Skip to comments.Top 100 April Fool's Day Hoaxes of All Time
Posted on 03/30/2012 2:10:57 AM PDT by SMGFan
Note from the Curator: I created the first version of this list in the late 1990s. Back then, there was hardly any information collected about April Fool's Day pranks, so I had to do a lot of research in newspaper archives to put this together. Luckily I was in grad school, so I had a lot of spare time on my hands ;-). Over the years I've tweaked the list, rearranging it slightly and adding new entries based on reader feedback and ongoing research, but my top choices have remained pretty much the same. This list is easily the most popular article I've ever posted on the Museum of Hoaxes
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#2: On Free Republic, in 2011, the poster known as Lazamataz swore off women forever, proclaiming that he had matured, and will be treating women with respect and honor, no longer viewing them as mere playgrounds for his bizarre and unsettling lusts. Posters on the forum flocked to the thread, to praise his decision to become an adult in his behavior. Soon, however, people began to notice the date — and they realized they had been had. Lazamataz laughed, and immediately began making passes at all the women on the thread.
That sounds like a fine day.
Hahahahahah...sounds like a honey pot to me!
I was at the store and this ho axes me will I buy her some Skittles...
There is still time to repent.
You misspelled ‘repeat’.
Yes, if that was my intent.
The 1992 hoax of Rich Little’s being the voice of President Nixon, exclaiming he was going to run again for President. That is just hilarious. The campaign slogan was “I did not do anything wrong, and I won’t do it again.”
You misspelled ‘invent’.
You misspelled ‘PELOSI’.
It wasn't actually,everything about it was just wrong.It was like a rupture in the force,or farce or somethin'
You misspelled ‘Gargoyle’.
It seems they forgot the biggest one: The saddling of America with Barack Obama.
I like #4 (at the link) where they announced that Taco Bell had purchased the Liberty Bell from the Federal Government and ahd renamed it “The Taco Liberty Bell”. This sparked outrage and many phone calls until it was revealed that it was an April Fool’s Day joke.
#1 THe Federal Govt. does not own the Libert Bell — the City of Philadelphia does.
#2 Taco Bell donated $5000 toward the upkeep of the Liberty Bell afterwards.
During an interview on BBC Radio 2, on the morning of 1 April 1976, the British astronomer Patrick Moore announced that at 9:47 AM a once-in-a-lifetime astronomical event was going to occur that listeners could experience in their very own homes. The planet Pluto would pass behind Jupiter, temporarily causing a gravitational alignment that would counteract and lessen the Earth's own gravity. Moore told his listeners that if they jumped in the air at the exact moment this planetary alignment occurred, they would experience a strange floating sensation. When 9:47 AM arrived, BBC2 began to receive hundreds of phone calls from listeners claiming to have felt the sensation. One woman even reported that she and her eleven friends had risen from their chairs and floated around the room. Moore's announcement (which, of course, was a joke) was inspired by a pseudoscientific astronomical theory that had recently been promoted in a book called The Jupiter Effect, alleging that a rare alignment of the planets was going to cause massive earthquakes and the destruction of Los Angeles in 1982.
Thinking along those lines, does anyone know for sure what day "Global Warming" was first announced?
Back in the `90s a radio station in Cincinnati announced that the Space Shuttle had encountered unforeseen problems on a scheduled landing and had to divert to Lunken Airport (the City Municipal Airport on the East Side) and was expected to land in “about an hour”.
The placed got jammed up with people flocking to see the damaged space shuttle try to land at Lunken.
"Out of dilithium"
"Not feelin it today"
"Swipe card to begin"
FOr me “The Curious Case of Sidd Finch” will always be the #1 best April Fools joke.
“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.”
May George Plimpton forever rest in peace, one of the greatest sports writers ever.
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