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The Top Five April Fool's Day Pranks of All Time

Discussion in 'The Lighter Side' started by BMH, Apr 1, 2009.

  1. BMH

    BMH Lifetime Member

    Feb 26, 2007

    The Top Five April Fool's Day Pranks of All Time

    1) Swiss Spaghetti Harvest

    In 1957 the jokesters at BBC, ran a segment on the coming of spring after a mild winter and what that meant for Swiss farmers. The answer? An unusually large spaghetti crop. According to the Museum of Hoaxes, "Huge numbers of viewers were taken in. Many called the BBC wanting to know how they could grow their own spaghetti tree. To this the BBC diplomatically replied, 'place a sprig of spaghetti in a tin of tomato sauce and hope for the best.'"

    2) The Taco Liberty Bell

    In 1996, Taco Bell ran an ad in six major newspapers saying:

    "In an effort to help the national debt, Taco Bell is pleased to announce that we have agreed to purchase the Liberty Bell, one of our country's most historic treasures. It will now be called the 'Taco Liberty Bell' and will still be accessible to the American public for viewing. While some may find this controversial, we hope our move will prompt other corporations to take similar action to do their part to reduce the country's debt."

    Many politicians' offices were taken in, as the Park Service received phone calls from aides to Sens. Bill Bradley (D-NJ) and J. James Exon (D-Neb).

    3) Arm The Homeless

    In 1993, the "Arm the Homeless" coalition sent a press release to a newspaper in Columbus, Ohio saying:

    "The Arm the Homeless Coalition will be collecting donations to provide firearms for the homeless of Columbus... Funds are to be used to provide arms, ammunition and firearm safety training for homeless individuals who pass the coalition's rigorous screening. Homeless are selected for the program on the basis of need, mental and emotional stability, and potential value to society at large."

    The "AP," CNN, Rush Limbaugh, and the "Columbus Dispatch" did stories about the group, which turned out to be three students from OSU that had no intention of arming the homeless but wanted to "draw attention to the issues of guns and violence, homelessness and media manipulation in our society." Other groups have repeated the hoax since then.

    4) Nixon's Second Term

    In 1992, National Public Radio's "Talk of the Nation" announced that Richard Nixon was running for a second term as president with the slogan, "I didn't do anything wrong, and I won't do it again."

    Listeners were fooled and called in droves. Later in the show, the host revealed it was a joke and that Nixon's voice was impersonated by comedian Rich Little.

    5) Wisconsin State Capitol Collapses

    in 1933, the "Madison Capital-Times" announced that the capitol building had collapsed after a series of strange explosions that they attributed to "large quantities of gas, generated through many weeks of verbose debate in the Senate and Assembly chambers."

    Many were outraged, those with a sense of humor laughed.
  2. silentpoet


    Jan 11, 2007
    This Old Caddy
    If it is anything like now they were probably outraged that it wasn't true and that the politicians were still alive to pillage the country.