Seven Colorado Pranks and Hoaxes to Remember on April Fool's Day

Ah, the classics.
Ah, the classics.
Steven Depolo at Flickr

It’s common knowledge that you can’t believe anything you read on the Internet — which is problematic, since that’s where we get most of our information these days. And never is this more true than on April 1 each year, which is when we all assume permission to trick, hoax and otherwise mess with the minds of our friends and family for our own personal amusement.

But even before Al Gore invented the Internet, the Mile High City fell victim to assorted hoaxes and pranks, as this list will prove. Remember: We’re not laughing at you; we’re laughing with you.

What lies in the vast underground of DIA? Mainly a broken automated luggage system.
What lies in the vast underground of DIA? Mainly a broken automated luggage system.
Timothy Vollmer at Flickr

7. DIA
Nearly as many weird conspiracy theories as planes have taken off at Denver International Airport, and it's home to the most controversial public art in Denver. But suspicious activities extend far beyond Blucifer. Last year, DIA poked fun at its own reputation for secret areas and governmental coverups by posting a “private link” to an article about “DIA’s Underground: The Elite Travel Experience.” Playing on the rumors of Illuminati, Masonic or double-secret black-ops' influence in constructing DIA, the article purported to celebrate twenty years of the airport as “cover project” and its role as “a private site for our ‘elite’ New World Order travelers who value privacy and exclusivity.” This prank was admirably done, for sure, but you just know that the tin-foil-hat crowd still use it as “evidence” on their various paranoiac websites, where they rail to us “sheeple” about what’s really going on in the world.

It's a really close-knit team.
It's a really close-knit team.
Photo courtesy of the Colorado Rapids via Facebook

6. Colorado Rapids
In 2014, the Rapids announced on Facebook that in honor of Colorado’s history of Major League Soccer, they would wear the uniforms worn by the Caribou, who represented the state for the North American Soccer League back in 1978. The outfits sport not only fringe, but also a shade of brown that apparently only existed in the 1970s.

Creed would show you everything, but his attorneys have advised him to stop.
Creed would show you everything, but his attorneys have advised him to stop.
Eric Gruneisen for Westword

5. Featured Artist: Creed
CU Boulder’s Radio 1190, whose mission is to support the best in independent and underground music, in 2013 posted this on its Facebook page: “Listen to Radio 1190 for an all day celebration of Creed, our featured artist for today! Tune in with arms (and ears) wide open.” If you don’t understand why this is a joke, then a) you’ve never listened to Radio 1190, b) you don’t know who Creed is, and c) you’re seriously reconsidering your choice to read this article right now.

Keep reading for four more memorable Colorado pranks.


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