FOF #2727 – When Oprah Dyed the Chicago River The Color Purple

Apr 3, 2019 · 2123 views

2009 was such a simpler time. Amanda Cohen helps us to look back at April Fools’ Day pranks and the era of propaganda which we realized was far too easy when we made folks fuming mad at the not so obvious Photoshop mockup that Oprah was going to dye the Chicago River the Color Purple. Photos: Fausto Fernós.

There’s something about Spring that gets people in the mood to set the world on fire.
When you look at the the pranks people play on April Fools Day, you quickly realize folks from all over the world loved coming up with ways to send folks on a fool’s errand.

Nowadays it seems all of the popular April Fools Day jokes are just awful Internet memes, propaganda and brand marketing, leaving us to wonder what happened to all the great pranks of yesteryear?

Today Amanda Cohen joins us to look at April Fool’s Day pranks then and now, from our early days as Feast of Fools where we convinced folks that Oprah was going to dye the Chicago River the Color Purple to when Amanda crushed people’s hearts by announcing she had gotten too famous for this podcast.

Why did you tell Harpo to dye it purple? The irony is Oprah never has endorsed acai berries. Illustration: Fausto Fernós.

Amanda Cohen, Marc Felion and Fausto Fernós. Photo: Fausto Fernós.

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  1. John Doe says:

    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez IS AN IDIOT! Go look at her policies, her economics, her background. This woman is a disgrace to the democratic party!

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