It’s April 1, and if you’re a natural prankster, chances are you’re looking forward to April Fools’ Day every year single, and with good reason. It’s the only day out of 365 days of the year that you can play an amiable prank on someone–with permission! Its after-party usually involves a good laugh or two and another genius prank checked off the list.
Indeed, April Fools’ pranks are an old tradition in American and European countries. Since the first tradition began, people have executed pretty wacky antics every year, but these epic pranks are noteworthy for their creative flair and wide public reaction. Here are the nine of the world’s Best April Fools Day Pranks of all time! Grab your popcorns and enjoy this fun read!
Loch Ness Monster (1972)
In 1972, newspaper headlines worldwide announced that a team of zoologists from Yorkshire’s Flamingo Park Zoo had found proof of the Loch Ness monster’s existence. The said ‘creature’ weighed a ton and measured 15.5 feet long, which eventually turned out to be a bull elephant carcass. An education officer from the zoo placed it in the water as an April Fool’s Day prank, and it has remained unforgettable since then.
A Modernized Big Ben (1980)
BBC shocked the world when they announced that Big Ben would be modernized with a new digital readout and that BBC Japan will sell the striking clock’s hands to the first four listeners who phoned into the station. The shocking news left people enraged, with some even staging protests– before finally discovering that it was just an April Fools Day prank.
Burger King’s “Left-Handed Whopper (1988)
Burger King took April Fool’s Day to a whole new level in 1998 when they published a full-page ad in USA Today announcing their new “Left-Handed Whopper.” It was advertised to contain the same ingredients as the original, only rotated 180 degrees. Hilariously, thousands of people requested the sandwich, as well as its “right-handed” version!
UFO in London (1989)
Thousands of motorists driving on the highway outside London looked up in the air to see a glowing flying saucer descending on their city. As they pulled up to watch the bizarre craft float to the air and land in a field on the outskirts of London, residents called police to warn them of an alien invasion. The police soon arrived on the scene, and a small figure wearing a silver space suit walked out, which led to the police taking off in the opposite direction. The alien turned out to be a midget, and the flying saucer was a hot air balloon that had been specially built to look like a UFO by Richard Branson, the 36-year-old chairman of Virgin Records.
Nixon Running for President (1992)
National Public Radio’s Talk of the Nation revealed that Richard Nixon, in a surprise move, was running for President again. They said his new campaign slogan was, “I didn’t do anything wrong, and I won’t do it again.” and it was accompanied by audio clips of Nixon delivering his speech. Listeners were outraged and flooded the show with calls expressing their shock and disbelief, only to find out in the second half of the show that the announcement was a practical joke and Nixon’s “voice” was of comedian Rich Little.
Taco Bell Buying Liberty Bell (1996)
Taco Bell got into the April Fools Day spirit in 1996 and ran a newspaper ad announcing their purchase of the Liberty Bell. The risky move annoyed a lot of people, but it also proved that “you get a huge bang for your buck if you pull off a stunt that everybody talks about.”
A Fairy Mummy (2007)
In 2007, pictures surfaced of an 8-inch mummified creature said to be a fairy on the Lebanon Circle Magik Company website. A Derbyshire man claimed that he found it while he was walking his dog. Tens of thousands of visitors bought the hoax before the site finally claimed it as a prank at the end of April 1st.
Google’s Pokemon Game (2014)
Google joined the ranks of corporations playing April Fools tricks on the public when they published a Pokemon game. It was said that players could use Google maps to look for and catch Pikachus and Bulbasaurs, who would pop up on the map screen for gamers to grab. The prize of the biggest collector was a job at Google as a “Pokemon Master.”
Dressing Up Naked Animals (2016)
Even National Geographic got in on the fun in 2016! The media company’s announcement via Twitter that they would no longer publish photographs of naked animals shocked the whole world. Readers who clicked through to the story were greeted with “April Fools” and a gallery of adorably dressed puppies and kittens.
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