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Famous April Fools Pranks

Festivals | 6-12 yrs | Animation, Video

All set to play pranks on April Fools’ Day? What were the biggest and best April Fools’ Day pranks of all time? Here are five of the craziest pranks played, a couple by well known news channel BBC! Would you have fallen for any of these?

1. Where are the White Lions?

On April 1, 1860, many Londoners received this invitation: ‘Tower of London: Admit Bearer and Friend to view the Annual ceremony of- Washing the White Lions. Admission at White Gate.’ This created mayhem as hundreds of visitors gathered outside the Tower. They came to know that the Tower never kept any kinds of lions! Little white lies for April Fools’ Day.

2. Spaghetti grows on trees:

The BBC in 1957, showed harvesters growing spaghetti trees! It fooled hundreds of people who called the channel asking them how they can do it. BBC asked viewers to put noodles in a can of sauce and grow a spaghetti tree.

3.Big Ben- Big hoax:

In 1980, BBC announced that the great Big Ben clock was going digital and that its hands were up for sale in an auction on April 1. Many people protested against the change. A Japanese man, who was in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, on hearing the news, immediately placed a bid.

4. Float on Earth

On 1 April 1976, astronomer Patrick Moore announced on BBC Radio that at 9:47 AM the planets Pluto and Jupiter would be aligned with the Earth. A once in a lifetime situation, it would cause anyone who jumped on Earth at that time, to experience a feeling of floating in air! Many people called and claimed they did feel the floating sensation.

5. Water on Mars!

In 2005, NASA posted on their website the news that water has been discovered on planet Mars. The readers were all excited but when they scrolled down to read further they found a picture of a glass of water placed on top of Mars Chocolate!

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