The Greatest Fool of All

With March in its final stretch, and April coming right around the corner, there is but one thing plaguing our minds… Who is going to play a joke on me?! For your sake, we of course hope that no one does, but we know that even if you are the victim of some harsh prank, you’ll look back on it someday and laugh.

If you don’t believe us, check out our top 10 list of all-time funniest food-related April Fool’s Day hoaxes, but don’t try these at home!

10. Orange-Bearing Pine Trees:  In 1950, residents of a small town in Southern California strung 50,000 oranges in the trees along a one-mile section of the main highway at night.

9.  Whistling Carrots:  In 2002, Tesco, a British supermarket chain, advertised a genetically modified carrot that would whistle when fully cooked.

8. Water on Mars:  In 2005, NASA posted an official story claiming to have photo evidence of water on Mars… see the photo below.

7. Virgin Cola’s Blue Cans: In 1996, Virgin Cola made the announcement that it had integrated a new technology into its cans, where the can itself would turn bright blue when the cola passed its sell-by date. Virgin warned consumers that they should avoid buying all cans of this color…. The prank was that they timed this announcement to come out right after Pepsi’s own announcement of its own new cans…

6.  Thomas Edison’s Food Machine: In 1878, after Thomas Edison invented the phonograph, Americans believed he could do anything he set his mind to. In fact, they were so gullible, that after the New York Graphic announced that he had invented a machine that could turn soil into cereal and water into wine, newspapers around the country copied the article and praised Edison for his achievement.

5. Shock Top Virtual Sip: In 2011, beer-maker Shock Top announced that it has launched an iPhone app with which people can smell and taste their beer, simply by sniffing or licking the screens of their phones.

4. Taco Liberty Bell: In 1996, Taco Bell announced that it had agreed to purchase the Liberty Bell, in order to help reduce the country’s national debt. Thousands of shocked Americans called Taco Bell’s headquarters to complain. After the fact surfaced that this was all a hoax, Ford Motor Co. announced that it would be refurbishing the Lincoln Memorial, and that it would be changed to the Lincoln Mercury Memorial.

3. Left-Handed Burger: In 1998, Burger King announced in USA Today that it had come out with a new Whopper specifically designed for left-handed customers. The condiments on this new burger were designed to drip out of the right side, so that people eating them would not get their left hands dirty. Not only did customers start ordering these new Whoppers, but some even asked for the “old” right-handed burgers!

2. Starbucks’ New Sizes: In 2010, Starbucks announced that it was introducing two new cup sizes: the Plenta and the Micra. The Plenta was a 128-ounce beverage for caffeine addicts, and the Micra was only 2 ounces, for those who can’t handle too much of it.

1. Spaghetti Trees: In 1957 BBC held a news story depicting a family in Southern Switzerland harvesting spaghetti from their very own spaghetti tree. Many viewers called the station, asking how to grow their own spaghetti trees, to which BBC replied, “Place a sprig of spaghetti in a tin of tomato sauce and hope for the best”.

Got a hilarious April Fool’s prank of your own? Leave a comment below and tell us all about it (but please, keep it clean)!




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2 Comments on “The Greatest Fool of All”

  1. UA March 31, 2011 at 7:57 am #

    Hi Zach,

    Thank you! That would be great. You can share this post by copying this link and pasting it to your Facebook status or wall.


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