clocApril Fools Day!
It's not something we "celebrate" but I love to see what other people think of. I love it when whole cities of people are fooled on this day.......
This April fools trick ,I fell for...it was 1975 and I was 12. We had just been introduced to calculators..........it sounded right to me.
A television program,This Day Tonight on the ABC was similar to A current Affair but ,without the product testing, announced that METRIC TIME, was being introduced into Australia. We'd not long changed over to metric measurements and it was only 9 yrs since decimal currency. The Metric Time system would have seconds become millidays, minutes become centidays, and hours become decidays.The progmramme showed the then South Australian deputy Premier recomending it and how it would work. Adelaide's Town Hall clock was converted to a 10-hour clock face.
It had viewers ringing the television station for information and complaints from retailers with angry customers.
On april 1st 1978 ,my last year of high school, An iceberg floated into Sydney Harbour.True ! Only it wasn't.
Dick Smith, a well known Australian businessman,had been on radio and TV saying he was going to tow an iceberg from Antarctica. He was going to turn it into icecubes and sell them.
Radio(no live satelites then) gave a running commentary on the iceberg into the harbour and people rushed down to Circular Quay and the harbour foreshore to watch it come in. It looked fantastic unitl it got into the harbour and it rained....washing away the firefoam and shaving cream..............
In 2009 in Melbourne about 400 carowners woke to find their cars wrapped in clingwrap on the morning of April 1st. A note was left
Happy April Fools Day...hope you weren't pranked too badly today.