Things went terribly awry for more than a few people
While April Fools is supposed to be a day of laughter and good cheer—we rounded up the best jokes here—some people just went way too far. Below, a glimpse at a few pranks that backfired:
• The student newspaper at the University of Virginia apologized for publishing a joke issue with articles like “ABC officers tackle Native American student outside Bodo’s Bagels” and “Zeta Psi hosts ‘Rosa Parks’ party.” These pieces were published two weeks after the bloody arrest of a black student by white officers from the state’s Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control sparked campus-wide protests.
• A gag involving fireworks resulted in a laundry hamper on fire in an apartment complex near Grand Valley State University in Michigan. Residents were evacuated, and no injuries were reported.
• The following tweet from the Greater Manchester Police Radcliffe reportedly offended parents with children who have been incarcerated.
• Seattle Seahawks Linebacker Bruce Irvin apologized for joke tweets in which he said he was caught drinking and driving after his prank sparked outrage on Twitter.
• Happy Endings, the cult ABC comedy that was cancelled in 2013, will be lucky if it has any fans left after teasing fans with a website of a countdown to April 1 that revealed nothing.