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April Fools' Day Fun Facts
April Fools' Day is a unique and odd holiday. It's an opportunity for playing a prank on one another and making the joke believable for a period of time. Some historians believe the holiday began centuries ago. Take a look at the history of April Fools' Day and memorable pranks.
History of April Fools' Day
Around the World
Timeline of Memorable Pranks
  • 1950s
    Early 1950s

    The BBC runs a "news" item about the spaghetti harvest in Switzerland.

    Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons
  • 1985
    1985

    TSports Illustrated runs a 14-page story by George Plimpton about a Mets pitching phenom named Sidd Finch. The reclusive, skinny Finch has a 168-mph fastball (which he credits to meditations in Tibet) and a host of quirks including carrying a French horn at all times and wearing only one hiking boot while pitching.

    Image Credit: Courtesy of Sports Illustrated
  • 1986
    1986 - present

    Press releases for the [non-existent] New York City April Fools' Day Parade have been issued every year since 1986.

    Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons
  • 1996
    1996

    Taco Bell Corp. runs a full-page ad in several major newspapers claiming it has purchased the Liberty Bell and is renaming it the "Taco Liberty Bell."

    Image Credit: Raheb Homavandi/Reuters
  • 2000
    2000

    Google played its first April Fools' Day prank in 2000. Visitors learned about a new "MentalPlex" technology that supposedly read people's minds, thereby bypassing the need to type in a query. Google has executed various pranks since, announcing such products and features as Google Nose, Gmail Motion and PigeonRank.

    Image Credit: Screenshot of http://www.google.com/mentalplex/
  • 2004
    2004

    The National Public Radio show "All Things Considered" runs a story about the post offices' new "portable ZIP codes" program. Based on people being able to keep their phone number even if they moved, the program was designed to represent " a citizen's place in the demographic, rather than geographic, landscape."

    Image Credit: tsz01/iStock
  • 2008
    2008

    The BBC runs a video clip of flying penguins as part of a story for its series "Miracles of Evolution". The presenter explains that the penguins escaped the cold, harsh Antarctic weather by flying to the tropical rainforests of South America.

    Image Credit: From BBC
  • 2010
    2010

    The National Republican Senatorial Committee releases a parody web video celebrating President Barack Obama as "truly the greatest president ever" and that he has "kept all his promises."

    Image Credit:Jonathan Ernst/Reuters
  • 2013
    2013 Proctor and Gamble: Bacon Scope

    Proctor and Gamble fooled quite a few people when they announced a new addition to their product line: Scope Bacon. The company claimed the product "tastes like bacon, while killing 99% of bad breath."

    Image Credit: Scope

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