The BBC runs a "news" item about the spaghetti harvest in Switzerland.Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons
TSports Illustrated runs a 14-page story by George Plimpton about a Mets pitching phenom named Sidd Finch. The reclusive, skinny Finch has a 168-mph fastball (which he credits to meditations in Tibet) and a host of quirks including carrying a French horn at all times and wearing only one hiking boot while pitching.Image Credit: Courtesy of Sports Illustrated
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Press releases for the [non-existent] New York City April Fools' Day Parade have been issued every year since 1986.Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons
Taco Bell Corp. runs a full-page ad in several major newspapers claiming it has purchased the Liberty Bell and is renaming it the "Taco Liberty Bell."Image Credit: Raheb Homavandi/Reuters
Google played its first April Fools' Day prank in 2000. Visitors learned about a new "MentalPlex" technology that supposedly read people's minds, thereby bypassing the need to type in a query. Google has executed various pranks since, announcing such products and features as Google Nose, Gmail Motion and PigeonRank.Image Credit: Screenshot of http://www.google.com/mentalplex/
The National Public Radio show "All Things Considered" runs a story about the post offices' new "portable ZIP codes" program. Based on people being able to keep their phone number even if they moved, the program was designed to represent " a citizen's place in the demographic, rather than geographic, landscape."Image Credit: tsz01/iStock
The BBC runs a video clip of flying penguins as part of a story for its series "Miracles of Evolution". The presenter explains that the penguins escaped the cold, harsh Antarctic weather by flying to the tropical rainforests of South America.Image Credit: From BBC
The National Republican Senatorial Committee releases a parody web video celebrating President Barack Obama as "truly the greatest president ever" and that he has "kept all his promises."Image Credit:Jonathan Ernst/Reuters
20132013 Proctor and Gamble: Bacon Scope
Proctor and Gamble fooled quite a few people when they announced a new addition to their product line: Scope Bacon. The company claimed the product "tastes like bacon, while killing 99% of bad breath."Image Credit: Scope
April Fools' Day Fun Facts
April Fools' Day is a unique and odd holiday. It's an opportunity for playing a prank on one another and making the joke believable for a period of time. Some historians believe the holiday began centuries ago. Take a look at the history of April Fools' Day and memorable pranks.
History of April Fools' Day
Some historians believe the April Fools' customs began in France, although no one knows for sure.
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It may stem from a calendar change in 16th century France -- the moving of New Year's Day from April 1 to Jan. 1 when the Gregorian calendar was adopted.
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People who continued to celebrate New Year's Day on April 1 rather than the new date of January 1 were referred to as "April fools," and others played tricks on them.
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Around the World
In France, April 1 is called "Poisson d'Avril."
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French children fool their friends by taping a paper fish to their friends' backs.
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When the "young fool" discovers this trick, the prankster yells "Poisson d'Avril!"
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In Scotland, April Fools' lasts two days. Victims of pranks are called gowks (cuckoo birds). The second day is known as Taily Day, and pranks involving the backside are played. Supposedly, it is the origin of "kick me" signs.
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In England and Canada, pranks are only played in the morning of April 1.
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Timeline of Memorable Pranks