Being “syruped and feathered” looks absolutely horrible.
The Russian uniform hoax happened in October 1948.
World’s Wackiest Wits
Gagsters have been kicking us around for centuries. Some of their pranks are funny—some not so funny.
By I. B. Neer
THE hour was a few minutes past eleven on a fine Spring evening on the Cornell University campus. Most of the students were lounging in dormitories and fraternity houses when suddenly an urgent voice broke into a broadcast of radio music: “Stand by for a news bulletin.” A pause, then: “Russian planes have bombed London and Marseille. A flight has been sighted over Newfoundland.”
Listeners all over the campus were shocked into silence. Music continued to play and, in a moment, the crisp voice interrupted again: “Enemy planes are now flying over the U.S. Prepare for bombing attack!”