More April Fools’ Day Pranks!

March 29, 2011 |  by  |  Lifestyle
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Yesterday we posted a few April Fools’ Day pranks to give you a head start for Friday, and it seems that all you Googlers out there are still in search of April Fools’ Day ideas.

Get inspired by some of the best April Fools Day pranks of all time after the JUMP!

A website called Museum of Hoaxes has popped up and lists the “Top 100 April Fool’s Day Hoaxes of All Time.” Who nominated the top 100? No idea, but they do make for a good read. Get inspired!

Here are a few of my favorite April Fools Day Pranks from Museum of Hoaxes:

#3 Instant Color TV
In 1962 there was only one TV channel in Sweden, and it broadcast in black and white. The station’s technical expert, Kjell Stensson, appeared on the news to announce that, thanks to a new technology, viewers could convert their existing sets to display color reception. All they had to do was pull a nylon stocking over their TV screen. Stensson proceeded to demonstrate the process. Thousands of people were taken in. Regular color broadcasts only commenced in Sweden on April 1, 1970.

#15 Metric Time
1975: Australia’s This Day Tonight news program revealed that the country would soon be converting to “metric time.” Under the new system there would be 100 seconds to the minute, 100 minutes to the hour, and 20-hour days. Furthermore, seconds would become millidays, minutes become centidays, and hours become decidays. The report included an interview with Deputy Premier Des Corcoran who praised the new time system. The Adelaide townhall was even shown sporting a new 10-hour metric clock face. The thumbnail (found at shows TDT Adelaide reporter Nigel Starck posing with a smaller metric clock. TDT received numerous calls from viewers who fell for the hoax. One frustrated viewer wanted to know how he could convert his newly purchased digital clock to metric time.

#35 Big Ben Goes Digital
The BBC reported that Big Ben, in order to keep up with the times, was going to be given a digital readout. The announcement received a huge response from listeners shocked and angered by the proposed change. The BBC Japanese service also announced that the clock hands would be sold to the first four listeners to contact them. One Japanese seaman in the mid-Atlantic immediately radioed in a bid.

Funny stuff!


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