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10 Amazing April Fools’ Day Trivia Questions

There’s no way we can compete with prank suggestions from the likes of <a title="Buzzfeed Best Pranks" href="http://www.buzzfeed.com/alanwhite/the-27-pranks-you-need-to-really-own-april-fools-day" target="_blank">Buzzfeed</a>, but what we <em>can</em> do is try to fool you with a little April Fools’ Day trivia. All of these trivia questions are related to April Fools’ Day (as far as you know) and will hopefully be more enjoyable than being on the receiving end of <a title="Image" href="http://runt-of-the-web.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/chewbacca-contest.jpg" target="_blank">this</a> … or <a title="Image" href="http://runt-of-the-web.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/april-fools-pranks.jpg" target="_blank">this</a> … or <a title="Image" href="http://runt-of-the-web.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/hand-sanitizer-prank.jpg" target="_blank">this</a>. Ready? Let’s go! (NOTE: Don’t click the links below until <em>after</em> you take the quiz if you want to see how much you know!) <strong>1.</strong> In April 1957, a BBC <a title="BBC News" href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=27ugSKW4-QQ" target="_blank">news broadcast</a> fooled countless people into believing Swiss farmers had developed a plant that grew what food item? A) Steak B) Spaghetti C) Beer or D) Bratwurst. <strong>2.</strong> What popular television show features a lovable joker who has <a title="22 Words Best Pranks" href="http://twentytwowords.com/compilation-of-jims-best-pranks-on-dwight-from-the-office/" target="_blank">set a new standard for pranks</a> in the workplace? A) Workaholics B) Parks &amp; Recreation C) The Office or D) The Middle. <strong>3.</strong> The radio broadcast <em>War of the Worlds</em>, scripted by Orson Welles, allegedly sent millions into a panic about a Martian invasion, but the story of the panic was itself a hoax perpetrated by what/whom? A) Orson Welles B) The Smithsonian C) Politicians or D) American newspapers. <strong>4.</strong> One of oldest celebrations of April Fools’ Day was known in an ancient language as the festival of A) <em>Hilaria</em> B) <em>Laughorius</em> C) <em>Jesternia</em> or D) <em>Jocularium</em>. <strong>5.</strong> The BBC, up to its familiar tricks again in April 2008, fooled thousands with a <a title="BBC News" href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bynBiiPNHI8" target="_blank">fake nature documentary</a> that featured what flightless birds taking wing? A) Turkeys B) Ostriches C) Kiwis or D) Penguins. <strong>6.</strong> News is now circulating that Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, has already <a title="Wonkette" href="http://wonkette.com/545371/well-of-course-jill-biden-pranks-old-handsome-joe-biden-for-april-fools-day-video" target="_blank">pulled her April Fools’ Day prank</a> by popping out of what to scare him on Air Force Two? A) Suitcase B) Closet C) Overhead luggage compartment or D) Bathroom. <strong>7.</strong> In 2013, Google spoofed its own inability to improve Gmail by introducing a hoax “upgrade” that <a title="YouTube" href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zr4JwPb99qU" target="_blank">turned everything in Gmail what color</a>? A) Red B) Blue C) Green or D) Yellow. <strong>8. </strong>April Fools’ Day is traditionally celebrated in France by pranksters trying to pin what on people’s backs without them noticing? A) Donkey tail B) ‘Kick Me’ sign C) Paper fish or D) Currency note. <strong>9.</strong> In 1985, George Plimpton wrote a <a title="Sports Illustrated" href="http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1119283/" target="_blank">satirical biopic</a> in<em> Sports Illustrated</em> about an athlete named Sidd Finch, fooling many readers into believing the fictional hero would revolutionize what sport? A) Baseball B) Soccer C) Football or D) Basketball. <strong>10. </strong>April Fools’ Day in the U.S. often invites a traditional prank, the term for which has become shorthand for any fool’s errand, that sends a gullible person to hunt for what animal? A) Snipe B) Mink C) Gopher or D) Jackalope. <a title="ATG Stores Home Page" href="http://www.atgstores.com/default.aspx" target="_blank">ATGStores.com</a> hopes you have a fun and funny April Fools’ Day, starting with all the right answers (no fooling!): B, C, D, A, D, C, B, C, A, A
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