Happy April Fools’ Day! Here is a list of the greatest and most public April Fools’ Day pranks of all time.
1. The Great Spaghetti Tree Harvest
In 1957 the BBC convinced people that spaghetti grew on trees. They aired a segment on television showing cooked pasta on trees and filmed local women pulling the pasta off of branches and placing it into baskets. As crazy as this concept seems, it was believed and after the segment aired, the station received many phone calls asking how viewers could grow their own spaghetti trees.
2. Left-Handed Whopper
In 1998, Burger King took out a full-page ad in USA Today announcing that they had created a left-handed version of their Whopper. The new left-handed Whopper would be exactly the same ingredient wise, but all of the condiments would be rotated 180 degrees, supposedly redistributing the weight of the sandwich so that the condiments would skew to the left, reducing the amount of the toppings that spilled out of the right side of the burger. After it was announced, many customers went to Burger King locations specifically asking for either ‘left-handed Whoppers’ or ‘right-handed Whoppers.’
3. A Shift in Gravity
British astronomer Patrick Moore pulled a great prank on BBC listeners in 1976. Moore explained that on April 1st, 1976 at 9:47 AM, Jupiter, Pluto and the Earth would all align. This rare occurrence would create a shift in the Earth’s gravitational pull and for a few brief moments, people would weigh less. And be able to float around. At 9:47 AM while on the air, Moore instructed listeners to jump in order to experience a brief floating sensation. It only took minutes for listeners to call in, stating that they had felt feelings of weightlessness. One woman even stated that her and her husband had floated around the room.
4. Mummified Fairy
Dan Baines, a sculptor and designer, posted pictures on his website claiming to have found the remains of a fairy in 2007. Many fairy believers flocked to his website, and to their disappointment, Baines posted a few days later that it was, indeed, a hoax.
5. Mount Edgecumbe
Those who lived in Sitka, Alaska awoke to quite the surprised on April 1st, 1974. Upon waking, many residents could see smoke rising from Mount Edgecumbe, a volcano that had been dormant for 400 years. Immediately, the coast guard ordered a chopper be sent out to the location to investigate. The pilot of the helicopter reported seeing the message of ‘APRIL FOOL’ created with tires in the volcano’s crater. This prank was the work of 50-year-old trickster Oliver ‘Porky’ Bickar.