Top 10 April Fools stunts

1.) Big Ben to go digital
In 1980 it was claimed the famous face of Big Ben was to be replaced with a digital display. Hundreds of angry Brits contacted the BBC to complain.

2.) Spaghetti Harvest
In 1957 BBC news show Panarama told viewers that because of a warm winter farmers in Switzerland were seeing a bumper spaghetti crop. Footage showed the farmers pulling spaghetti from trees. (Watch Clip)

3.) The left-handed burger
In 1998 Burger King took out adverts in major press launching their new "Left Handed Whopper" which they said had been specially designed for the 32 million left-handed Americans by rotating all the ingredients 180 degrees.
4.) Eifell Tower to move
In 1986 French people were amazed to see reports in the Parisien that the Eiffel Tower was set to be dismantled and moved to Euro Disney.

5.) The Sydney Iceberg

In 1978 a millionaire businessman said he had towed an iceberg from Antartica and was going to sell it as ice cubes - when people gathered to see it arrive in Sydney harbor they found it was made from shaving foam.

6.) Drink Driving on the internet
In 1994 PC Computing magazine said that is was due to become law that people should not use the internet while drunk.

7.) Tesco Whistling Carrots
In 2002 Tesco supermarkets took out advertising in national newspapers for genetically modified 'whistling carrots.' When fully cooked, it said, airholes caused the vegetable to whistle.

8.) UFO in London
In 1989 Virgin boss Richard Branson flew a hot air balloon - specially designed to look like a UFO - over the centre of London. Thousands of motorists pulled over to watch it go by.

9.) Weather Machine
In 1981 the Guardian newspaper reported that scientists had developed a machine which could control the weather. They also promised snow every Christmas from then on.

10.) Guinness to sponsor GMT

In 1998 Guinness announced that they would become the official sponsor of GMT. The traditional timing pip, they said, would now be replaced with pint drips.
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