As the world celebrates pranking others with fake news stories and hoaxes, take a look back at the real news stories that were just as unbelievable. If you were tricked today on a ridiculous news story, don’t feel ashamed.
This year has already supplied some of the most outlandish headlines that have been proven to be true. From GOP frontrunner Donald Trump’s controversial remarks to the real-life resurfacing of the Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman murders, take a look back at five 2016 stories that could have very well been an April Fools’ Day joke.
Trump references his ‘manhood’ during a GOP debate
No joke, the GOP frontrunner actually defended his penis size in a debate on national television. Out of all the criticisms that Trump has received, from racist to misogynist, the line was drawn when Sen. Marco Rubio made fun of the size of his hands.
“Look at those hands,” Trump says, holding up his digits, adding, “[According to Rubio] if they’re small, something else must be small.”
“I guarantee you there’s no problem,” he finishes.
Buried knife was found at O.J. Simpson’s estate
The plot seemingly thickened in the case that currently serves as the inspiration behind FX’s critically acclaimed, “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” when it was revealed that a retired police officer kept a knife in his personal possession after it was found at the demolition of Simpson’s estate in 1998. The knife was dusted for fingerprints and DNA and has since been ruled out of the open case involving the murder of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman.
— ABC News (@ABC)
Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson participated in a rap beef with B.o.B.
Rapper B.o.B. went on a tangent about how the Earth was really flat. He isn’t the first celebrity to air his disbelief in the widely conceived notion, but he is the first to dispute facts with an astrophysicist. Neil deGrasse Tyson tried his best to explain to B.o.B. how science made the discovery, which B.o.B. responded to with a diss track on Soundcloud. The astrophysicist countered the attack with his own musical statement, entitled “Flat to Fact.”
Polaris is gone by 1.5 deg S. Latitude. You’ve never been south of Earth’s Equator, or if so, you’ve never looked up.
— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson)
Dancing naked woman shuts down Texas highway
A naked woman shut down a Houston highway when she undressed and climbed on top of a big rig. The incident was captured on video and it even shows the woman dancing a number of times atop the semi-truck. The fire department had to use a ladder to get the woman down.
Woman’s belly button missing after surgery
In another story out of Houston, a woman was shocked when she got off the surgery room table. In a tummy tuck gone wrong, she was completely missing her belly button. Talk about botched.
“I went in with the belly button and I’d like to know what you did with it? What happened to it? Did you throw it in the trash? Where is it?” Lori Jones asked her doctors, according to KTRK.