The Top: UCR April 1 Jokes

Make sure you don’t fall for any of them!

UCR had special visitors come to campus on April 1, 2015.

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This week, we recap the best April Fools’ hoaxes, pranks and jokes through the years at UCR. From President Obama’s visit to the Taco Bell Tower, it’s always good to have a little laugh!

Did we miss any? If you have an April Fools’ joke that you would like to share, email kris.lovekin@ucr.edu!

1. UCR Professor Receives $5 Million to Hunt Moby Dick

Photo Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Photo Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

“UCR Professor of Cetology Captain Ahab has been awarded a $5 million grant by the Institute of Cetacean Research (ICR) based in Japan. The grant will be used to support the professor’s five-year voyage to hunt the legendary sperm whale Moby Dick, who was responsible for over 30 shipwrecks last year…”

Continue reading about Ahab’s grant and research, a story by Aaron Grech in 2015 from The Highlander newspaper.

2. Hydroelectric Dam to Replace University Parking Lot

Photo by Cameron Yong

Photo by Cameron Yong

“University officials recently approved the construction of a 600-foot hydroelectric dam to contain the mouth of the majestic Colorado River that snakes through parts of UC Riverside. Monikered the ‘Great Wall of Scotty,’ the $100 million dam will be constructed in place of Parking Lot 30, which has seen scanty use from the 22,000 Highlanders who mostly live on or around campus…”

Read more about UCR’s dam, a story by Sandy Van in 2015 from The Highlander newspaper.

3. UCR’s Visitor is Out of This World

UCR had special visitors come to campus on April 1, 2015.

UCR had a special visitor come to campus on April 1, 2015.

On April Fool’s Day 2015, UC Riverside’s official Facebook page posted a video of an alien orbiting around the iconic Bell Tower. The caption read: “VIP group leaving campus. Tell no one! #HappyThursday.” The hashtag was a big giveaway that this was an April Fool’s prank since April 1st fell on a Wednesday that year.

4. Obama to Deliver Graduation Speech at UCR, Ditches UCI

Photo by Vincent Ta & Cameron Yong

Photo by Vincent Ta & Cameron Yong

“In a press conference on Monday, President Barack Obama announced that he would be moving the location of his 2014 commencement speech from UC Irvine to UC Riverside. The commencement speech was originally intended for UC Irvine to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the university, along with honoring the ‘accomplishments’ and ‘diversity’ of its students and class.

‘To be, uh, completely honest, I believe that this commencement speech can be inspirational for the world. And I, uh, just don’t believe that UC Irvine suits my message,” explained Obama. “The point is, Joe and I wanted to indulge in some bodacious activities after the ceremony if you know what I mean, and well … UC Irvine is known for being sober and boring…'”

Read more about President Obama’s visit to UCR, a story by Som Chaturvedi in 2014 from The Highlander newspaper.

5.UCR Researchers Work to Combat Dihydrogen Monoxide

“UCR researchers received a large grant to continue research on dihydrogen monoxide, also known as hydric acid. The chemical compound has been shown to disrupt cell membranes and mutate DNA and can be found in a number of hazardous compounds…”

Note that ‘dihyrdogen monoxide’ is just water. Continue reading this April Fool’s story from 2011 on UCR’s research on H2O.

6. Get ready for the Taco Bell Tower

No, there will not be a Taco Bell at the Bell Tower, but it will be lit blue for the entire month of April in recognition of Autism Awareness Month. Photo by Ross French

No, there will not be a Taco Bell at the Bell Tower, but it will be lit blue for the entire month of April in recognition of Autism Awareness Month. Photo by Ross French

“In response to student demands for additional eateries on campus and to better utilize space on campus, UC Riverside has agreed to sell the naming rights for the esteemed Bell Tower to fast-food giant Taco Bell. The restaurant chain will build an outlet at the base of the tower, which will be officially renamed ‘Taco Bell Tower…'”

Read more about the Taco Bell Tower, a joke done on April Fool’s Day 2011.

7. Scotty the Bear Costumed Mascot to Be Replaced by Actual Bear

No, there is no such thing as a rare Scottish Highland Black Bear, and it won't be replacing Scotty.

No, there is no such thing as a rare Scottish Highland Black Bear, and it won’t be replacing Scotty.

“Scotty, the lovable costumed mascot, will vanish from Athletics events this fall. In his place, he will be replaced by a 700-pound Scottish Highland Black Bear named Ursula.”

Continue reading about UCR’s new mascot Ursula, an April Fools’ prank from 2011.

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