Laugh, it's only April 1st


    Being today is suposed to be the day for pranksters I dug this up and thought some of you just might enjoy it.....from around the world ten funny April Fool's Day pranks..........

    10. In 1980 the BBC reported that Big Ben, in order to keep  up with the times, was going to be given a digital readout. The announcement  shocked listeners, who protested the change. The BBC Japanese service also  announced the clock hands would be sold to the first four listeners to contact  them. One Japanese *** in the mid-Atlantic immediately radioed in a bid.

    9. In 2007, images of an 8-inch mummified  creature resembling a *** were posted on the website of the Lebanon Circle  Magik Co. The site explained how the creature had been found by a man walking  his dog along an old Roman road in rural Derbyshire. By April 1 the Lebanon  Circle website had received tens of thousands of visitors and hundreds of  emails. But, at the end of April 1, Dan Baines, the owner of the site, confessed the  *** was a hoax. He had used his skills as a magician's prop-maker to create  the creature. Baines later reported that, even after his confession, he  continued to receive numerous emails from people who refused to accept the ***  wasn't real.

    8. A barge towing a giant iceberg appeared in Sydney Harbor  in April 1978. Dick Smith, a local adventurer and millionaire businessman, had  been loudly promoting his scheme to tow an iceberg from Antarctica, saying he  was going to carve the berg into small ice cubes, which he would sell to the  public for ten cents each. These cubes, fresh from the pure waters of  Antarctica, were promised to improve the flavour of any drink they cooled. ocal radio stations provided blow-by-blow coverage of the scene, but when it  started to rain the firefighting foam and shaving cream the berg was really made  of washed away, uncovering the white plastic sheets beneath.

    7. In 1860 people throughout London received the following  invitation: "Tower of London: Admit Bearer and Friend to view annual ceremony of  Washing the White Lions on Sunday, April 1, 1860. Admittance only at White  Gate." By noon a large crowd had gathered outside the tower. They were  disappointed to find that lions hadn't been kept in the tower for centuries, let  alone white lions.

    6. Burger King published a full page  advertisement in USA Today in 1998. The advert announced 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.

    5. On 1 April 1972, newspaper headlines around the world  announced the dead body of the Loch Ness Monster had been found. A team of  zoologists from Yorkshire's Flamingo Park Zoo, who were at Loch Ness searching  for proof of Nessie's existence, had discovered the carcass floating in the  water the day before. Initial reports claimed it weighed a ton and a half and  was 15½ feet long. Upon inspection, Nessie turned out to be a bull elephant  seal. The zoo's education officer, John Shields, confessed he had been responsible  for placing the body in the Loch. The seal had died the week before, and he had  shaved off its whiskers, padded its cheeks with stones, and kept it frozen for a  week, before dumping it in the Loch. The seal's body was displayed at the  Flamingo Park Zoo for a few days before being properly disposed of.

    4. In 1977 the Guardian  published a seven-page  "special report" about San Serriffe, a small country located in the Indian Ocean  consisting of several islands that make the shape of a semi-colon. The two main  islands were called Upper Caisse and Lower Caisse. They did an in-depth series  of articles on the history, geography and daily life on these idyllic islands. The Guardian's phones rang all day as readers wanted more information  about the perfect-sounding fictional holiday spot, and the hoax began a  tradition in newspapers to try and fool their readers.

    3. During an interview on BBC Radio 2, on the morning of 1  April 1976, the astronomer Patrick Moore announced that at 9:47 AM a  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 his 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.

    2.  The best known public prank is the 1957 news show  broadcast by Panorama. It was a three-minute segment about a bumper spaghetti  harvest in southern Switzerland. This was apparently because of an unusually  mild winter and the "virtual disappearance of the spaghetti weevil," with video  footage of a Swiss family pulling pasta off spaghetti trees and placing it into  baskets. The show said: "For those who love this dish, there's nothing like  real, home-grown spaghetti."  Hundreds of people phoned the BBC wanting  to know how they could grow their own spaghetti tree. To this query the BBC  simply said: "Place a sprig of spaghetti in a tin of tomato sauce and hope for  the best."

    1. In Sweden, in 1962, there was only one television  channel, and it was shown in black and white. The station announced that their  "technical expert," Kjell Stensson, was going to tell people how to view color  images on their black-and-white sets. Researchers, he said, had recently  discovered that covering your 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. Many say today that they remember  their parents (their fathers in particular) rushing through the house trying to  find stockings to place over the TV set. Regular colour broadcasts began in  Sweden on April 1, 1970.


    Thanks for sharing, Chuck.  Love the "Place a sprig of spaghetti in a tin of tomato sauce and hope for  the best."

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    I wonder how many Left handed vs Right handed burgers were sold.


    I am still laughing...I remember the Left Hand Whopper!

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    There are some memories in that post.

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    Thanks Chuck - Great stuff! Love the "melting iceberg" in Sydney Harbor. That is quite the prop for an April Fools Day chuckle...


    Some good one's there Chuck. Thanks for sharing


    The left handed Whopper was a joke? I still ask for them and get served at my local BK.  It has to be a special order but it is really worth it.  The condiments don't drip, they rise to the top.

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    Awesome list!  Thanks Chuck


    But do you remember BKs promotion?  "it takes two hands to handle a whopper"   Just wondering "the beginning"??????