In 1998 there was an internet joke going around that proposed:

"Pssssst. This is a secret. When John Glenn returns from space, everybody dress in Ape Suits. Pass it on."

Did this Planet of the Apes joke make it to the prank phase, or was it relegated to the wouldn't it be funny if we did this stage?

  • Can you add a link / source for this prank? And is this on-topic? Jan 24, 2015 at 21:48
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    I vote on-topic. It's sci-fi related and moderately interesting.
    – Valorum
    Jan 24, 2015 at 22:09
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    Sounds like a question for History.SE, not SciFi.
    – Flimzy
    Jan 24, 2015 at 23:14
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    @Flimzy - both sites fit Jan 24, 2015 at 23:54
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    @Flimzy - Also, why should they have all the fun? :-)
    – Valorum
    Jan 25, 2015 at 0:57

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No. It appears that the plan wasn't executed. You can see Glenn's arrival below.

As a side note, It's not certain whether the NASA staff on the reception module tried to fool him, but none of them appear to be wearing masks as they exit.


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