41 Fun Facts You Didn’t Know About April Fool’s Day

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26Sidd Finch

Sidd Finch

As an April Fools’ Day prank, Sports Illustrated fooled the NY Mets' fan base by successfully convincing them the team had signed Sidd Finch, a pitching phenomenon who could throw the ball at 168 mph. He learned the "art of the pitch" in a Tibetan monastery, under the "great poet-saint Lama Milaraspa."

27. On April Fools’ Day 2002, NASA posted a picture that proved the moon was made of cheese including expiration date.

28. UK retailer Gamestation changed their end-user license agreement for April Fools’ Day, 2010. That day, 7500 customers agreed to sell their "immortal soul".

29. The KFC Double Down was originally introduced as an April Fools’ Day joke but was kept on the menu because it had such a positive response.

30. Easter will be on April Fool's Day in 2018

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31Left handed Whooper

Left handed Whooper

April Fools Day in 1998, Burger King took out a full-page ad in USA Today introducing a Whopper designed especially for lefties. The new burger would contain the same ingredients as the original but rotated 180°. Thousands of customers swarmed BK restaurants requesting the "lefty" Whopper.

32. For an April fools prank, Virgin cola announced they had a new technology that would turn their cans blue when they expired. They advised their customers not to buy blue cans. Coincidentally, Pepsi had just released their bright blue can design.

33. On April Fools Day in 1989, billionaire Richard Branson designed a hot air balloon to look like a UFO and hired a dwarf in an E.T. costume to come out and scare whoever was near it when it landed.

34. April 1st, 2010 someone put banners all around New York for the anticipating opening of the first In and Out Burger to open in the East Coast.

35. In 1998 someone pulled an April Fools claiming Alabama had redefined pi to 3.0 to bring it in line with biblical values. Politicians got calls complaining.

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36Bipartisan Rickroll

Bipartisan Rickroll

The Oregon legislature orchestrated a bipartisan Rickroll in their statehouse by inserting lyric snippets into their floor speeches and stitching them together and released the video on YouTube on April Fools Day.

37. 2 DJ's in Florida were fined and suspended on April Fools after telling listeners Dihydrogen Monoxide (H20) was coming out of their taps. This caused Widespread Panic.

38. HTTP status code 418: "I'm a teapot", created as an April Fool's joke, but officially documented by IETF for "networked coffee pots".

39. Since 1957 the BBC have been playing April Fool pranks on their viewers. Their hoax in 2010 was claiming that they had proof that Shakespeare was French.

40. In 1977 The Guardian newspaper produced a 7-page supplement for April Fool's day detailing the discovery of a fictional island called San Serriffe that was in the shape of a colon. Thousands fell for the hoax leading to a tradition of April Fool's stories.

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41Pigasus Award

Pigasus Award

Each year on April Fools Day, James Randi gives an award to expose frauds called the Pigasus Award.

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