Outrageous 5 History of April Fool’s Day Pranks

Julia | 03 - 15 - 2021
History of April Fool's Day

April Fool’s Day is a famous tradition celebrated on 1st April of every year, commemorating the jokes and hoaxes in different parts of the world. While many historians suggest that April Fool’s Day dates back to 1582, but still the original origin of April Fool’s Day is unknown and remains a mystery. 

Best April Fool’s Day Pranks in History

In this modern era, people have taken April Fool’s Day hoaxes to greater length. Even newspapers, radio stations, Television, and websites have also participated in creating the best April Fool’s Day pranks in history by fooling audiences and people. The following are the amazing 5 April fool hoaxes in the history of decades.  

1. The Great Spaghetti Harvest

On April 1, 1957, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) broadcasted that there was a bumper spaghetti crop harvested in Switzerland. The audience and the viewers firmly believed Richard Dimbleby, the show’s anchor, discussing the spaghetti crop details with a Swiss family who pulled out spaghetti from trees in that footage. People believed it was true and started asking where they will be able to find the spaghetti bush. The show concluded with a statement, “For those who love this dish, there’s nothing like real, home-grown spaghetti.”

Gmail Was Believed to Be an April Fool's Day Prank When It Was Launched.
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2. Buying the Liberty Bell

In 1996, Taco Bell announced that “in an effort to help the national debt,” it had purchased Liberty Bell, one of the nation’s treasures. It created an enormous response among the public. While many of them contacted Taco Bell to confirm whether it was really sold. Then the next morning the Philadelphia national park service arranged a conference and cleared out the confusion and told Bell had not been sold.

3. BBC Announces That Big Ben Is Going Digital.

In 1980, The British Broadcasting Corporation(BBC) announced that Big Ben would be available on a digital display. Not only that, but they also announced that the first four people who called in would be given away iconic clock’s now- useless hands. While most people reacted with shock and anger, only one Japanese called the station with the hopes of claiming the prize.

4. Robber Barons Rob America

Decades before on April 1, 1905, bond villain Goldfinger planned to attack the entire United States with a prank. The Berliner Tageblatt, a famous German newspaper announced that the thieves had stolen America’s silver and gold. The story started spreading quickly before they realized it was a prank and fake news.

5. Prankster in a Bottle

In 1749, the great London newspaper advertised that a man would squeeze into a wine bottle and sing a song while being inside it in their upcoming show. They also promised that “during his stay in the bottle, any Person may handle it, and see plainly that it does not exceed a common Tavern Bottle.” This advertisement created a strong interest among the London people, and on the night of the show, every seat was filled. When the time of performance arrived, the crowd eagerly waited, but nothing had happened. Later the audience realized that it was a prank.

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