In case you were wondering when is April Fools Day, it is today. So let us look at some of the funniest, best, most amazing and famous April Fools Day pranks, hoaxes, lies and jokes ever perpetrated. Some of you may recall the Taco Bell April Fools prank in 1996, where the company took out ads in several newspapers claiming that they had purchased the Liberty Bell and were renaming it the Taco Liberty Bell. Not to be outdone, Burger King pulled a similar April Fools hoax, taking out newspaper ads in 1998 announcing their all new ′Left-Handed Whopper′, something which would inspire Southpaws like Barack Obama. This year, we have Google 2012 April Fools prank of the 8-bit Google Maps. So just what is behind all of these silly jokes, pranks and hoaxes?
As it turns out, the tradition goes back to ancient Persia in 536 BC. But most of the jokes, pranks and hoaxes associated with April 1 stems back to old Europe. The French had a gag called ′poisson d′avril′, or April′s fish, where people would try to place a paper fish on the backs of others. This is where the more modern idea of putting a ′Kick Me′ sign on a person′s back.
Everybody gets in on the fun at some point. Even legitimate news services. In 1957, the BBC aired a segment about the Swiss harvesting spaghetti from trees. In 1992, NPR announced that Richard Nixon decided to run for president again. One of the best talk radio personalities of the country, the late David Newman of WJR-760AM, once did an interview with an alleged representative of the Sultan of Brunei who intended to purchase Belle Isle Park from the City of Detroit. In addition to luxury hotels and casinos, the Sultan planned to build a monorail and hydrofoil service for his elite guests, as well as the world′s largest aquarium for the public to enjoy.
We can all use a good chuckle now and then and today is the day for it. Perhaps you may like to share your best, funniest, most famous and amazing April Fools Day pranks, jokes, lies and hoaxes with us? When is April Fools Day? It is today! So keep your eyes open and your wits sharp. Beware of people patting you on the back. Or of strange claims like the 8-bit Google Maps, the Taco Liberty Bell, or the left-handed Whopper. Of course, the one piece of news we′d love to hear is that Barack Obama has decided to resign or not seek reelection. Given the sort of egomaniac he is, nobody would ever believe that one!