April Fools’ Day, sometimes called All Fools’ Day, is one of the most light-hearted days of the year. Its origins are uncertain. Some see it as a celebration related to the turn of the seasons, while others believe it stems from the adoption of a new calendar.
This is also a day many use to play hoaxes and pranks on others. A few of these pranks that confused and riled up those who were gullible enough to believe them can be found on the internet.
One such story revolved around the fast food chain Taco Bell. On April 1, 1996 a full page ad appeared in six major American newspapers (The Philadelphia Inquirer, New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Dallas Morning News, and USA Today) announcing that the fast food chain Taco Bell had purchased the Liberty Bell. The full text of the ad read:
“Taco Bell Buys the Liberty Bell”
“In an effort to help the national debt, Taco Bell is pleased to announce that we have agreed to purchase the Liberty Bell, one of our country’s most historic treasures. It will now be called the “Taco Liberty Bell” and will still be accessible to the American public for viewing. While some may find this controversial, we hope our move will prompt other corporations to take similar action to do their part to reduce the country’s debt.”
Another soon to be famous April Fool’s announcement was made by our Aussie friend David Musgrave. Always the character, David actually got some people to believe that GP 2013 would be going back to ctree as the primary database. The full April Fool’s blogpost is located here.
Hope you had fun with it 🙂