April Fool's Day

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April Fool's Day is the first day of April and is known for practical jokes. The custom is believed to have originated in France in 1564 when New Year's Day was changed from April 1st to January 1st. Those continuing to observe April 1st were ridiculed.

Well Known April Fool's Pranks

  • Taco Bell issuing a press release claiming the purchase of the Liberty Bell from the United States Government. The release also stated that National Landmark would be renamed the Taco Liberty Bell [1]
  • The BBC "Panorama" documentary about the "Swiss Spaghetti Harvest", including discussion of the Spaghetti Weevil [2]


  • The New American Desk Encyclopedia, Penguin Group, 1989

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