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APRIL FOOLS DAY

APRIL 01, 2021



April Fools Day

I've never been much of a Hoaxter but I thought it might still be an interesting exercise to look back at the history of April Fools Day and review some of the more recent and renown hoaxes offered on April 1 in years past.

According to history.com and most other sites I've visited, the real origin of April Fools Day remains a mystery. There have been a number of suggestions as to the origin but none sound very persuasive to me and, as a result, I thought it might be more interesting to focus on some of the recent and larger scale pranks played on that rather infamous holiday.

Taken directly from the history.com website:

In 1957, the BBC reported that Swiss farmers were experiencing a record spaghetti crop and showed footage of people harvesting noodles from trees. In 1996, Taco Bell, the fast-food restaurant chain, duped people when it announced it had agreed to purchase Philadelphia’s Liberty Bell and intended to rename it the Taco Liberty Bell.

In 1998, after Burger King advertised a “Left-Handed Whopper,” scores of clueless customers requested the fake sandwich. Google notoriously hosts an annual April Fools’ Day prank that has included everything from “telepathic search” to the ability to play Pac Man on Google Maps.


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