愚人節就快到了，準備好怎麼捉弄你的朋友了嗎? 你知道愚人節的英文怎麼說嗎? 你知道有歷史上最著名的愚人節把戲嗎? 快來一邊學英文，一邊瞭解這些故事吧!
*April Fools’ Day is celebrated every year on the first day of April as a day when people play*practical jokes and *hoaxes on each other. The jokes and their *victims are known as “April fools”. Hoax stories may be reported by the *press and other media on this day and explained on *subsequent days. Popular since the 19th century, the day is not a *national holiday in any country.
*April Fools’ Day 愚人節
* practical jokes 惡作劇
*subsequent其後的；subsequent events 隨後發生的事情
*national holiday 國定假日
The Eruption of Mount Edgecumbe(埃奇克姆火山的噴發1974.04.01)
The residents of *Sitka, *Alaska woke to a disturbing sight. Clouds of black smoke were rising from the *crater of Mount Edgecumbe, the *long-dormant *volcano neighboring them. People spilled out of their homes onto the streets to *gaze up at the volcano, terrified that it was active again and might soon *erupt. Luckily it turned out that man, not nature, was responsible for the smoke.
A local practical joker named Porky Bickar had flown hundreds of old *tires into the volcano’s crater and then *lit them on fire, all in a attempt to fool the *city dwellers into believing that the volcano was *stirring to life. According to local legend, when Mount St. Helens erupted six years later, a Sitka resident wrote to Bickar to tell him, “This time you’ve gone too far!”
*gaze up at 凝視者
*lit them on fire 點燃…
*city dwellers 市民
The Swiss Spaghetti Harvest (瑞士的義大利麵大豐收1957.04.01)
The BBC news show *Panorama announced that *thanks to a very mild winter and the *elimination of the dreaded spaghetti *weevil, Swiss farmers were enjoying a *bumper spaghetti crop. It accompanied this announcement with *footage of Swiss peasants pulling *strands of spaghetti down from trees.
Huge numbers of viewers were taken in. Many called the BBC wanting to know how they could grow their own spaghetti tree. To this the BBC diplomatically replied, “place a *sprig of spaghetti in a tin of tomato sauce and hope for the best.” Even the director-general of the BBC later admitted that after seeing the show he checked in an encyclopedia to find out if that was how spaghetti actually grew. The broadcast remains, by far, the most popular and widely acclaimed April Fool’s Day hoax ever, making it an easy pick for number one.
*thanks to 由於