This week on The Gralien Report, odd stories abound as reports of tunnels found beneath the Smoky Mountains, and odd “attacks” by a mystery beasts further west are in the headlines… at least as reported by those American news sources that still engage in the traditional tomfoolery associated with April Fools Day. Hence, as we look at some of the funny 2019 headlines, we also look at how some people appear to be offended by such annual April foolishness, and the reasons for those changes in culture and society.

Then on a more serious note, why was Russia allowed to recently fly over a number secure American installations, which included the near-mythical Area 51? It may sound like another April Fools Day story, but we take a look at the treaty that allowed this to happen, as well as the history of CIA disclosure about the famous location, before turning our attention to the aforementioned three-letter agency’s publicly available files on UFOs.

Then in the second hour, with April Fools Day celebrations in full swing, we look at some of the best pranks throughout history that have coincided with the date, and in particular, those with paranormal themes. These include Bigfoot and Loch Ness Monster reports, UFO landings, attempts to revive extinct megafauna, captured fairies, and a host of other admirably odd holiday pranks from over the years.

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Author: Micah Hanks

Micah Hanks is a writer, researcher, and podcaster. His interests include areas of history, science, archaeology, philosophy, and the study of anomalous phenomena in nature. He can be reached at

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