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The 10 Greatest April Fools Pranks Ever Played On The Public

Updated November 6, 2017 1.1k votes 360 voters 331.3k views10 items

These April Fools' Day pranks weren't just played on a roommate or girlfriend. These pranks were played on entire nations, states and communities. That's what makes them epic. This list has the first recorded internet prank and many expensive corporate pranks from across the globe.

Sure, it's fun to prank your best friend, but entire nations? That takes some doing. Whether it's a billionaire like Richard Branson, a local government, or a fast food chain, these pranks were all carried out by large organizations... and one newspaper factory worker in the early 1900's.

What's your favorite April Fools' Day prank? Which of the pranks on this list do you think was the most elaborate and awesome? Vote up the practical joke you were most impressed by below.
  • 1

    Left-Handed Hamburgers

    In 1998, Burger King acknowledged the 32 million left-handed Americans by taking out a full page ad in USA Today introducing the "Left-Handed Whopper." 

    All the ingredients would be the same as the original but rotated 180 degrees. Thousands of people swarmed Burger King to try the new burger and praised its better taste. Thousands also requested the original Right-Handed Whopper.

    The next day Burger King issued a press release revealing the ad as a prank. Sometimes, America makes us sad.
    Is this a great prank?
  • 2

    Ban Water

    The city of Aliso Viejo, California was preparing to ban foam cups because of a dangerous chemical called dihydrogen monoxide.

    A city employee received an email warning him, and the city, of the dangers of dihydrogen monoxide and passed it along without even googling or wikipedia'ing the compound.

    Before holding a vote, it came to the city officials' attention that dihydrogen monoxide is the scientific term for water. Apparently there are no chemistry classes in Aliso Viejo.

    Consider Aliso Viejo pranked. Hard.
    Is this a great prank?
  • April 1st, 1996. A full-page ad was published in the New York Times, USA Today, Washington Post and 3 other major newspapers celebrating the sale of the historic Liberty Bell.

    To help alleviate the mounting U.S. national debt, Taco Bell "bought" the Liberty Bell and would be renaming it the Taco Liberty Bell. It would be moved to the Taco Bell headquarters in Irvine, CA where it would be made available for public viewing.

    Thousands of shocked citizens inundated Taco Bell and the National Park Service with phone calls.

    It was then revealed that Taco Bell had played a nation-wide April Fools' prank resulting in 1.1 million dollars in increased sales over the next 2 days for their restaurants.
    Is this a great prank?

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  • 4

    Half Price Newspapers

    On April 1st, 1915, The Boston Morning Globe slashed its price in half. The newspaper staff was just as surprised as its readers by this drastic change when it showed up on newsstands.

    Apparently, a production worker had changed the value on the paper immediately before it went to print. No one noticed the change until after the papers were in newsstands and over 60,000 copies were sold.
    Is this a great prank?