"In 1698, it was advertised that the Tower of London was going to "wash the lions" which caused scores of people to show up on April 1st to see the spectacle which didn't happen.
2. Constantine's King For A Day Joke
"A Boston University Professor in 1983 convinced the press that Constantine, when he ruled the Roman Empire, allowed a group of jesters to make one of their own a king for a day."
3. Spaghetti Tree
4. John Partridge Death Hoax
Weiner said: "Satirist Jonathan Swift predicted the death of one of his rivals John Partridge, who Swift regarded as a fraud (for publishing false information in almanacs).
"In 1749 London, it was advertised at an upcoming show that a man would squeeze into a bottle. The show filled up, but no one was there to entertain and the audience rioted.
6. The Masked Marauders
7. Taco Bell's Liberty Bell Take Over Prank
"In 1996, Taco Bell announced that it had bought the Liberty Bell to help with the U.S. national debt.
"1980 saw the British Broadcasting Corporation announce the clock on London's iconic Elizabeth Tower, better known as Big Ben, would be going digital.
9. President Richard Nixon Runs For Office (Again)
"And in 1992, NPR ran a spot announcing former President Richard Nixon was running again for office."