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April Fools Day Fun!

Happy April Fools Day! Thought I would have some fun and share some interesting facts, pranks and photos about this day.

If you would like to know the history, here is a short two minute video which supplies the highlights of the history of this day. I never knew any of this, but then, I never looked or researched April Fools Day either. Then comes the fun stuff – although the history is interesting….

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I also took a gander at Wikipedia’s information about April Fools Day, and here is what the beginning of the page looks like (you’ll need to click on the image to be able to read it – then hit your back button to return to this post):


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So, I flipped it around and here is the same text but, for the most part, legible:


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Of course, we have all been victims of jokes from our friends and family, but businesses, corporations, radio and television stations have all joined the foolish festivity in past years. Here are a few highlights.

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From the BBC

(they’ve pulled some good pranks – but then, when you have the likes of Monty Python in your country, it must come naturally):

Spaghetti trees: The BBC television programme Panorama ran a famous hoax in 1957, showing Swiss harvesting spaghetti from trees. They had claimed that the despised pest, the spaghetti weevil, had been eradicated. A large number of people contacted the BBC wanting to know how to cultivate their own spaghetti trees. It was, in fact, filmed in St Albans.

Smell-o-vision: In 1965, the BBC purported to conduct a trial of a new technology allowing the transmission of odor over the airwaves to all viewers. Many viewers reportedly contacted the BBC to report the trial’s success.[18] In 2007, the BBC website repeated an online version of the hoax.

Flying Penguins: In 2008, the BBC reported on a newly discovered colony of flying penguins. An elaborate video segment was even produced, featuring Terry Jones (of Monty Python fame) walking with the penguins in Antarctica, and following their flight to the Amazon rainforest.

Here is the famous Flying Penguin video:


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The Taco LibertyBell

Taco Liberty Bell: In 1996, Taco Bell took out a full-page advertisement in The New York Times announcing that they had purchased the Liberty Bell to “reduce the country’s debt” and renamed it the “Taco Liberty Bell”. When asked about the sale, White House press secretary Mike McCurry replied tongue-in-cheek that the Lincoln Memorial had also been sold and would henceforth be known as the Lincoln Mercury Memorial.

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Website: The Dead Fairy Hoax

Dead fairy hoax: In 2007, an illusion designer for magicians posted on his website some images illustrating the corpse of an unknown eight-inch creation, which was claimed to be the mummified remains of a fairy. He later sold the fairy on eBay for £280.

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Here are some April Fools Day pranks you can pull on someone

•  Put an ad in the paper for a garage sale at someone’s house beginning at 6 a.m.

•  Put food coloring in the hand soap dispenser

•  Hide an alarm clock in someone’s bedroom and set it for 3:00 a.m.

•  Rubber band the sprayer on the kitchen sink into the “on” position.

•  Hard boil all the eggs in the carton and place them back in the refrigerator.

•  Glue all the eggs into the carton.

•  Hide all of the desktop icons on someone’s computer and replace the monitor’s wallpaper with a screen-shot of their desktop. (I really like this one)

•  Borrow someone’s cell phone and change the language setting to a foreign language.

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Now here are some photos and videos of some creative and hilarious April Fools Day pranks:

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Hot College Chick Pulls Classic Prank

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Coke Bomb Explosion Prank

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Pac Man Office Prank

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Princeton Watergun Revenge of 2003

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24 replies »

  1. Lady, you are aiding and abetting serious carnage when you even hint at pranks involving my sleep. 😉 My son learned at a very age that I am utterly without humor between the hours of midnight and 8 a.m.
    However, Happy April Fools Day anyway.

  2. Darn, your April Fools day post is way better than mine. I just decided I’d pretend to be that which I despise the most. Guess that hasn’t gone over well, considering the feedback. Great job today!

  3. Michelle, this may be THE MOST wonderful April Fools Day post ever!!!

    I LOVED IT!!! Most of all, the flying penguins video. I was laughing so hard that my wife ran upstairs from the basement where she was doing laundry to see what on earth I had gone so hysterical over! So I started the video over for her and very soon she was cracking up BIG time too!

    And that ain’t no joke!

    Thank you! Thank you!! Thank you!!! 😀

    • I haven’t. Couple years ago, I told some people that I had all the numbers correct on the powerball – except for the powerball number (which is a lot more believable than getting them all right) – but no one bought it.

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