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The Funniest April Fools’ Pranks in History!

Some of the best hoaxes of all time!

Beano Team
Last Updated:  April 3rd 2017

April Fools' Day is on the way and we can't wait to try out some pranks!

But sometimes, swapping the sugar for salt and spoiling Dad's breakfast cereal isn't enough. So if you're looking for some new ways to prank your parents, then we've got just the video for you.

And because April Fools' Day has been around for absolutely ages, people have been pranking each other for years so there's plenty of amazing ideas out there.

So if you want to see pasta that grows on trees or birds that fly when they really shouldn't, you're in the right place.

Honestly! We're not trying to prank you... yet!

Check out some of our favourite April Fools' pranks...

Left-handed burgers

In 1998 a well-known fast-food restaurant announced they had started selling left-handed burgers. These were meant to be exactly the same as normal burgers, but the sauce was rotated for people who write left-handed. A lot of people fell for it and tried to order them!


Instant colour TV

On April Fool's Day 1962 a Swedish TV channel played a great prankTheir "technical expert" announced that stretching a stocking over your TV set would turn it from black and white to colourThousands of people all ran about cutting up their stockings and taping them to their TVs... only to discover it was just a joke. Bah!

Floating in midair

In 1976 a famous astronomer claimed that on April Fool's day Jupiter was going to move, which would change gravity on Earth for a short timeHe said that if you jumped at exactly the right moment, you would experience a weird floating feeling. Amazingly, lots of people did it and said they felt it! 

Spaghetti trees

In 1957 the BBC tricked everyone into thinking that spaghetti was grown on trees! They made a news report showing the "spaghetti harvest" in Switzerland and how good weather had led to a bumper crop. Lots of people believed it - and probably felt very silly afterwards!

Digital Big Ben

The BBC played another prank and announced that London's Big Ben was going digital. Also they were selling the clock arms to whoever wanted them. Lots of people believed this one - and the BBC had to apologise! Oops.