War-of-the-Worlds Radio Play

April Fools’ Day means many different things, to many different people. To some, April 1 is just any other day. To others, it is a time of pranks and hoaxes. Historically and culturally it has other meanings.

The first of April is the day we remember what we are the other 364 days of the year.

Mark Twain

Mark Twain always has a good quip for occasions like this. So, if we are being fools today, what is your favorite hoax? For me, it is The War of the World’s radio broadcast. Depending what history you read, it was a huge scare or a minor annoyance. Whatever the case, the radio broadcast of H.G. Wells’ novel of the same name definitely got people’s attention and newspapers and radios went nuts the next day about the panic it caused. Later, the movie caused a stir in theaters, and now we have a musical edition! Personally, I really enjoy all the renditions of The War of the Worlds, even the short lived TV series and modern remake of the movie. The musical, by far, is my favorite currently.

Just like today, news out of context or misunderstood can cause panic and confusion if we don’t take the time to confirm the source and purpose of the news. For you, what hoax throughout the ages has been your favorite? What one do you feel would be worthy to ponder on April Fools’ Day?

April Fools’ Day – Favorite Hoax?

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