April the 1st, we all know what that means… it means you will be checking your car for kippers, checking the toilet seat for cling-film and every chair for a whoopee cushion. You’ll be looking at your back in the mirror to remove any ‘kick me’ signs and you will be extremely cautious of answering any withheld number phone calls you receive… at least until 12 o’clock.
We know that if you are the victim of a prank it isn’t the best but if you catch someone out it is the best feeling ever. So to give you a little inspiration, here are five of our favourite April Fools’ Day pranks from around the world and throughout History.
1. in 1962 a Swedish Television Channel told viewers they could convert their existing black and white TV sets to colour by putting a pair of tights over the screen. The channel showed their Technology expert on the News programme demonstrating how to do it. Thousands were taken in! We’d need some pretty big tights to cover our 70 inch screens though…
2. In 1998 Burger published a full page advert announcing the introduction of the Left Handed Whopper – specifically designed for left handed people. The advertisement said how all the ingredients were rotated 180 degrees for the benefit of lefties. Haha! We just tell our left handed customers to turn their burgers around. Problem solved!
3. In 1957 Panorama announced that thanks to a mild winter and the elimination of the spaghetti weevil, Swiss Farmers were enjoying a bumper spaghetti crop. Footage was shown of farmers pulling strands of spaghetti from trees. Viewers called the BBC asking how they could grow their own spaghetti tree to which the BBC replied ‘place a sprig of spaghetti in a tin of tomato sauce and hope for the best’. We had to check, but apparently spaghetti doesn’t grow on trees at all. Who’d have thought it! Someone has to actually make it with egg and flour… crazy.
4. In 2002 Tesco advertised in the Sun announcing the successful development of genetically modified “Whistling Carrots’ That grew with tapered air-holes in their sides so that when fully cooked the vegetables would whistle! Some customers were up in arms at the genetic modification whilst others thought it was a great idea… now although our vegetables don’t whistle, they do taste pretty good and we think that is a fair compromise.
5. In 1982 the Daily mail said that a local manufacturer had sold 10000 rogue bras that caused a problem to the public at large. The Daily mail said that the support wire in the bra was made from a kind of copper originally designed for use in fire alarms. When the copper came into contact with nylon and body heat, it produced static electricity which was interfering with television and radio broadcasts. British Telecom were taken in and asked all female staff to disclose what bra they were wearing.
So there you have it! The top 5 pranks from The Bowgie Inn, Crantock. If you catch anyone out today, let us know!