It’s that time of year again, April Fools’ Day, and we can expect story after story of frankly hard to believe ‘news’ stories. But what if that unbelievable news story was actually true?
This Reddit thread set out to uncover some of those true stories that broke on 1st April but everyone thought were fake.
Here’s five that we picked out:
1Matt Hamill saved baby in car travelling the wrong way
On 1st April 2015 Matt Hamill, a deaf U.S. MMA fighter was driving in New York when he was passed by a car going the wrong way. He turned his truck round and caught up with the rogue vehicle, bringing it to a halt with his own. Matt couldn’t get the door open and so smashed the window with his fists. Inside he found a young child in the back and an unconscious female driver who was later charged with under the influence of alcohol and drugs.
2The cruellest April Fools’ joke mother nature has played
On the 1st April 1946 in Hawaii a tsunami siren was sounded but because of the date it wasn’t immediately taken seriously. The forewarned tsunami hit Big Island with devastating effect. In a matter of moments, more than 1,300 homes were swept away, and 159 people were killed.
3Marvin Gaye was fatally shot by his father
On the 1st April 1984 Marvin Gaye was fatally shot by Marvin Gaye Sr. after intervening in an argument between his parents. Marvin’s parents had been in an on going dispute over a misplaced insurance policy letter eventually provoking a violent altercation between Marvin Jr. and Marvin Sr. and later the fatal gun shot.
4Gmail released with an amazing 1GB storage
On the 1st April 2004 Google released Gmail featuring an amazing 1GB storage capacity and people found it hard to believe. Ok, it doesn’t seem like much today, but back then it was 500 times more than its main competitor, Hotmail. As it happens Google did this purposefully, even writing the press release so that it sounded like an April Fools’ joke. We won’t question you again Google, we promise.
5Real Madrid’s goal broke and they didn’t have a spare
On the 1st April 1998 on the day of the Champions League semi final between Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund, one of the goal posts came down after Real Madrid fans climbed and broke the metal fence to which the goal was tied. Startlingly and somewhat unbelievably the club didn’t have a replacement.