It’s April Fools’ Day!

Practical jokes and clever tricks mark this wacky day, which has been celebrated for centuries. In modern times, pranks have spread through the media and fooled hundreds or thousands at a time!

Do you know these famous April Fools’ Day pranks?

  • Harvesting the spaghetti crop — On April 1, 1957, the BBC aired a segment showing a Swiss family harvesting their bumper spaghetti crop. Hundreds of Brits called in to ask about buying a spaghetti tree of their own.

  • UFO lands near London — In 1989, reports of a flying saucer sent British bobbies off to investigate. When they arrived, a small creature in a silver suit emerged. The bobbies, of course, fled for their lives.

  • Zero Gravity Day — At 9:47 am on April 1, 1976, Pluto, Jupiter, and Earth aligned, increasing the gravitational pull of the two planets and temporarily counteracting Earth’s own gravity. As a result, humans weighed less for several minutes, and were encouraged to jump right at 9:47 to feel like they were floating. Hundreds called in to report feeling the sensation and even floating around the room!

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