April Fools pranks gone wrong from alien invasion to Playboy wife-beating guide

People across the world look forward to the one day of the year that is dedicated to widespread pranks.

But for some, April Fools Day has led to disastrous results.

The popular holiday is celebrated in offices, schools and online, with people taking complete joy in the fact that they have the chance to poke light-hearted fun with the excuse of it being April 1.

But authorities, broadcasters and historical institutions have all faced backlash after their jokes went horribly wrong.

And with that in mind, the Daily Star has decided to take a look back at five cases where a sense of humour led to disaster.

Fake alien invasion claims caused major panic

A town situated near Jordan in the Middle East were left frightened after a publication reported that aliens had arrived.

Arabic newspaper Al Ghad sparked fears of an extra-terrestrial invasion after they said that a spacecraft had landed near Jafr.

Readers were convinced by the claims which led to children missing out on vital education after they were urged to stay home from school.

Even the mayor of the town was going to be taken over by aliens and nearly evacuated every resident.

The managing editor of Al Ghad later issued an apology after the prank left citizens scared to leave their homes.

"We meant to entertain, not scare people," Moussa Barhoumeh told the Telegraph.

Fake sighting of Titanic in Brighton led to 'cliff collapse'

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A DJ at a radio station claimed that a replica of the Titanic could be viewed from Beachy head in Sussex.

Hundreds of listeners in Brighton drove miles to the location in response to what the DJ had said in 2001.

Coastguards later discovered a huge crack in the cliff face which was thought to be due to the weight of how many people stood waiting the see the movie-inspired boat.

It was reported that a few days later the cliff had collapsed.

Manchester Police prank causes panic over escaped prisoners tweet

The Manchester Police Department got into trouble after their April Fools' prank was taken seriously by dozens of people online.

Residents in the area were left frightened after the authorities tweeted that inmates could receive an early release through partaking in a Twitter poll.

The department posted images of some criminals who were considered dangerous due to their past of carrying out violent crimes.

In 20015, they posted on Twitter: "Know someone in prison? You can get them released early by voting for them on here. The prisoners with the most votes also wins a holiday."

Museum faced backlash after 'confirming' the world was ending

Over in Philadelphia in the US, a museum sparked fears that the world was going to end in an alarming press release.

The Franklin Institute Science Museum caused emergency lines to become inundated after their promotion for a show left residents to panic.

The museum had its spokesperson, William Castellini delivered the alarming news which read: "Your worst fears that the world will end are confirmed by astronomers of Franklin Institute, Philadelphia.

"Scientists predict that the world will end at 3 p.m. Eastern Standard Time tomorrow. This is no April Fools' joke."

The bizarre ad for their upcoming show on cosmic apocalypses led to Catellini to lose his job after the announcement caused mass panic.

Romanian Playboy issue caused protests after domestic violence joke

A tone-deaf issue from Romanian Playboy caused protests to erupt after they published an article about domestic violence.

In 2000, they released an article headlined "How To Beat Your Wife Without Leaving Traces", which Playboy later claimed was a joke.

But the piece led to demonstrations taking place across the country.

Playboy then issued an apology and reportedly vowed to donate money to anti-domestic violence programs. It was also reported that they would publish articles that educated men about domestic violence.

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