Apr 1, 2016

Five Outrageous April Fools Day Pranks

Happy April Fool's Day!

I'm born just two days shy of the holiday and so very glad that I wasn't born just a bit later. In honor of the holiday (and in gratitude for not having my birthday on it) here are five memorable April Fools Day pranks from history!

1) The (Taco) Liberty Bell

In 1996, Taco Bell ran an ad on the holiday announcing that it had purchased the Liberty Bell!

The Tex-Mex fast food company set the trend for companies using the holiday to promote their brands.

2) Nixon return.

In 1992, NPR caused a stir by running a false announcement by 'President Nixon' (really a voice actor) announcing that he would run for the presidency again.

The faux-Nixon claimed, "I never did anything wrong, and I won't do it again."

3) Digital Ben.

In 1980, BBC announced that Big Ben would switch to digital readouts to keep up with modern technological advances.

4) The Left-Handed Whopper.

In 1998, Burger King followed Taco Bell's lead and ran an ad in USA Today announcing the release of a new Left-Handed Whopper. The new burger would be exactly like the original Whopper, except that all the condiments would be rotated 180 degrees to suit their left-handed customers.

Given that burgers are more or less circular, you wouldn't expect people to fall for it...and yet thousands of customers flocked to Burger King to try the new left-handed sandwich, while others requested their usual right-handed burger.

5) Spaghetti harvest.

BBC strikes again! In 1957, BBC reported that Switzerland had an excellent spaghetti harvest that year, thanks to the disappearance of the spaghetti weevil.

To the hundreds that contacted BBC about how to grow their own spaghetti, BBC answered "Place a sprig of spaghetti in a tin of tomato sauce and hope for the best." 

How do you celebrate April Fools Day?

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