The Museum of Hoaxes
hoax archive hoax archive hoax archive hoax archive hoax archive
 
Van Gogh's ear exhibited, 1935
The Great Electric Sugar Swindle, 1884
The Diaphote, a television hoax, 1880
Paul Krassner's Stereophonic Hoax, 1960
The Sandpaper Test, 1960
The damp spot that hoaxed a city, 1912
The Man-Eating Tree of Madagascar Hoax, 1874
September Morn, the painting that shocked the censor, 1913
The Instant Color TV Hoax, 1962
The disumbrationist art hoax, 1924
Alien Invasion of Jafr -- April Fool's Day, 2010
Jordan's Al-Ghad newspaper ran a front-page article describing the landing of three extraterrestrial spaceships the previous night in the desert outside the town of Jafr, in eastern Jordan. It reported that ten-foot tall, humanoid creatures emerged from the ships, speaking a language that sounded like "squawking." Their presence caused all electronics in the region to stop working. The ships also emitted an intense heat. Terrified local residents fled in panic, but after an hour and forty minutes, the alien visitors departed, leaving three large scorch marks on the ground.

Many of the residents of Jafr, unaccustomed to April 1st hoaxes, believed the article to be true. Frightened students didn't go to school, and the Mayor of Jafr considered evacuating all of the town's 13,000 residents (but ultimately decided not to). Security personnel searched for the aliens in the desert, but found nothing.

Al Ghad's managing editor later apologized for the article, saying "We meant to entertain, not scare people."

There are no comments yet for this article.
Submit a Comment
In order to post comments you have to register as a member of the site.


All text Copyright © 2014 by Alex Boese, except where otherwise indicated. All rights reserved.