Sunday, March 30, 2014

The Earth Will Suspend Gravity on April 4th! You Can Float!

From NewsHound:
It has been revealed by the British astronomer Patrick Moore that, on the morning of April 4th 2014, an extraordinary astronomical event will occur. At exactly 9:47 am, the planet Pluto will pass directly behind Jupiter, in relation to the Earth. This rare alignment will mean that the combined gravitational force of the two planets would exert a stronger tidal pull, temporarily counteracting the Earth's own gravity and making people weigh less. Moore calls this the Jovian-Plutonian Gravitational Effect. Moore told scientists that they could experience the phenomenon by jumping in the air at the precise moment the alignment occurred. If they do so, he promised, they would experience a strange floating sensation. Astronomers have long been aware that there would be an alignment of the planets on that date, when Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto would be on the same side of the Sun, within an arc 95 degrees wide. But now the effect could be expected as the gravitational effect of the other planets on the Earth’s crust is maximum even at their closest approach. If you think you will be able to float around your house then you will be mistaken. BUT if you jump in the air at 9:47AM local time on April 4th 2014, it should take you about 3 seconds to land back on your feet instead of the usual 0.2 seconds. April 4th 2014 will be a popular day for crazy stunts going on YouTube. Do you have any ideas for stunts?

JUST KIDDING!  No one is going to float. That would be really nice though!

This is an example of the many hoaxes that occur around April Fools' Day, April 1st.  Dating back hundreds of years, many hoaxes and practical jokes occur on this day. Have any practical jokes or stories you'd like to share? Tell us about it. Some recommended reading on this very topic for younger readers:

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