Mar 31, 2008 9:33 AM | 1
April Fools’ Day has never been a predictable day. Unlike other holidays with repetitive traditions, this time of trickery never plays by the rules.
Where’d it all start? Some say in France. When the Gregorian calendar was introduced, the New Year holiday was moved from March/April to January. Many forgot and continued to celebrate on the outdated date. So, they were the original fools.
Witness some elaborate pranks since then:
- In 1957, the BBC announced that Swiss farmers were enjoying a sudden bumper spaghetti crop and aired footage (see right). Many called in to find out how to grow their own.
- In 1992, National Public Radio's Talk of the Nation announced that Richard Nixon was running for President again. His campaign slogan was, “I didn't do anything wrong, and I won't do it again.”
- In 1996, Taco Bell announced that it had bought the Liberty Bell and was renaming it the Taco Liberty Bell. Hundreds of citizens expressed outrage.
Read about more here. Or, borrow the book version of this website, Museum of Hoaxes, from your library for a great collection of cons throughout history.
Make the most of this holiday. It may be one of the last remaining ones with any surprises in store.
Just kidding about the world wonder thing. For now.