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10 April Fools' pranks that went very, very wrong.

10 April Fools' Pranks That Went Very Wrong
April Fools' Day, the day prank lovers everywhere come out to show the best they've got, and the day the rest of us are reminded how not amusing most of those shenanigans end up being.

10. The Taco Liberty Bell, 1996. People love tacos and the Liberty Bell, but apparently not together. When the fast food chain announced via full-page newspaper ads that they'd purchased and renamed the national icon, a whole lot of protesting ensued. Taco Bell went public with their prank later in the day.

9. Playboy Romania's wife beating instructions, 2000. The article that ran was titled "How to Beat Your Wife Without Leaving Marks" and written as if it had been penned by a police officer. The magazine's deputy editor initially defended the piece. Playboy Enterprises soon stepped in and issued an international apology.

8. Hooters' Toyota contest, 2001. A waitress who was told she'd win a Toyota if she sold the most beer was instead given a toy Yoda doll. She sued the restaurant and, according to her lawyer, got an undisclosed settlement that would enable her to "pick out whatever type of Toyota she wants."

7. Murdered husband, 2013. A Tennessee woman called her sister in a panic and said, "Helen, I shot my husband, I'm cleaning up the mess, let's go bury him in Blackwater." Instead of rushing over with a shovel, Helen told another family member who in turn called the police. The prankster was taken into custody.

6. Athens Pollution Disaster, 1982. A broadcaster for the Greece's National Radio Network called for a full evacuation of the center of Athens due to the high pollution levels. Chaos and 6-figure lawsuits followed.

5. Superglued Walmart toilet seat, 2011. In a prank attempt that had no chance of being funny, somebody put superglue on a toilet seat in a Walmart public restroom. The unfortunate victim required the assistance of several emergency crews and medical professionals.

4. Dihydrogen monoxide scare, 2013. Two morning radio show hosts announced that area residents had dihydrogen monoxide coming out of their faucets. While those who took a moment to Google the term learned that it meant water, most didn't and soon the local utilities were flooded with panicked calls. The duo was quickly removed from the air, but put back on 2 days later.

3. Romanian Prison Release, 2000. After reading a piece in a newspaper, 60 people thought their friends and loved ones were getting out of prison. They arrived, only to be told, 'April Fools'.

2. Racially offensive office prank. Somehow, a group of grown professionals thought it would be hilarious draw one of their coworkers as a drug-addicted monkey and they post it for all to see.

1. Erupting Hill in Boston, 1980. With some clever edits, broadcasters from a local television station were able to convince people that a hill was erupting like a volcano. The April Fools part of their prank didn't come until the end of the segment. It was too late, as viewers had already started to react as if it were real.

What's the biggest April Fools prank fail you've ever heard of?

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Fran Bishop April 01 2014 at 9:51 AM

Why do people overreact about everything. If you have any degree of intelligence research what you hear especially on the super prank day of the year.

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Donna April 01 2014 at 8:26 AM

That stupid prank AOL pulled that had something to do with Jupiter? Can't remember if it was supposed to have been hit by an asteroid or what, but they did it back in the days before AOL became unlimited. People were running up their bills by researching it, and there were tons of users who were MAD about it! I see they conveniently left that one out of their story!

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Preston April 01 2014 at 8:42 AM

I told my secretary several years ago, when she arrived for work, that due to unforeseen expenses, we were forced to close down. Her face turned white and she seemed short of breath. I still haven't lived that one down.

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rogerwilcoaka April 01 2014 at 8:46 AM

Old college trick... put a couple blue RIT dye tablets in the shower head = Instant Smurf...

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stephanietlatelpa rogerwilcoaka April 01 2014 at 8:58 AM

lol i want one jkjk

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George April 01 2014 at 11:35 AM

some years agbbc announced that BIG BEN was going to be converted into a digital clock . there was quite an uproar.

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ibeyour1 George April 01 2014 at 1:40 PM

good one, except Big Ben s a bell not a clock.

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Frank ibeyour1 April 01 2014 at 9:12 PM

Big Ben is the bell of the clock in Elizabeth Tower and often the clock is also refered to as Big Ben.

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vwmeow April 01 2014 at 8:56 AM

Several years ago a local radio station announced that our state was banning people from smoking in their cars-the station was flooded with calls from irate smokers!

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Charlie April 01 2014 at 4:52 PM

The Spaghetti tree harvest in Italy filmed and shown in movie houses and TV back in the early 50's. It had beautiful women with baskets picking Spaghetti hanging from trees and putting the Spaghetti in baskets. The then were filmed laying the spaghetti out to dry in the sun. That film was done as a
straight travelog and ran for about 10 minutes.

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Charlie Charlie April 01 2014 at 5:03 PM

Sorry, but some of what I posted was wrong. It was produced by the BBC and ran for 3 minutes on April 1, 1957. But it did later show up at the movies and local TV.

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bmwrjw Charlie April 01 2014 at 5:46 PM

I saw it and it was amazing. It made me stop for a second and remind myself it was not true. Very well done tongue in cheek joke.

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tntgymclip April 01 2014 at 11:18 AM

A morning radio show in Birmingham Alabama told their listeners that BellSouth was cleaning all the telephone lines and all listeners should put plastic bags over thier phone recievers to prevent dust from being spread all over thier house.

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FIESTA & SIESTA tntgymclip April 01 2014 at 11:25 AM

hahahaha - that is too funny and would probably work today!

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flysalot2 FIESTA & SIESTA April 01 2014 at 11:53 AM

Obama voters would buy that. Oh hell, they would buy anything.

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slaghtrstyle April 01 2014 at 10:19 AM

Worked with a really stupid girl who thought it would be "funny" to quit her job on April fools day. She went in and told the boss she was quitting because a job that required her to think. She came back from the boss's office and an hour later HR came over with security to escort her out of the office. In that hour HR had also posted her job as open. It took 2 days to sort out her joke.

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ibeyour1 slaghtrstyle April 01 2014 at 2:35 PM

never prank the one that signs your check or prepares your food.

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jsim6974 April 01 2014 at 3:20 PM

Toilet seat prank was a hoax. Lady glued self to seat and claimed she was a April Fool victim.

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jtbradtke jsim6974 April 01 2014 at 3:48 PM

Man in Maryland 4/1/11 at Walmart was the victim of this prank. Wasn't a hoax. Google man glued to toilet seat.

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