I hope you had great fun last night...
...because today, I have news for you:
WE HAVE BEEN INVADED - FROM MARS :)
Nowadays, we have so many ways to report or discover news that the options seem endless. Newspaper, television, internet, and radio too. It's surprising to know that we still have all these mediums available and all are put to use constantly, but have you ever wondered which will stand the test of time?
One fantastic and genius prank that was played on America in the 1930's was the radio play, "Invasion From Mars". Radio plays were pretty popular in those days. Radio plays were a bit like television sitcoms or daytime drama; the only difference is that everything had to be heard and our imaginations were put to more use.
"Invasion From Mars" was an idea presented by 23-year-old producer Orson Welles and written by Howard Koch – not to be mistaken with H.G. Wells who the credit was accidentally given to for the creation of the play and who was also the author of "War Of The Worlds"
The radio play took place on October 30th, 1938 as a Halloween joke which ended up freaking our nation out half to death. The script was that invaders from Mars landed in New Jersey and were destroying our people and land with death rays. The way it was deemed to be credible was that broadcasts were simulated to announce this as real-time news!
Pretty funny, you say?
Not for these thousands of Americans who after hearing this "news" were sent flying out of their houses, into their cars, and jamming up the roads with traffic for miles on end.
Oh, the best way to understand is simply listening it;
and I have for you the original recording:
(This recording is taken from Archive.org)
At the end of "Invasion From Mars", the quote, "If your doorbell rings and nobody's there, that was no Martian... it's Halloween" was said by Welles with a slight chuckle.
You can imagine how most people would not have heard him say this as they were in a state of panic. CBS had to get on the airwaves to announce and reassure everyone that there was in fact no invasion from Mars in New Jersey, or anywhere for that matter, and that it was meant to be a big joke.
Did you ever wonder: how would we react?
...yes, there were millions of ways for me to start a year - I chose this one.
I hope you've enjoyed this