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On April 1, 2008, the BBC published an article and video claiming that their camera crew had discovered a group of flying penguins on King George Island. According to the article, the penguins took flight upon sensing rough changes in weather conditions, and migrated thousands of miles to the Amazonian rainforest for the winter. The problem? Penguins can’t fly.
Well, it seems the BBC has been at it for at least half a century! On April 1, 1957, they released a fake broadcast showing farmers harvesting spaghetti in Switzerland. Spaghetti was not a popular delicacy in the UK at the time, so many viewers were excited about the “spaghetti bush” and were eager to begin growing their own.
Washing of the Lions
Ever wonder about the April Fools’ pranks of 17th century Britain? Well, wonder no more. On April 1, 1698, citizens of London were invited to witness the annual “washing of the lions” in the moat outside of the Tower of London. Of course, there was no washing of any lions, but large crowds flocked to take part in the event, and the prank was even repeated year after year for two centuries.
John Stamos Documentary
Here’s a more recent trick, and one with multiple layers. Last year on April Fools’ Day, Netflix released a fake trailer for a documentary all about the life of Full House actor John Stamos. A video in which Stamos angrily ranted at Netflix after finding out that they’d used him for an April Fools’ prank was then “leaked.” As it turned out, Stamos was in on the prank from the beginning.
The Taco Liberty Bell
Would you visit the Taco Liberty Bell? On April 1, 1996, Taco Bell released a number of statements in major newspapers telling readers that they had purchased the Liberty Bell in order to reduce America’s national debt. They asserted that they would be renaming the structure the “Taco Liberty Bell.” There were so many strong reactions that Taco Bell released another statement around midday letting audiences know that the whole story was a joke.
So, there are some of our favorite April Fools’ pranks of all time. Who knows what’s in store for this year? Remember to be on the lookout today!