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10 Famous April Fool’s Day Pranks of All Time

6. In 2002, Virgin Atlantic announced a plan about a new advertising scheme via genetically modified butterflies, allowing companies to put their logos on butterflies, controlling their flight area. The announcement later turned out to be a joke by the Virgin Atlantic group.

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The Butterfly Advertising is one of the many jokes pulled off by Virgin Atlantic group on April Fool’s day. This announcement took jokes to a new level when genetically modified butterflies were included as their advertisement campaigns. According to Virgin Atlantic, these butterflies would allow companies to put markings such as logos on butterflies by scanning their wings with a laser beam. They also stated that the advertising will be a success and will become a popular medium for airline advertisement. Also, Virgin announced that they would control the flight area of butterflies, keeping them within the major park and recreational areas. (source

7. NPR posted a link “Why doesn’t America read anymore?” to their Facebook page on 1st April 2014. The link led to a message saying that many people comment on a story without ever reading the article, and it asked the readers not to comment if they read the link. However, people commented immediately on how they do read.

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National Public Radio (NPR), an American media organization, pulled a brilliant April Fool’s day prank on 1st April 2014. They posted a link on their Facebook page titled “Why doesn’t America read anymore?” A click on the link opens a page with the message ” if you are reading this, please like this post and do not comment on it. Then, let’s see what people have to say about this “story.”

Eventually, people started commenting on their Facebook post. While some defended their own reading habits, others started discussing America’s intellectual downfall. (source)

8. The Taco Bell Corporation pulled an April Fool’s Day prank in 1996 and took out a full-page ad in six major newspapers saying that it had bought the Liberty Bell and was renaming it the Taco Liberty Bell. The National Historic Park in Philadelphia received hundreds of outraged calls.

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When a leading fast food restaurant chain decides to play April Fool’s day prank, what should it do? Nothing much, just print a full-page advertisement in some leading newspaper announcing to reduce the country’s debt. Well, that’s what Taco Bell Corporation did in 1996. They took out a full-page advertisement in seven leading US newspapers on 1 April announcing that the company had purchased the Liberty Bell to reduce country’s debt. But the twist was that they decided to rename the Liberty Bell as “Taco Liberty Bell”. This was a rude shock for people all over the country, and by afternoon, the Taco Bell headquarters and the National Park Service was flooded with thousands of phone call. On the same day, at noon, it was revealed that the story is actually a hoax and an April Fool’s day prank. (source)

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9. In 1957, as an April Fool’s segment, the BBC aired a clip showing a family harvesting spaghetti from the family spaghetti tree. When viewers asked how they could grow their own, they were told to place a sprig of spaghetti in a tin of tomato sauce and hope for the best.

As a part of April Fool’s day spoof documentary, BBC featured a family from Ticino, Switzerland carrying out their annual spaghetti harvest. The distinguished BBC broadcaster Richard Dimbleby narrated the story which showed women carefully plucking strands of spaghetti from a tree and laying them in the sun to dry. Some viewers were so intrigued by the documentary that they wanted to find out where they could purchase their very own spaghetti bush. Some viewers even wanted to know how to grow their own spaghetti. They were asked to place a sprig of spaghetti in a tin of tomato sauce and hope for the best. (source)

10. As an April Fool’s Day prank on 2002, NASA posted a picture that proved the moon was made of cheese, including an expiration date of the cheesy moon.

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When it comes to April Fool’s day spoof, NASA is clearly inclined to have its own share of fun. On April 1, 2002, NASA’s website uploaded an image of the moon stating that new images of the moon have confirmed the fact that Moon is actually made of cheese. They stated that the image was actually taken in 1965 by the Ranger 9 probe minutes before the impact. The fact had been confirmed by astronomers using a new camera on the Hubble Space Telescope. They even stated a numeric date after which the moon may go bad. A spokesperson even advised that “To be cautious, we should completely devour the Moon by tomorrow”.(source)

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