April Fools Day 2019: Running List of Jokes, Pranks and General Foolery...

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  • by: Maarten Schenk

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April Fools Day 2019: Running List of Jokes, Pranks and General Foolery...

If you are a fan of pranks and jokes today is undoubtedly the day you have been waiting for. Here is a roundup of some of the funniest or weirdest April Fools jokes we have spotted today, in no particular order.

Note: we are not fact checking them because we don't want to spoil the fun.

Massive Network of Moonshiner Tunnels Discovered Under the Smoky Mountains

This morning, the National Park Service confirmed the existence of an elaborate network of moonshiner tunnels in and around the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. According to a press release from park officials, the miles-long subterranean passageways, which are believed to have been used by bootleggers, were uncovered early last week.

Kanye West Buys Dollywood Theme Park for $130 Million

This morning, it was confirmed that Dolly Parton and Herschend Family Entertainment have reached an agreement to sell the Dollywood theme park to rapper and entrepreneur Kanye West. The critically acclaimed artist took to Twitter to announce the news, sharing a link to the official press release with the text, "Y'all ready for YEEZYWOOD???"

BREAKING: Beto 2020 campaign memo found in El Paso coffee shop!

An astute fan of the Glenn Beck Program recently found a curious document that was apparently left on a corner table of an El Paso coffee shop. Upon closer examination of the coffee-stained pages, the fan was rather surprised to discover it was a Beto campaign memo containing the rough draft of a ...

Breaking News: The Muppet Show Is Returning!

Jarrod Fairclough - In wildly exciting news, we can exclusively report that Disney+ have abandoned their initial concept for a new Muppet series, and instead will put in to production a sixth season of The Muppet Show!

Leaked Mueller Report Proves Barr Lied; Collusion Theorists Vindicated

An unredacted copy of the Robert Mueller report has been leaked to the Washington Post , who published the full document on its website Monday. The report contains many shocking revelations which prove that Attorney General William Barr deceived the world in his summary of its contents, as astute Trump-Russia collusion theorists have been claiming since it emerged.

Led Zeppelin To Reunite As Replacement For The Rolling Stones At Jazz Fest

Over the weekend, news broke that The Rolling Stones postponed their upcoming U.S./Canada tour because Mick Jagger "needs medical treatment." Doctors have advised Mick that he is "expected to make a complete recovery so that he can get back on stage as soon as possible."

Fyre Festival 2

Fyre Festival 2 is a rich experience that emboldens our quest to connect a diverse set of influencers. On two weekends this year, the curious and adventurous come together on Pulau Tinggi, Malaysia.

Daft Punk remove 'Around the World' from back catalogue after becoming flat earthers

The duo reportedly made a secret live return at the 2018 Flat Earth Convention in November...

Royal Mint release coin collection based on emojis complete with 50p poop piece

THE poop emoji is one of six themed 50p pieces - the others feature a peach, a heart, a flame, an aubergine and a crying with laughter smiley.They are expected to go into circulation next month - with colour editions set to follow later in the year.

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Jason "Aquaman" Momoa sign with NZ Rugby

In an announcement that has sent shockwaves through the world of entertainment and sport, Hollywood superstars and All Blacks fans Dwayne "the Rock" Johnson and Jason "Aquaman" Momoa have signed developmental contracts with New Zealand Rugby - and are set for their first taste of rugby in this year's Heartland Championship.

Pornhub is starting a house and techno festival

Pornhub's slide into music gets deeper with the launch of its own house and techno festival. First Kanye West was awarded a premium membership for life, before he was asked to be the creative director for the Pornhub Awards.

CNN Publishes Real News Story For April Fools' Day

ATLANTA, GA-Fooling thousands of readers in a prank that the cable news organization said was "just for fun," CNN published a real news story for April Fools' Day this year.The story simply contained a list of facts, with no embellishment, editorializing, or invented details.

Two-Year Old Zebra Hybrid to Compete in Kentucky Derby - The Zebra

ALEXANDRIA, VA-Paperwork filed with the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission suggests a horse of a different stripe might take all the roses this year in Louisville. Named 'Kalahari," the colt has been clocking record times in a clandestine training facility, located outside of Middleburg, VA. The rules for the famous two-year old race, called the "most ...

MONTEREY BAY AQUARIUM HATCHES "EXTINCT" WOOLY SUNFISH IN WORLD-FIRST

A young wooly sunfish Woola woola in the Aquarium's Open Sea exhibition. © Monterey Bay Aquarium Monterey, CA - In a hair-raising breakthrough, scientists at the Monterey Bay Aquarium have successfully hatched the previously extinct wooly sunfish, or Woola woola.

Updates:

  • 2019-04-01T20:14:26Z 2019-04-01T20:14:26Z
    Added Wooly Sunfish story
  • 2019-04-01T20:11:16Z 2019-04-01T20:11:16Z
    Added Zebra story
  • 2019-04-01T20:08:04Z 2019-04-01T20:08:04Z
    Added CNN story from The Babylon Bee (currently going massively viral)
  • 2019-04-01T18:05:55Z 2019-04-01T18:05:55Z
    Added Lead Stories' editor grandkids joke
  • 2019-04-01T18:01:54Z 2019-04-01T18:01:54Z
    Added Thunberg climate change joke
  • 2019-04-01T15:20:21Z 2019-04-01T15:20:21Z
    Added Google Tulip joke
  • 2019-04-01T15:13:35Z 2019-04-01T15:13:35Z
    Added PornHub joke
  • 2019-04-01T15:11:11Z 2019-04-01T15:11:11Z
    Added All Blacks joke
  • 2019-04-01T15:06:45Z 2019-04-01T15:06:45Z
    Added Royal Mint joke
  • 2019-04-01T15:01:48Z 2019-04-01T15:01:48Z
    Added Daft Punk joke
  • 2019-04-01T14:58:44Z 2019-04-01T14:58:44Z
    Added McPickle Burger joke
  • 2019-04-01T14:55:02Z 2019-04-01T14:55:02Z
    Added Fyre Festival 2 joke
  • 2019-04-01T14:50:19Z 2019-04-01T14:50:19Z
    Added Led Zeppelin joke
  • 2019-04-01T14:35:24Z 2019-04-01T14:35:24Z
    Added Mueller Report joke
  • 2019-04-01T14:33:08Z 2019-04-01T14:33:08Z
    Added Muppet Show news
  • 2019-04-01T14:29:21Z 2019-04-01T14:29:21Z
    Added Beto memo

  Maarten Schenk

Lead Stories co-founder Maarten Schenk is our resident expert on fake news and hoax websites. He likes to go beyond just debunking trending fake news stories and is endlessly fascinated by the dazzling variety of psychological and technical tricks used by the people and networks who intentionally spread made-up things on the internet.  He can often be found at conferences and events about fake news, disinformation and fact checking when he is not in his office in Belgium monitoring and tracking the latest fake article to go viral.

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