Some things don't change in 72 years. In 1938, Orson Welles sent some poor folks into a panic with his famous "War of the Worlds
" Halloween broadcast. Split into three parts, the first two segments of the H. G. Wells adaptation focused on simulated news bulletins stating that a Martian invasion had started. Since this was a "sustaining show" with no commercial breaks, it seemed quite real to many listeners. (Although these days, the number of duped listeners is in question, ranging anywhere from over a million to hundreds of thousands or less.)
Shooting forward to 2010, an April Fool's prank published in a Jordanian paper has set off an alien panic. As The Jordan Times
explains, the Al Ghad paper published a fake, front-page article on April 1 stating that UFOs landed in Jafr (approximately 300km from the capital, Amman), which lit up the town, messed with communications, and "sent fearful residents streaming into the streets" as 10-foot-tall aliens visited.
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