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List of top 5 April Fools' Day pranks

March 31, 2014

1) The Swiss Spaghetti harvest In 1957, the BBC pulled a prank, known as the Swiss Spaghetti Harvest prank, where they broadcast a fake film of Swiss farmers picking freshly-grown spaghetti. “Due to the virtual elimination of the dreaded spaghetti weevil, Swiss farmers are enjoying a bumper spaghetti crop,” the program said. The BBC was later flooded with requests to purchase a spaghetti plant, forcing them to declare the video as a prank on the news the next day. The three-minute hoax on the Panorama program took advantage of the fact that spaghetti was relatively little-known in the UK, and many Britons were unaware that spaghetti is made from wheat flour and water. 2) The left-handed whopper American fast food chain Burger King published a full page advertisement in USA Today in 1998, announcing a new item on their menu: the Left-Handed Whopper. Especially designed for the 32 million left-handed Americans, the new burger included the same ingredients as the original Whopper, but all the condiments were rotated 180 degrees. Thousands of customers went into restaurants to request the new sandwich, while many others requested their own 'right handed' version. 3) The day anti-gravity took over The British have a rich history of fooling people. On the morning of 1 April 1976, during an interview on BBC2 radio, astronomer Patrick Moore announced that at 9:47 AM an once-in-a-lifetime astronomical event was going to take place. The planet Pluto would pass behind Jupiter, temporarily causing a gravitational alignment that would reduce the Earth's own gravity. Moore told listeners that if they jumped in the air at the exact moment this planetary alignment occurred, they would experience a strange floating sensation. The BBC received hundreds of phone calls from listeners claiming to have felt the sensation. One woman even reported she and her 11 friends had risen from their chairs and floated around the room. 4) The way to technology is through your wife’s stockings In Sweden, in 1962, there was only one television channel, and it was in black and white. The station announced that their "technical expert," Kjell Stensson, had discovered a way for people to view color images on their black-and-white sets. Stensson said covering the television screen with a pair of tights would cause the light to bend in such a way that it would appear as if the image was in color. All viewers had to do, Stensson said, was to cut open a pair of stockings and tape them over the screen of their television set. Thousands of viewers fell for the hoax. A generation of Swedes say that they remember their parents (their fathers in particular) rushing through the house trying to find stockings to place over the TV set. 5) The internet is a magnet for fools The world’s most popular search engine Google played its first April Fools' Day hoax in 2000. It invited users to project a mental image of what they wanted to find whilst staring at an animated image. Several humorous error messages were then displayed on the search results page, including: Error 001: Weak or no signal detected. Upgrade transmitter and retry. Error 666: Multiple transmitters detected. Silence voices in your head and try again. Error 01: Brainwaves received in analog. Please re-think in digital. Error 8P: Unclear on whether your search is about money or monkeys. Please try again. Error 005: Searching on this topic is prohibited under international law. Error CKR8: That information is protected under the National Security Act. Error 006: Query is unclear. Try again after removing hat, glasses and shoes. And our absolute favorite - Error: Insufficient conviction. Please clap hands 3 times, while chanting "I believe" and try again.

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