April Fool’s Day – a special occasion that pranksters relish as they play practical jokes on friends and family. A day dedicated to spotting the most bizarre facts or stories in the paper and trying to decipher what’s real and what’s not. In honour of this fabulous day that has us all in fits of laughter, we’ve collated some our favourite April Fool’s Day pranks. Some old, some new, all with one thing in common, they managed to fool thousands of people and continue to make us laugh today.
The Swiss Spaghetti Harvest
The 1st April 1957 marked the day of one of the biggest and best April Fools of all time – The Swiss Spaghetti Harvest hoax. British news show Panorama successfully fooled thousands of people with a three-minute segment dedicated to a bumper spaghetti harvest in southern Switzerland. Astonished viewers across the country watched in awe as Richard Dimbleby, the shows iconic anchor, discussed the details whilst showing video footage of a Swiss family pulling pasta from spaghetti trees. Hundreds of people called the BBC, desperate to know how to grow their own spaghetti. The answer? ‘Place a sprig of spaghetti in a tin of tomato sauce and hope for the best.’ The hoax remains one of the most famous April Fool’s pranks. Can you imagine a tree where you could grow your own e-cigs? Now wouldn’t that be awesome!
In celebration of the practical joke-based holiday, on the 1st of April 2013, Google took the internet by storm with the announcement of Google Nose, a feature that allowed users to ‘search for smells’ and the first ever mobile app for Android that allowed users to store smells in their phone. The prank went viral pretty quickly with many people eager to search Google by smell. As fabulous as it sounds however, this incredible technology only exists in a fictional universe. To say we were disappointed is an understatement.
The Left Handed Whopper
The fact that Burger King managed to fool so many people with the announcement of their ‘Left Handed Whopper’ in 1998 never fails to make us laugh. They published a full page advertisement in USA Today stating they had designed a burger especially for the 32 million left-handed Americans that included the exact same ingredients but all condiments were rotated 180 degrees. People actually went into restaurants and requested the new sandwich – top notch pranking from the King himself.
In 2007, Lebanon Circle Magic Co. posted pictures of what can only be described as an 8 inch mummified ‘fairy’ on their website. The description explained that the creature had been found by a man walking his dog in Derbyshire. By April 1, the images had attracted tens of thousands of visitors to the site with the picture popping up on Facebook feeds across the globe. Later in the day the owner of the site, Dan Baines, confessed that it was all a joke. He had used his skills as a prop-maker to create the fictional character. Despite his confessions, thousands of people refused to accept the fairy wasn’t real. In true Peter Pan style – we do believe in fairies, we do, we do.
Youtube turns 100
Youtube celebrated its 100th anniversary on the 1st of April 2011, or so everyone was led to believe. A statement on the video site read:
‘It’s hard to believe that just a century ago, YouTube was a fledgling video site for paupers and presidents alike. Today, we celebrate 100 years of YouTube, and we thought we would reflect on our inaugural year with a re-print of our first blog post from 1911.’
They also released a video compilation of the top 5 viral pictures of 1911. It’s hard to believe they managed to fool so many people with this, was the internet even around in 1911?
Now that we’ve made you all laugh, we’ve got to thinking – what exactly could blu UK do to fool you all? An app that allows you to search google by flavour? A left handed ecig? Post your suggestions below.