The World’s Best April Fools Pranks

If you’re in France today, watch out… you may have a fish on your back.

April Fool’s Day in France is called “Poisson d’Avril,” or “April’s Fish.” All day, people stick paper fish to the backs of friends, family, and colleagues. In Iran and Scotland jokes run for two days -- April 1st and 2nd. And in Denmark, Fools-Day pranks are played on the first day of both April and May.

Have you ever pulled a good travel prank? Write in to let us know and we’ll share the best ones in this e-letter.

In the meantime, scroll down to read about some of the best jokes and pranks played around the world.

-- Lori

Lori Allen
Director, Great Escape Publishing

April 1, 2010
The Right Way to Travel

The World's Best April Fools Jokes

** When Penguins Fly -- Two years ago on April 1st, the BBC announced that it had footage of penguins flying near the Antarctic for its series, “Miracles of Evolution.” It wasn’t true, of course.  You can see the fake “footage” here:

** The Infamous Swiss Spaghetti Harvest -- In 1957 the BBC announced that Swiss spaghetti farmers were experiencing a huge crop explosion. Viewers saw footage of Swiss farmers “harvesting” spaghetti from a tree. Many called in to find out how they can grow spaghetti themselves.

** The Left-Hander -- Burger King announced a new menu item on April 1st, 1998: the Left-Handed Whopper. The burgers were said to be made just for lefties, specially designed with sauces that dripped out the right side of the burger.

** Liberty Taco Bell -- In 1996, Taco Bell announced it was buying the Liberty Bell and renaming it the Taco Liberty Bell.

** Pantyhose Television -- Sweden’s only TV station in 1962 told viewers they could make their black and white television sets show color images by stretching a nylon stocking over the front of the screen. It’s reported that thousands of viewers tried it at home.

** This Day Tonight, an Australian TV show, announced a change over to “metric time” in 1972. Instead of 24 hours in a day, there would be 20. And instead of 60 seconds in a minute, there would be 100. The town hall clock in Adelaide even sported a new 10-hour clock face to help the hoax along.

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