When the clock strikes 12 am on April Fool’s Day, some see it as fair game for all things trickery and put their elaborate tricks into action. Some spend the day hiding from any form of trick, prank or possible embarrassment. Which side do you fall into? 

While most pranks are harmless and lighthearted, some individuals and companies have taken the art of foolery to extravagant heights, orchestrating elaborate and costly hoaxes that have left the world stunned. Here are some of the most expensive April Fools’ pranks in history.

The Taco Liberty Bell

In a clever marketing stunt, In 1966, Taco Bell announced that it had purchased the Liberty Bell and would be renaming it the «Taco Liberty Bell.» The fast-food chain took out full-page ads in newspapers across the country, causing a public outcry until it was revealed to be an April Fools’ prank. While the prank didn’t cost Taco Bell any money, it generated over $1 million dollars in sales in the 24 hours following the prank!

The Swiss Spaghetti Harvest April Fool’s day Prank

Perhaps one of the most famous April Fools’ pranks of all time, the BBC aired a segment about a Swiss family harvesting spaghetti from trees back in 1957. The footage showed people plucking strands of spaghetti from trees, claiming that a mild winter had led to an abundant spaghetti crop. Many viewers fell for the hoax, and the BBC received numerous calls from people wanting to know how to grow their own spaghetti trees.

April Fool’s Day: The Most Expensive Pranks Pulled Off

The Left-Handed Whopper

Burger King ran a full-page ad in USA Today announcing the launch of the «Left-Handed Whopper,» specially designed for left-handed customers. The ad described how the condiments were rotated 180 degrees to better suit left-handed eaters. While the prank didn’t cost Burger King any money, it generated widespread media coverage and amused customers. Shoutout to these fast food restaurants for getting creative! 

A TuLotero April Fool’s Day Miracle

While these April Fools’ pranks may have come with hefty price tags or unintended consequences, they serve as a reminder of the creativity and sense of humor that abound on April 1st each year. Many may pull pranks on their loved ones that they have won the lottery, but this April Fool’s day, try to make that a reality! Play official state lottery games from your phone with TuLotero and see if you can create an April Fool’s Day miracle!


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