The Most Epic April Fool’s Day Pranks In Wyoming History
Saturday, April 1st, unsuspecting suckers all over Wyoming will be pranked by their friends, family members and co-workers.
To celebrate April Fool's Day, let's revisit two of the most epic gags in Wyomng history.
In the late 1970s, NBC Sports announcers Dick Enberg and Al McGuire duped the entire country when they ranked the fictitious Wyoming State University in their season-ending Top 25 basketball poll.
Enberg and McGuire noted that the little known Wyoming State Porcupines had finished the season undefeated for the third year in a row.
Basketball fans across the country fell for the joke, including a Chicago sportswriter who published a feature praising the nonexistent team and University.
It wouldn't be the last time the national press was fooled by a Wyoming hoax.
In 2005, Afton author Maury Jones issued a "fake news" release about wolves in Yellowstone National Park.
The fabricated story quoted former Wyoming Governor Dave Freudenthal telling the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to “go to hell”. The bogus article also quoted Freudenthal referring to wolves as “feral dogs”.
Months later, the former Governor’s fictitious quotes ended up on the front page of the Los Angeles Times and caused an uproar with animal rights advocates across the country.
The Governor’s office quickly disavowed the story. The following day, Los Angeles Times editors published a retraction and apologized for the error.
In an interview with the Casper Tribune, Jones, the author of the fake news release, joked about the reaction. “How long is that April Fool’s joke going to keep going? I never thought I’d get this kind of reaction. But it’s got some legs.”