No Foolin': A Look Back at Some of the Best Ever April Fools Jokes

April Fools ain’t what it used to be, folks. Maybe it’s the Internet or maybe we are all just getting smarter, but there used to be a time where April Fools was the greatest. Friday on The Glenn Beck Program, Glenn and co-hosts Pat Gray and Jeffy Fisher reminisced about the good old days.

“It was like a national holiday,” Pat said.

"We did Six Flags under Baltimore," Glenn added. “The world's first totally underground amusement park. All underground. All air-conditioned. Had a rollercoaster that went 250 miles an hour. The world's fastest rollercoaster. And we said, it's right off the Beltway, all you have to do is look --- just take the exit right after the big pile of dirt."

People bought it hook line and sinker, too. Pat mimicked the callers and chuckled as he remembered their reaction.

"'I just saw the dirt, and I got off at the exit.' You saw the dirt?" Pat said.

If you were familiar with Glenn and his co-hosts in those days, you'd remember they weren't happy with a joke until they took it as far as they could --- and then some! They went so far as to buy ad time on other stations to advertise the new amusement park. They went to a theme park in Cincinnati to record interviews with park guests and got them to react to the new “air conditioning” and what it was like to ride the worlds fastest roller coaster.

The unwitting participants were happy to oblige, completely oblivious to the absurdity they were commenting on.

Why Should Right-Handers Be Closer to Cleanliness?

The web is an amazing invention and hands-down changed the world in ways we are still figuring out, but it gave the gullible an out. Nobody gets fooled like they used to. Now anything absurd can be Googled and easily found out.

“I don't think you can do these anymore," Glenn said. "Because people --- they immediately go to the Internet, and they check. I mean, they have access to all kinds of information."

He reminded listeners about a big hoax in 1973 carried out by Johnny Carson --- that there was new left-handed toilet paper. Why should right-handers be closer to cleanliness?

Taco Liberty Bell Hoax of 1996

In 1996, Taco Bell took out newspaper ads saying that they had bought the Liberty Bell in an effort to help the national debt. Senators were taken in, and they were upset that the national --- you know, the national parks would sell the Liberty Bell.

Big Ben Goes Digital and Nylons in Technicolor

The best pranks involve groups of people. Why dump a bucket of water on someone walking through a door when you could pull one over on the masses?

“It did not go well in 1980 in London, when they said Big Ben was going digital,” Glenn said.

One of Glenn's favorites was a prank from the Swedish National TV Network. In 1962, they said there was a new color TV which was very expensive. But you don't actually have to go buy a color TV, they said.

"If you want to see your picture in color, all you have to do is view it through a nylon-like nylon stockings," they advertised.

A technical expert on television put a nylon stocking over his head while watching TV, saying, "It's absolutely in color." People all over Sweden spent the day with nylon stockings on their head trying to figure out how it worked.

The Legend of Sidd Finch

An abuse of public trust is typically frowned upon, but sports writer George Plimpton wrote an article about a fictional character and went to great lengths to convince New York Met fans they had the next superstar.

“Did you ever hear this? Of Sidd Finch, Sports Illustrated? Pitcher for the Mets. You remember this in 1985?” Glenn asked.

Pat remembered vaguely.

“He said that the Mets found a guy, a brand-new pitcher who had 160 mile per hour fastball,” Pat said. “168 miles an hour? I mean, 1985, the fastest pitcher in the world threw 97, 98 miles an hour, maybe.”

Don’t Drink and Surf

In 1994, PC magazine on this day came out with a column about a bill that was making its way through Congress that would make it illegal to use the Internet while intoxicated.

“I actually don't think that's an April Fools' joke. I think --- after reading the comments, I think that might be a really good idea,” Glenn joked.

Pat finished things up with this warning.

“Don't drink and surf," he said. "Don't do it.”

In a shocking but underreported conversation ahead of the G7 Speakers' meeting in London last week, Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi admitted that the administration knows China is committing "genocide" against the Uyghurs in the Xinjiang region, but thinks working with the regime on climate change is more important.

On the radio program, an outraged Glenn Beck dissected Pelosi's speech and broke down how — along with the Biden administration's abandonment of Americans in Afghanistan, and the Democrat decision to follow measures of medical "equity" — the far left is revealing how little they really care about human life.

Glenn played a video clip of Pelosi making the following statement:

We've always felt connected to China, but with their military aggression in the South China Sea, with their continuation of genocide with the Uyghurs in Xinjiang province there, with their violation of the cultural, linguistic, religious priority of Tibet, with their suppression of democracy in Hong Kong and other parts of China, as well – they're just getting worse in terms of suppression, and freedom of speech. So, human rights, security, economically [sic].

Having said all of that ... we have to work together on climate. Climate is an overriding issue and China is the leading emitter in the world, the U.S. too and developed world too, but we must work together.

"We have Nancy Pelosi admitting the United States of America knows that they're not only committing [genocide], they're continuing to commit it. Which means, we've known for a while," Glenn noted. "And what does she say? She goes on to say, yes, they're committing genocide against the Uyghurs, but having said that, I'm quoting, 'the overriding issue,' is working together on climate change.

"Would we have worked with Hitler on climate change? Would we have worked with Hitler on developing the bomb? Would we have worked with Hitler on developing the Autobahn? Would we have worked with Hitler on his socialized medicine? Would we have worked with Hitler on any of his national, socialist ideas?" he asked.

"The answer is no. No. When you're committing genocide, no! She said 'we have to work together on climate,' because climate is the 'overriding issue.' The overriding issue? There is no way to describe this mindset. That, yes, they are killing an entire group of people because of their ethnicity or religion. They are systematically rounding them up, using them for slave labor, and killing them, using their organs and selling them on the open market. They are nothing more than cattle. For us to recognize it and do nothing about it is bad enough. But to say, 'we recognize it, but we have bigger things to talk to them about,' is a horror show."

Glenn went on to urge Americans to "stand up together in love, peace, and harmony," or risk watching our nation become the worst plague on human life yet.

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The fall of Lehman Brothers in 2008 marked the largest bankruptcy filing in U.S. history and economic collapse was felt throughout the world. But now China's own version of Lehman Brothers, Evergrande, is teetering closer and closer to that edge, too. On the radio program Thursday, Glenn Beck gave the latest update and predicted how it will affect Asian markets and what it could mean for America's economy.

Glenn explained why he believes a major collapse that is happening now in China will have a cascading effect into a "controlled collapse," a managed decline that will dramatically change America's economy and the way we all live.

"You will not recognize your lifestyle. Hear me," Glenn warned. "And that's not a right-left thing. That's a right-wrong thing. We're on the wrong track. I'm telling you now, there's new information and you are not going to recognize the American lifestyle. ... It could happen tomorrow. It could happen in five years from now, but it will happen. We are headed for a very different country. One where you don't have the rights that you have. And you certainly don't have the economic privileges that Americans are used to."

"The same thing that happened in 2008 is now happening in China," Glenn continued. "This time, it's going to take everything down. When it collapses, it will take everything down."

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Justin Haskins, editorial director of the Heartland Institute, joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to expose a shocking conversation between two Great Reset proponents — Klaus Schwab, chairman of the World Economic Forum, and Christine Lagarde, president of the European Central Bank (Europe's equivalent to the Fed).

The way Schwab and Lagarde discuss the role central banks should play in establishing societal norms, determining your way of life, and defending against potential crisis is proof that the Great Reset is upon us, Justin explained. And the scariest part is that they're not even trying to hide it. The entire, unbelievable conversation has been published on the WEF website, which you can read here.

Glenn read an excerpt from the conversation:

Christine Lagarde: At the ECB, we have now wrapped up and concluded our strategy review, which was the first one in 17 years. And I was blessed to have an entire Governing Council unanimously agree that the fight against climate change should be one of the considerations that we take when we determine monetary policy. So at least the European Central Bank is of the view that climate change is an important component in order to decide on monetary policy. ...

Can we arrive at that trade-off between fighting climate change, preserving biodiversity and yet securing enough growth to respond to legitimate demands of the population? And my first answer, Klaus, to be firm, is that to have a way of life, we need life. And in the medium term, we do have major threats on the horizon that could cause the death of hundreds of thousands of people. So we have to think life, first. We have to think way of life, second. ...

So we have to think life, first. We have to think way of life, second. How can we come together to make sure that we secure the first priority, which is life, and also protect the way of life that people have? And make sure that the cost of it is not so high for some people, that they just cannot tolerate it. I think that the trade-off that we reach will probably require some redistribution, because it is clear that the most exposed people, the less privileged people are those that are going to need some help.

"Do you understand, America, what that means?" Glenn exclaimed. "You have elites, that you never elected, that are having these meetings ... deciding what is a legitimate need for you. And telling you that your needs are going to go away in your lifetime. You may not see a time where you get wants again. Just your needs are going to be addressed. Am I reading this wrong?"

"This is absolutely what is being said here," Justin agreed. "She's very clear that we need to make sure that way of life is second to life. We have to save all these people, hundreds of thousands of people are going to die from this supposedly existential threat of climate change. And their wants, and their desires, and their quality of living, all of that has to come second."

"This is a central bank saying this. This is not an elected official, who is accountable directly to the people. This is a central bank saying, we're going to print money. We're going to use monetary policy, to impose these ideas, to rework society in order to accomplish our goals," Justin added, addressing Lagarde's call for "some redistribution."

Will Great Reset elites — not elected by the U.S. — soon be dictating to the rest of the world? Watch the video clip below to hear Glenn and Justin break it down:

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First comes the "crisis," then comes the expansion. The federal government is seizing on the January 6 Capitol riot to take carte blanche to do whatever it wants and weaponize the event to further empower the new overlords of our country — the intelligence community.

On Glenn TV Wednesday, Glenn Beck reveals what's happening with the U.S. Capitol Police and argues they've morphed into a new arm of the intelligence apparatus, boosted by a massive increase in funding and surveillance equipment and new offices OUTSIDE the Capitol building. The Biden administration has also hidden basic details regarding January 6. Why did officials refuse to release the name of the officer who killed Ashli Babbitt? Where are the 14,000-plus hours of CCTV footage? As any intelligence organization knows, it's best to operate outside the realms of oversight.

Glenn exposes the hidden hand of government that could be used to punish and destroy innocent Americans who are only guilty of holding the "wrong" political view.

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