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From television revealing that spaghetti grows on trees toadvertisements for the left-handed burger, the tradition of AprilFool's Day stories in the media has a weird and wonderfulhistory。


Here are several of the top ten April Fool's Day pranks everpulled off, as judged by the US website of Museum of Hoaxes fortheir notoriety, absurdity, and number of people duped。


Swiss spaghetti harvest tops the hoax list. In 1957, a BBCtelevision show announced that thanks to a mild winter and thevirtual elimination of the spaghetti weevil, Swiss farmers wereenjoying a bumper spaghetti crop.Footageof Swiss farmers pullingstrands of spaghetti from trees prompted a barrage of calls frompeople wanting to know how to grow their own spaghetti at home。


Instant color TV sets in Sweden comes as the third. Sweden in1962 had only one television channel, which broadcast in black andwhite. The station's technical expert appeared on the news toannounce that thanks to a newly developed technology, viewers couldconvert their existing sets to receive color pictures by pulling anylon stocking over the screen。


US ex-president Nixon's comeback is placed at sixth. In 1992,US National Public Radio announced that Richard Nixon was runningfor president again. His new campaign slogan was, "I didn't doanything wrong, and I won't do it again." They even had clips ofNixon announcing his candidacy. Listeners flooded the show withcalls expressing their outrage. Nixon's voice actually turned outto be that of impersonator Rich Little。


In 1998, a newsletter titled New Mexicans for Science andReason carried an article that the state of Alabama had voted tochange the value of pi from 3.14159 to the "Biblical value" of3.0.


Burger King, an American fast-food chain, published afull-page advertisement in USA Today in 1998 announcing theintroduction of the "Left-Handed Whopper," specially designed forthe 32 million left-handed Americans. According to theadvertisement, the new burger included the same ingredients as theoriginal, but the condiments were rotated 180 degrees. The chainsaid it received thousands of requests for the new burger, as wellas orders for the original "right-handed" version。


Discover Magazine announced in 1995 that a highly respectedbiologist, Aprile Pazzo (Italian for April Fool), had discovered anew species in Antarctica: the hotheaded naked ice borer. Thecreatures were described as having bony plates on their heads thatbecame burning hot, allowing the animals to bore through ice athigh speed。


Noted British astronomer Patrick Moore announced on the radioin 1976 that at 9:47 am, a once-in-a-lifetime astronomical event,in which Pluto would pass behind Jupiter, would cause agravitational alignment that would reduce the Earth's gravity.Moore told listeners that if they jumped in the air at the exactmoment of the planetary alignment, they would experience a floatingsensation. Hundreds of people called in to report feeling thesensation。


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