utorok 5. augusta 2014

Top 100 April Fool's Day Hoaxes of All Time

As judged by notoriety, creativity, and number of people duped.

Instant Color TV

In 1962 there was only one tv channel in Sweden, and it broadcast in black and white. But on 1 April 1962, the station's technical expert, Kjell Stensson, appeared on the news to announce that, thank 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.

Read more about this hoax on this webpage: www.museumofhoaxes.com

San Serriffe

On April 1, 1977 the British newspaper The Guardian published a seven-page “special report” about San Serriffe, a small republic located in the Indian Ocean consisting of several semi-colon-shaped islands. A series of articles described the geography and culture of this obscure nation. Its two main islands were named Upper Caisse and Lower Caisse. Its capital was Bodoni, and its leader was General Pica. The Guardian's phones rang all day as readers souht more information about the idyllic holiday spot. Only a few noticed that everything about the island was named after printer's terminology. The success of this hoax is widely credited with launching the enthusiasm for April Foolery that gripped the British tabloids in subsequent decades.

Read more about this hoax on this webpage: www.museumofhoaxes.com

The Left-Handed Whoopper

Burger King published a full page advertisement in the April 1st edition of USA Today announcing the introduction of a new item to their menu: a "Left-Handed Whooper" specially designed for the 32 million left-handed Americans. According to the advertisement, the new whooper included the same ingredients as the original Whooper (lettuce, tomato, hamburger patty, etc.), but all the condiments were rotated 180 degrees for the benefit of their left-handed customers. The following day Burger King issued a follow-up release revealing that although the Left-handed whooper was a hoax, thousands of customers had gone into restaurants to request the new sandwich. Simultaneously, according to the press release, " many others requested their own 'right handed' version."

Read more about this hoax on this webpage: www.museumofhoaxes.com

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