Tuesday, April 01, 2014

April Fools revisited

1957 - The BBC broadcast a documentary that showed how Italians harvested spaghetti from trees. Many viewers believed the hoax and attempted to purchase spaghetti seeds from their local seed stores.

1996 - Taco Bell took out a full-page ad in the New York Times announcing that the taco chain had actually purchased the Liberty Bell. Claiming that they bought it to reduce the national debt, they re-named it the Taco Liberty Bell. It was, of course, an April Fool's prank.

1998 - Burger King advertised a left-handed hamburger. According to their ad, the burger was designed specifically for left-handed people as it would only drip its juices from the right-hand side. Another April Fools prank.

2008 - Today is when the BBC reported the story of a rare flock of flying penguins in Antarctica that migrated from the South Pole to the Amazon Rain Forest. In case you were wondering, penguins don’t fly.

All from Ward's Daily Almanac:  http://wbward.com/almanac%20main.htm  

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