Happy April Fools' Day: Epic pranks to inspire your mischief

Posted on 04-01-2015 by
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We all have done it before. We all have pulled pranks and usually nobody is safe, especially today. April Fools’ Day is the one day out of 364 where it is tolerable to be pranked. Before you go crowning yourself as the “Prank King” or “Prank Queen” check out these epic pranks thanks to the Huffington Post.

1.  The “Taco Liberty Bell”

In 1996, Taco Bell pulled off the greatest prank of all when they announced they had purchased the Liberty Bell. They took a full-page ad in six major American newspapers and claimed to have purchased it in order to “reduce the country's debt”.

They would elaborate in a separate press release stating, "Taco Bell's heritage and imagery have revolved around the symbolism of the bell. Now we've got the crown jewel of bells."

2. Spaghetti Trees

In 1957, a British news program managed to convince hundreds of people that spaghetti could grow on trees. The station soon after the broadcast got tons of phone calls asking how to grow a spaghetti tree. They later confessed to the prank.

3. Jovian-Plutonian Gravitational Effect

In 1976, British astronomer Patrick Moore took to the BBC radio waves to announce that at 9:47, Jupiter, Pluto, and the Earth would align. He added this rare occurrence would interfere with Earth's gravity and people would weigh less. He then instructed listeners to "Jump now!" to experience a brief floating sensation. Many people called in to describe their experience of this phenomenon, which was actually bogus.

4. The Left-Handed Whopper

In 1998, Burger King published a full-page ad announcing their newest creation – the “Left- Handed Whopper”. They explained that this Whopper would be the same, except "all condiments rotated 180 degrees, thereby redistributing the weight of the sandwich so that the bulk of the condiments will skew to the left, thereby reducing the amount of lettuce and other toppings from spilling out the right side of the burger."

5. The Biblical Version of Pi

In 1998, New Mexicans for Science and Reason sent out a newsletter announcing that the Alabama legislature had voted to change the value of Pi from 3.1415(9265... etc) to the more pure, Biblical value of 3.0.

6. Gmail Paper

In 2007, Google announced their new product, Gmail Paper. Their new service promised to not only print out your emails for you, but also stack them neatly in a box and ship them to your door. Just in case some people were not fully convinced, they went the extra mile and launched a pretty convincing website that explained the service in detail.

 

7. Instant Color TV

In 1962, Sweden's television station, STV, announced that viewers could easily watch color TV by simply placing a 'fine-meshed screen', or a nylon stocking, in front of the screen. They used multiple scientific-sounding words in their explanation of the process while in reality everyone was putting stockings over their televisions.

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