April fool’s Day is an informal holiday celebrated each year on the 1st of April. Although it is not a national holiday, it is widely recognised and celebrated in many countries as a day for practical jokes & media hoaxes.
Traditionally in the UK, the joking ceases at midday and any person playing a joke after midday is an ‘April’s fool’ themselves.
Our favourite April fool’s are...
Spaghetti Tree’s - The spaghetti-tree hoax was a three-minute hoax report broadcast on April Fools' Day 1957 by the BBC current-affairs programme Panorama, purportedly showing a family in southern Switzerland harvesting spaghetti from the family "spaghetti tree". At the time spaghetti was relatively little-known in the UK, so that many Britons were unaware that spaghetti is made from wheat flour and water; a number of viewers afterwards contacted the BBC for advice on growing their own spaghetti trees. Decades later CNN called this broadcast "the biggest hoax that any reputable news establishment ever pulled."
Flying Penguin’s - Flying penguins or Miracles of Evolution is a BBC film trailer made in 2008 as an April Fools' Day hoax. The film was advertised as compelling evidence for Charles Darwin's theory of evolution. It was largely set on King George Island which is 75 miles from Antarctica.
The Daily Telegraph wrote that the film was "an instant classic. It is accomplished work of this kind that guarantees the BBC its unique status."
The BBC website still claims that it may attempt to film the flying penguins again because the original film did not explain how such small birds that are not used to flying, could survive long migrations over vast, stormy oceans. Miracles of Evolution was filmed with animated penguins for the occasion of April Fools' Day, and to promote the BBC iPlayer.
Square Egg’s – ITV’s Daybreak presenters tried to fool the nation this morning with an interview from a Freedom Food Farm which has become the first in the world to rear chickens that can lay square eggs. While the shape makes it convenient for eating, it also means making egg sarnies has become even simpler.
Have you been fooled today? Send in your best April fool’s pranks to firstname.lastname@example.org !
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