Some people are satisfied with just stretching some Saran wrap over the toilet bowl. And then there’s these epic April 1 pranks:

10) San Serrife: In 1977, The Guardian newspaper printed a supplement advertising a beautiful semicolon shaped island resort. But it was just a prank by the font-obsessed staff.

9) Leaning Tower of Pisa: A TV news program in Holland announced the famous tower had fallen down, leading to a flood of calls to the station.

8) BMW Goes to Mars: As part of their annual April 1 hoax, BMW reported that MINI cars would be used in an upcoming mission to Mars.

7) Gravity Shmavity: In 1976 a British astronomer announced on BBC radio that two planets would align at 9:47 am, leading to a temporary lessening of gravity. He invited listeners to jump in the air at the precise moment.

6) Left-Handed Whopper: In 1998, Burger King took out an ad in USA Today announcing a new item had been added to the menu that included all the regular ingredients, but the condiments were rotated 180 degrees for the benefit of the left-handed. Thousands of customers requested the new burger.

5) Hotheaded Naked Ice Borers: In 1995, Discover magazine reported the discovery of a new species of arctic-dwelling critters with a plate on their head that warmed up enough to melt through ice.

4) Spaghetti Tree: In 1957, the BBC aired a report about a bumper spaghetti harvest in Switzerland. They aired footage of the annual “Harvest Festival”, and discussed the correct way to grow spaghetti of a proper length.

3) Sidd Finch: A 1985 Sports Illustrated article discussed a pitching phenom named Sidd Finch who could throw at 168mph (65mph faster than the record).

2) Taco Liberty Bell: In 1996, Taco Bell announced they had bought the Liberty Bell and renamed it the Taco Liberty Bell.

1) Smell-o-Vision: In 1965, the BBC announced they were conducting a series of tests to transmit odor over the airwaves to all viewers. A whole bunch of viewers contact them to report on the test’s success.

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Peter Alexander

With over ten years experience as an online writer and content specialist, Peter has written for a wide variety of clients and industries. At various points, he has helped define the online voice for clients such as Nintendo, Nike’s Jordan brand and Electronic Arts. For the last number of years, he has specialized in writing for the online gaming world, for clients such as Bodog and Silver Oak Casino.