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No 1.Less Gravity|
British astronmer Patrick Moore annnounced on BBC Radio 2 that at exactly 9:47 a.m the planet Pluto would pass behind the planet Jupiter,resulting in a strong pull against the Earth's own grativity and making people lighter for the moment.He told listeners that they could experience this jumping in the air at 9:47.If they did so,he said,They would experience floating.
When 9:47 a.m arrived,BBC2 began to receive hundreds of calls from listeners who claimed that they had felt the floating.One woman claimed that she had been seated around a table with 11 friends,had begun to float around the room.Another caller complained that she had risen from the ground so rapidly that she had hit her head on the ceiling.......
No.2 A Strange Island
The "Guardian '' published a special seven page supplement describing the tenth anniversary of the small island of San Serriffe.Articles described the strange culture of the island .One strange island custom was the festival of the Well made play.During which islanders would perform the complete cycle of plays by playwright William Douglas -Home in English,Caslon,and Ki-flong (languages of the island)Strangely enough,the islanders did not appear to understand the play themselves.
"If you have a picture of San Serriffe,we'd like to see it.'' The Guardian reported that its phone rang all day as people called up requesting more information about this island.
The island reappeared on April Fool's Day in 1978,1980,and 1999.Moreover,each time it reappeared the island had changed location.
It began in the Indian Ocean,moved to The South China Sea,and ended up in the North Atlantic..
No.3 UFO lands near London
On March 31,astonsihed British policemen were sent to investigate a glowing flying saucer that had settled down in a field in Surrey.As the policemen approached it, the door opened in the bottom of the ship and a small figure wearing a silver space suit walked out.The policemen immediately fled in the opposite direction.The figure turned out to be a midget,and the flying saucer was a hot air balloon that had been specially built to look like a UFO by Richard Branson,the 36-year-old chariman of Virgin Records.Branson had taken off in the balloon the day before ,planning to land in london's Hyde Park on April 1.However ,a wind change had blown him down a day early in the Surrey field.
The police reported that they received a flood of phone calls from scared motorist using roadside emergency phones as he balloon passed by the highway.One lady reportedly called a radio station to describe the UFO that she was looking at,not realising that she was standing in front of her wondow naked
One of the policemen who had to approach the "UFO'' later admitted that"i have never been so scared in 20 years of being a policeman.''
No.4 The Swiss Spaghetti Harvest
On April 1,1957 the British news show broadcast a story about the big spaghetti harvest in southern Switzerland.The success of the crop was because of an unusually mid winter.The audience heard the details of the spaghetti crop as they watched a rural Swiss family picking up spaghetti off trees and placing it into baskets
Why,if spaghetti grows on trees,does it always come in uniform lengths?The answer was that"this is the result of many years of patient effort.''
And the life of the spaghetti farmer was not free of worries:"the last two weeks of March are an anxious time for spaghetti farmers.There's always the chance of a late frost which,while not entirely destroying the crops,generally affects the flavor and makes it difficult for him to obtain top prices in world market.''
For those who love this dish,there's nothing like real ,home-grown spaghetti .
The BBC was flooded with calls,and when curious viewers asked how they could grow spaghetti trees,and the BBC reportedly replied that they should "place a piece of spaghetti in a tin of tomato sauce and hope for the best.''