1. In 1933, a story was reported in the Madison Capital-Times that the Wisconsin Capitol had been destroyed by a number of explosions. The newspaper fooled the readers by including the pictures showing the collapsed building.


In 1949, a New Zealand deejay for radio station 1ZB warned the listeners that a mile-wide swarm of wasps was heading towards Auckland. He advised the people to protect themselves by wearing their socks over their trousers before stepping out. Hundreds of people followed his advice.

On April 1, 1957 BBC news show ‘Panorama’ broadcasted a documentary spoof that showed Swiss people growing spaghetti on trees. People then got fooled and many of them even tried calling in to find out how they could grow their own spaghetti trees.


In 1962, Sweden had only one TV channel, which broadcasted in black and white. The station's technical expert appeared on the news to announce a recently developed technology that would allow viewers to easily convert their existing sets to display color reception. All they had to do was pull a nylon stocking over the screen, and they would begin to see their favorite shows in color. Reportedly, hundreds of thousands of people tried the conversion process.


In 1976, a British astronomer announced on BBC Radio 2 that at 9:47 am planet Pluto would pass behind Jupiter, which would allow listeners to float in the air if they jumped at that exact moment. Same day, BBC2 received hundreds of phone calls from people claiming to have felt the floating sensation.

6. In 1982, the Connecticut Gazette and Connecticut Compass, a pair of weekly newspapers, announced they were being purchased by Tass, the official news agency of the Soviet Union. Their front pages stated this was "the first expansion of the Soviet media giant outside of the Iron Curtain." Readers were fooled, with one caller informing them that he had always suspected them of harboring communist tendencies.

7. In 1993, a deejay at KGB-FM in San Diego announced that the space shuttle Discovery had been diverted from Edwards Air Force Base and soon would land at Montgomery Field, a small airport in a residential area. Thousands of commuters immediately headed to the landing site, which caused huge traffic jams that lasted for almost an hour.

8. In 1998, Burger King published a full-page ad in USA Today announcing the introduction of a menu item - a Left-Handed Whopper, uniquely designed with all the condiments rotated 180 degrees. Thousands of customers went to BK to request the new sandwich.


9. In 1996, Taco Bell announced that it had bought the Liberty Bell from the federal government so it could be renamed the Taco Liberty Bell. Hundreds of outraged citizens took to streets in Philadelphia to express their anger.




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