspapers announcing that it had bought the Liberty Bell and was renaming it the Taco Liberty Bell. Hundreds of outraged citizens called the National Historic Park in Philadelphia to express their anger. A few hours later, Taco Bell revealed that it was all a practical joke. The best line of the day came when White House press secretary Mike McCurry was asked about the sale. He replied that the Lincoln Memorial had also been sold. It would now be known, he said, as the Ford Lincoln Mercury Memorial.
Well, another month has passed, and I still haven’t used algebra for anything.