When April Fool’s Day jokes go wrong – Tripping upsets Golden Gate Bridge officials
Some have wondered if 2013 was one of the dullest years ever for April Fool’s Day pranks – the novelty wearing off a bit and various public holidays meaning fewer people were around to read them.
But since Monday it has now emerged at least one victim of a travel-related April Fool joke didn’t find it funny at all: San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge.
“Government officials were reluctant to comment but after days of pestering phone calls every 20 minutes around the clock, we got a few words: ‘Last year we had someone blown right off the bridge. That’s when we started thinking about small changes we could make to increase public safety’.”
But in turns out bosses at the bridge were not amused.
Being a sensible startup and not wanting to upset the operators of California’s iconic landmark, Tripping has now clarified the non-closure with readers.
Founder Jen O’Neal says:
“Yes, the Golden Gate Bridge is open to foot and bike traffic. Nicolas Cage does not have poisonous gas missiles stored on Alcatraz. And the Bay Lights installation is definitely not an elaborate North Korean signalling device. But Rice-A-Roni is still the San Francisco treat and this is one of the best cities in the world to visit.”
Thank goodness AFD only comes around once a year.
NB: Golden Gate image via Shutterstock.
Kevin is senior editor and a co-founder at Tnooz. He was previously editor of UK-based magazine Travolution and web editor of Media Week UK from 2003 to 2005.
He has worked in regional newspapers (Essex Enquirer) and started his career at the Police Gazette at New Scotland Yard in London. He has a degree in criminology, a postgraduate diploma in magazine journalism and publishes his first book - a biography about Depeche Mode - in early-2017.