Thursday, April 1, 2010

Classic April Fool's hoaxes

Big Ben Goes Digital (1980)
In 1980, the BBC unveiled a gem in its series of excellent April Fool’s Day jokes when it told listeners that Big Ben was going to have its iconic analog clock faces replaced with digital displays. Listeners were aghast. The BBC’s Japanese service took the prank even further, announcing that the hands would be sold to the first four listeners to phone in with a bid. Calls poured in from the gullible, including one from a Japanese sailor in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.

Classic April Fool's Day hoaxes in Daily Beast. Some real gems. Pat Sajak and Alex Trebec switch places.

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