40 Amazing April Fools Day Facts

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Here are 40 amazing April Fools Day facts.

1-5 April Fools Day Facts

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1. On April Fools Day in 1989, billionaire Richard Branson designed a hot air balloon to look like a UFO and hired a dwarf in an E.T. costume to come out and scare whoever was near it when it landed. – Source

2. In 1996, as an April Fools Day prank, the Taco Bell Corporation took out a full-page ad that appeared in six major newspapers saying that it had bought the Liberty Bell and was renaming it the Taco Liberty Bell. The National Historic Park in Philadelphia received hundreds of outraged calls. – Source

3. Easter will be on April Fools Day in 2018. – Source

4. On April Fools Day 1997, Wheel of Fortune host Pat Sajak and Jeopardy host Alex Trebek swapped shows for the day. – Source

5. On April Fools Day, 1976, the BBC convinced many listeners that a special alignment of the planets would temporarily decrease gravity on Earth. Phone lines were flooded with callers who claimed they felt the effects. – Source


6-10 April Fools Day Facts

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6. On April Fools Day 1974, a man hauled 70 tires into the crater of a dormant volcano in Alaska and set them on fire, terrifying nearby residents into thinking the volcano was erupting again. – Source

7. For April Fools Day in 1957, the BBC created a hoax in which they convinced the nation that spaghetti was grown from “spaghetti trees” in Italy and Switzerland. – Source

8. Gmail first launched on April 1st, 2004. It was widely assumed the service was an April Fools Day joke! – Source

9. The Oregon legislature ochestrated a bipartisan Rickroll in their statehouse by inserting lyric snippets into their floor speeches and stitching them together and released the video on YouTube on April Fools Day. – Source

10. Sun engineers rebuilt Eric Schmidt’s office on a pond as an April Fools Day joke. – Source


11-15 April Fools Day Facts


11. For April Fools Day in 1998, Burger King took out a full-page ad in the USA, introducing a Whopper designed especially for lefties. The new burger would contain the same ingredients as the original but rotated 180°. Thousands of customers swarmed BK restaurants requesting the “lefty” Whopper. – Source

12. Students once hacked the MIT website to say that Disney had bought the school for $6.9 billion as an April Fools Day prank. – Source

13. On April Fools Day 2002 NASA posted a picture that proved the moon was made of cheese including expiration date. – Source

14. As an April Fools Day prank, Sports Illustrated fooled the NY Mets’ fan base by successfully convincing them the team had signed Sidd Finch, a pitching phenom who could throw the ball 168 mph. He learned the “art of the pitch” in a Tibetan monastery, under the “great poet-saint Lama Milaraspa.” – Source

15. In 1977 The Guardian newspaper produced a 7-page supplement for April Fools day detailing the discovery of a fictional island called San Serriffe that was in the shape of a colon. Thousands fell for the hoax leading to a tradition of April Fool’s stories. – Source

16-20 April Fools Day Facts

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16. Each year on April Fools Day, James Randi gives an award to expose frauds called the Pigasus Award. – Source

17. A radio DJ, on April Fools Day, told listeners that “Dihydrogen monoxide” was coming out of the taps. Enough people freaked out at this mysterious chemical that the Dj almost faced felony charges. – Source

18. The Drew Carey Show used to do April Fools Day episodes filled with intentional mistakes and fans would win prizes for mailing in all the ones they caught. – Source

19. As an April Fools Day joke, Gamestation added a clause stating that users who placed an order on April 1, 2010, agreed to irrevocably give their soul to the company. 7,500 users agreed. – Source

20. On April 1, 2008, Nestlé launched an April Fools Day initiative indicating that they had changed the name of the Butterfinger candy bar to “The Finger”, citing consumer research indicated the original brand name was “clumsy” and “awkward”. – Source

21-25 April Fools Day Facts

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21. Comedian Mitch Hedberg’s death was announced on April Fools Day, 2005, leading many to believe it was a hoax. – Source

22. In 2013, former Google China Chief Kai-fu-Lee posted an April Fools prank that said people in China can get onto Facebook and Twitter, both were long blocked by Internet censorship. When users clicked on the image, text read “I’m in Tapei I’m in Taipei I’m in Taipei, Happy April Fools Day!” – Source

23. An April Fools Day joke standards proposal to send IP traffic by carrier pigeon was later successfully implemented. – Source

24. The first reference to April Fools day was in Chaucer’s “The Canterbury Tales”, dating back to 1392. – Source

25. April Fools Day lasts until 12 noon in the UK, after which, the person who plays the joke then becomes the fool. – Source


26-30 April Fools Day Facts

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26. Rube Waddell, one of the greatest pitchers to live, was known to leave in the middle of games to chase fire trucks, change into his uniform without underwear while walking across the field, and passed on April Fools Day. – Source

27. Google once actually lost a python in their offices on April Fools Day. – Source

28. BBC Radio broadcasted an April Fools Day hoax in 1973 about Dutch Elm Disease infecting redheads due to the similarity between their blood count and the soil conditions suitable for the plant disease. Therefore, redheads were advised to stay away from forests for the foreseeable future. – Source

30. April Fools Day on the set of the movie “Waiting…” Director Rob McKittrick and actor Luis Guzman staged a fight that was so realistic it made the entire crew uncomfortable. – Source


31-35 April Fools Day Facts


31. On April Fools Day in France, a common prank is to place a paper fish on the back of an unsuspecting person. When the paper fish is discovered, the victim is declared a “Poisson d’Avril” or “the April Fish.” – Source

32. In 2001 on April Fools Day an American intelligence aircraft crashed into a Chinese fighter over Chinese territory, sparking a huge international incident. The Chinese pilot’s name was Lt. Cdr. Wang Wei (That’s pronounced Wong Way). – Source

33. The big bang theory in physics was first published on April Fools Day and the principal authors included co-author Bethe so their theory would be known as by Alpher, Bethe, and Gamow (like alpha, beta, gamma). – Source

34. An HTTP extension, the Hyper Text Coffee Pot Control Protocol (HTCPCP) for diagnosing and controlling coffee pots, was written as an April Fools Day joke. It includes the error message “418: I’m a teapot.” – Source

35. An Aussie tiler lived in a cave in the Himalayas for 44 days eating only Dick Smiths peanut butter. Dick Smith had placed an ad in the local paper as an April Fools Day joke looking for volunteers, hoping to gain interest and allow him to promote his products, but he had 30 applicants instead. – Source

36-40 April Fools Day Facts

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36. The Gremlin, considered one of the worst cars ever built, was first introduced on April 1st, i.e. April Fools Day. – Source

37. On April 1, 2011, an April Fools Day joke from Google Enterprise said that Contoso (Microsoft’s fictional company) abandoned many of Microsoft’s technologies in favor of Google Apps. – Source

38. Bacon ice cream was originally created as an April Fools Day joke but then went on to become one of Heston Blumenthal’s signature dishes. – Source

39. Google’s very first April Fools Day hoax inserted into their search engine, the MentalPlex hoax, invited users to project a mental image of what they wanted to find whilst staring at an animated gif. – Source

40. On April 1, 1993, a San Diego deejay told listeners that the space shuttle had been diverted from Edwards Air Force Base and was to land at Montgomery Field in San Diego. Over 1000 listeners showed up at Montgomery Field to watch the April Fools Day landing. – Source

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