The Top 10 April Fools pranks ever (Pt. 2)

Here we see the Loch Ness Monster, which has spawned more than its share of legends and hoaxes.

The Loch Ness Monster is among the most famous hoaxes of all time. (Photo: Wikipedia)

It pays to be prepared when April Fools Day comes along, which means that you must be up on your history of the Top 10 April Fools pranks ever. Keep in mind that you might need payday loans to duplicate things on that scale. Without further ado, and straight from the Museum of Hoaxes, here are the Top 10 April Fools pranks in convenient, bite-sized form. Chomp ’em, ’cause you got ’em. And if you missed part one of this article – April Fools pranks you can easily play at home or work – CLICK HERE.

The Top 10 April Fools pranks, for your consideration

  1. Swiss Spaghetti Harvest – Let’s start this Top 10 April Fools pranks list in tasty style. In 1957, the BBC convinced gullible Brits that the Swiss were growing spaghetti on trees.
  2. Sidd Finch – Better known as Hayden “Sidd” (short for Siddhartha) Finch, this George Plimpton creation actually had baseball fans going for a while in 1985. (See video below.) “He’s a pitcher, part yogi and part recluse. Impressively liberated from our opulent life-style, Sidd’s deciding about yoga — and his future in baseball.” Oh, and he could throw a 168 mph fastball with pinpoint control. No sweat.
  3. San Serriffe – Again, let’s laugh at those gullible Britons, circa 1977. The Guardian convinced thousands that this small republic that consisted of “several semi-colon-shaped islands located in the Indian Ocean” actually existed.  “Its two main islands were named Upper Caisse and Lower Caisse,” and the capital city of Bodoni fell under the leadership of… wait for it… General Pica. If you believe that, I have some Zapf Dingbats to sell you.
  4. Alabama Changes Pi – To the “Biblical value” of 3.0, of course. Because 3.14159 is an affront to all that’s holy.
  5. Burger King’s left-handed Whopper – This began as an ad campaign and prompted about 90 percent of the population to ask for the right-handed version.
  6. Nessie’s body – Yorkshire’s Flamingo Park Zoo claimed it had found the 15 -and-a-half-foot carcass, but it was really a bull elephant seal. A pranking zoologist shaved the whiskers off the dead body, stuffed the cheeks with stones and dumped it back in Loch Ness so that the public could discover the wonder.
  7. Brassieres fuzz TV and radio reception – In 1982, The Daily Mail (yes, back to the UK) claimed 10,000 “rogue bras” were on the market with copper underwire that supposedly created enough static electricity when it came into contact with nylon and body heat that it threw local TV and radio signals for a loop. The chief engineer of British Telecom immediately used this as an excuse to grill his female employees about their type of bra.
  8. Man flies by lung powerThe New York Times printed a photo in 1934 of a man flying with help from a device that allegedly was powered by his breath. Supposedly that mighty wind spun rotors that created powerful suction. This kept him aloft – and proved that Americans don’t know much about physics. Perhaps they’re in such great need of debt repair that they can’t afford college, or at least some books about how airplanes work.
  9. Whistling carrots – A British supermarket called Tesco claimed it had developed a genetically modified form of carrot that whistled. Ads claimed that the carrots grew with tapered air holes that produced a whistling sound when the vegetable was fully cooked.
  10. Friends don’t let friends surf the Web drunk – John Dvorak of PC Computing magazine convinced readers in 1994 that Congress had passed a bill making it illegal to use the World Wide Web while drunk, or to discuss sexual matters on public networks. The first clue should have been the bill number (SB 040194 … 04/01/94), the second the name of the contact: Lirpa Sloof (April Fools backwards). It might be in bad taste to mention this now, but Sen. Ted Kennedy’s office received a great deal of mail on this one.

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