21-25 April Fools Day Facts

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21. Comedian Mitch Hedberg’s death was announced on April Fools Day, 2005, leading many to believe it was a hoax. – Source

22. In 2013, former Google China Chief Kai-fu-Lee posted an April Fools prank that said people in China can get onto Facebook and Twitter, both were long blocked by Internet censorship. When users clicked on the image, text read “I’m in Tapei I’m in Taipei I’m in Taipei, Happy April Fools Day!” – Source

23. An April Fools Day joke standards proposal to send IP traffic by carrier pigeon was later successfully implemented. – Source

24. The first reference to April Fools day was in Chaucer’s “The Canterbury Tales”, dating back to 1392. – Source

25. April Fools Day lasts until 12 noon in the UK, after which, the person who plays the joke then becomes the fool. – Source

26-30 April Fools Day Facts

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26. Rube Waddell, one of the greatest pitchers to live, was known to leave in the middle of games to chase fire trucks, change into his uniform without underwear while walking across the field, and passed on April Fools Day. – Source

27. Google once actually lost a python in their offices on April Fools Day. – Source

28. BBC Radio broadcasted an April Fools Day hoax in 1973 about Dutch Elm Disease infecting redheads due to the similarity between their blood count and the soil conditions suitable for the plant disease. Therefore, redheads were advised to stay away from forests for the foreseeable future. – Source

30. April Fools Day on the set of the movie “Waiting…” Director Rob McKittrick and actor Luis Guzman staged a fight that was so realistic it made the entire crew uncomfortable. – Source

31-35 April Fools Day Facts


31. On April Fools Day in France, a common prank is to place a paper fish on the back of an unsuspecting person. When the paper fish is discovered, the victim is declared a “Poisson d’Avril” or “the April Fish.” – Source

32. In 2001 on April Fools Day an American intelligence aircraft crashed into a Chinese fighter over Chinese territory, sparking a huge international incident. The Chinese pilot’s name was Lt. Cdr. Wang Wei (That’s pronounced Wong Way). – Source

33. The big bang theory in physics was first published on April Fools Day and the principal authors included co-author Bethe so their theory would be known as by Alpher, Bethe, and Gamow (like alpha, beta, gamma). – Source

34. An HTTP extension, the Hyper Text Coffee Pot Control Protocol (HTCPCP) for diagnosing and controlling coffee pots, was written as an April Fools Day joke. It includes the error message “418: I’m a teapot.” – Source

35. An Aussie tiler lived in a cave in the Himalayas for 44 days eating only d*ck Smiths peanut butter. d*ck Smith had placed an ad in the local paper as an April Fools Day joke looking for volunteers, hoping to gain interest and allow him to promote his products, but he had 30 applicants instead. – Source

36-40 April Fools Day Facts

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36. The Gremlin, considered one of the worst cars ever built, was first introduced on April 1st, i.e. April Fools Day. – Source

37. On April 1, 2011, an April Fools Day joke from Google Enterprise said that Contoso (Microsoft’s fictional company) abandoned many of Microsoft’s technologies in favor of Google Apps. – Source

38. Bacon ice cream was originally created as an April Fools Day joke but then went on to become one of Heston Blumenthal’s signature dishes. – Source

39. Google’s very first April Fools Day hoax inserted into their search engine, the MentalPlex hoax, invited users to project a mental image of what they wanted to find whilst staring at an animated gif. – Source

40. On April 1, 1993, a San Diego deejay told listeners that the space shuttle had been diverted from Edwards Air Force Base and was to land at Montgomery Field in San Diego. Over 1000 listeners showed up at Montgomery Field to watch the April Fools Day landing. – Source

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Last Update: March 28, 2017