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5 April Fools’ Pranks That Went Horribly Wrong This Year

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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.

Before this hits the media I just wanna apologize to my fans and the @Seahawks organization once again. I made a terrible decision b driving

— Bruce Irvin (@BIrvin_WVU11) April 1, 2015

After I had a few drinks. I will do everything to get ur trust back and will become a better person after this.

— Bruce Irvin (@BIrvin_WVU11) April 1, 2015

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.

@happywrites Sure, everyone saw it coming, but why would you just troll all of your fans, other than to just be completely mean-spirited?

— FuzzBeedEli (@FuzzBeedEli) April 1, 2015

.@happywrites you have officially ruined my day and everything you've done with 3 seasons of the funniest show of all time has become lesser

— Rob (@RDefina) April 1, 2015

Read next: These Radio Hosts Pulled the Best April Fools’ Prank on Their Coworkers

Pucker Up: 15 Awkward Political Kisses

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) Announces His Run For President At Liberty University
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz kisses his wife before walking onstage to speak at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., to announce his presidential candidacy on March 23.Mark Wilson—Getty Images
President Barack Obama gives German Chancellor Angela Merkel a kiss on the cheek on arrival for the G8 Summit on May 18, 2012 at Camp David, Md.Charles Dharapak—AP
John Kerry Rally Delayed by Close Vote
Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry kisses his wife Teresa Heinz Kerry at a victory rally after the U.S. senator from Massachusetts was projected the winner in the Wisconsin primary Feb. 17, 2004 in Madison, Wisc.Chris Hondros—Getty Images
Rick Perry Announces He's Dropping Out Of Presidential Race
Republican presidential candidate, Texas Gov. Rick Perry kisses his wife Anita at the end of a news conference at Hyatt Place, Jan. 19, 2012 in North Charleston, S.C.Allison Joyce—Getty Images
Al Gore kisses wife
Former Vice President Al Gore is kissed by his wife Tipper, after addressing the delegates at the Democratic National Convention on July 26, 2004, in Boston.Ron Edmonds—AP
Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney Holds Election Night Gathering In Boston
(L-R) Republican presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, kisses his wife, Ann Romney, in front of Republican vice presidential candidate, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and wife, Janna Ryan, on stage after conceding the presidency during Mitt Romney's campaign election night event at the Boston Convention—Exhibition Center on Nov. 7, 2012 in Boston.Matthew Cavanaugh—Getty Images
George W. Bush, Oprah
Republican presidential candidate Texas Gov. George W. Bush kisses talk show host Oprah Winfrey on Sept. 19, 2000 after appearing on her program in Chicago. Wilfredo Lee—AP
US President Barack Obama kisses Hillary Clinton
US President Barack Obama kisses US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton after his speech about health care reform before a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Sept. 9, 2009. Jason Reed—AFP/Getty Images
Newt Gingrich, Callista Gingrich
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich kisses his wife Callista after a Republican presidential candidate debate at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord, N.H. on Jan. 8, 2012.Charles Krupa—AP
Hillary Rodham Clinton, Nicolas Sarkozy
French President Nicolas Sarkozy, left, kisses goodbye to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on the steps of the Elysee palace after their meeting on Jan. 29, 2010 in Paris.Christophe Ena—AP
Mitt Romney, Ann Romney
Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney gets a kiss from his wife Ann during his election night rally on Nov. 7, 2012, in Boston.David Goldman—AP
Mayor Bloomberg Appears With The Muppets In Times Square
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg kisses Muppet Miss Piggy as Kermit the Frog looks on during a news conference on April 13, 2012 in New York City.Justin Sullivan—Getty Images
George W. Bush, Condolezza Rice
Former President George W. Bush, right, kisses former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice during the ground breaking ceremony for the President George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas on Nov. 16, 2010.LM Otero—AP
Rick Santorum, Karen Santorum
Republican presidential candidate, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum kisses his wife Karen before speaking to supporters at an election-night party in the gymnasium of Steubenville High School in Steubenville, Ohio on March 6, 2012.Gene J. Puskar—AP
US President George W. Bush and his dog.
US President George W. Bush is greeted by one of his dogs after arriving from giving the commencement speech at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, aboard Marine One on the south lawn of the White House in Washington on May, 21, 2005.Andrew Councill—AFP/Getty Images

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