''You little bastard''

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Written by: 360.org
Monday, 11 February 2019

2018 - It is the sole day of the year that the so commonly used term 'fake news' is actually a normal part of the day. Media and individuals try to prank people with silly make-believe stories, yet many people enjoy the permission to pull pranks. Today, on the 1st of April we celebrate April Fool's Day. But where did all this madness revolving around this 24-hour pranking period start?

History
To see how far back April Fool's Day goes, we have to dig deep. It's become a tradition in many European and Western countries, making it almost impossible to retrace the exact moment of initiation. There are many theories about how April Fool's Day came to be, but first written records of the pranks are from the early sixteenth century.

Pranks
Not only the media make it an annual happening to fool the people. In 1974, a prankster in Alaska brought 70 tires up to the crater of a dormant volcano and set them on fire, making people believe the volcano was active, causing mayhem. When another volcano really erupted four years later, the fire starter was sent a note, 'blaming' him for the eruption: ''This time, you little bastard, you've gone too far.'' Although some practical jokes seem unbelievable, there will always be people unaware of the exact date.


360 trivial fact
Another clever planned prank, the BBC came up with a video for the series 'Miracles of Evolution', showing flying penguins heading off to warmer territories.




Mission: transmission

Although his father taught him to sail and wanted him to join the Italian marine, young Guglielmo Marconi didn't pass his test. However, this didn't mean he couldn't go overseas. He found a whole different means to bridge the Atlantic. In 1911, on Sunday the 19th of November, Marconi greeted the New York Times in America, from his station in Italy. Surpassing the expectations and the existing record of distance bridged, with this 4000-mile transmission. All wirelessly. Read More >>


Smoke Underground

It was around half past seven in the evening of the 18th of November in 1987, when a small and supposedly harmless match fell on the ground under a wooden escalator. Some passenger had probably used it to light a cigarette on his way out of the tube station. Unfortunately, this little event turned into a catastrophic day for London. On that day, 31 people died and another 100 were injured in a fire at King's Cross, London's busiest tube station. Read More >>


Wonder of the world, the Panama Canal

Between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans lies one of the seven wonders of the modern world, according to the American Society of Civil Engineers. When buying a 'ticket', one's got at least six to eight hours to behold the modern miracle, which is the Panama Canal. On the 17th of November, 1913, the first fortunate people sailed their ship across its 77-km length. Read More >>


Mamma Mia!

The Swedish Agnetha, Björn, Anni-Frid and Benny wanted to amaze people with their music and they did. The quartet had their massive breakthrough at the European Song Contest on the 16th of November in 1974. From that moment on, their fame started skyrocketing. Using their initials to create the band's catchy name, ABBA was born. Read More >>


Girl You Know It’s (not) True!

Today in 1990, the German producer Frank Farian held a press conference and confessed that the hit-duo Milli Vanilli didn’t actually sing any of the vocals heard on their records. Milli Vanilli was an R&B duo from Munich and sold millions of records in the late 1980’s. Their most popular song was Girl You Know It’s True, for which they received a Grammy Award for Best New Artist. Read More >>

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