With April Fool’s Day round the corner, here are the best April Fool Pranks of all times!
Swiss Spaghetti Trees
In 1957, the British Broadcasting Company (BBC) news program Panorama announced that Swiss farmers were harvesting a record spaghetti crop thanks to the elimination of the spaghetti weevil. News footage showed Swiss peasants pulling spaghetti from trees. Thousands of viewers were fooled. The BBC reported receiving many calls inquiring how to grow spaghetti trees!
“Why doesn’t America read anymore?”
NPR, posted a headline to their Facebook page that read, “Why doesn’t America read anymore?” What followed was a deluge of commenters claiming they read every single day and how dare NPR generalize in that way. Unfortunately, they didn’t actually read the piece.
If they had, they would’ve discovered this text: “Congratulations genuine readers are happy April Fool’s Day.”
Planetary Alignment Decreases Gravity
During an early-morning interview on BBC Radio 2, the British astronomer Patrick Moore announced that at 9:47 AM that day a once-in-a-lifetime astronomical event was going to occur. Pluto would pass behind Jupiter, and this planetary alignment would temporarily counteract and lessen the Earth’s own gravity. Moore told his listeners that if they jumped in the air at the exact moment the alignment occurred, they would experience a strange floating sensation. When 9:47 AM arrived, the station began receiving hundreds of phone calls from listeners claiming to have felt the sensation. One woman reported that she and her friends had risen from their chairs and floated around the room. Moore had intended his announcement to be a spoof of a pseudoscientific theory that had recently been promoted in a book called The Jupiter Effect, alleging that a rare alignment of the planets was going to cause massive earthquakes and the destruction of Los Angeles in 1982.