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Top 100 April Fool's day hoaxes

Dog racing on ice? (The Daily Mirror). Nicolas Sarkozy to be stretched? (the Sun - natch). UBS share price soars on news of massive write-downs? (All financial press - the madness of markets).

On April Fool’s day it can sometimes be difficult to distinguish fact from fiction. Nor can you trust newspaper advertising - witness BMW's campaign today promoting Canine Repellent Alloy Protection, an ingenious system of delivering an electric shock to any dog thinking of relieving itself against a BMW wheel.

The online Museum of Hoaxes compiles a list of the top 100 April Fool’s day hoaxes of all time and the top ten worst wheezes.

Neither list include Google’s spoof moon base, Copernicus, which advertised for staff in 2004. Nor is there any mention of the hapless FT religious correspondent who was duped into writing up an entire page about the discovery of a new gospel by an elusive European academic, Batson D Seiling.

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Sriram Natarajan
Sriram Natarajan - Credit Risk Fraud Cards Professional - Gurgaon 01 April, 2008, 13:42Be the first to give this comment the thumbs up 0 likes

Paul, I recommend      http://aprilfoolsdayontheweb.com/

Latest stuff here!

A Finextra member
A Finextra member 01 April, 2008, 16:45Be the first to give this comment the thumbs up 0 likes I've a distinct but ancient memory of a story about Manchester United replacing their pitch with red astroturf. Think it may have been a Piccadilly Radio hoax. And didn't The Guardian once do a spoof Sunday edition? Or did I dream that....
A Finextra member
A Finextra member 02 April, 2008, 10:24Be the first to give this comment the thumbs up 0 likes

And of course Virgle!

 

A Finextra member
A Finextra member 02 April, 2008, 14:50Be the first to give this comment the thumbs up 0 likes

How could you miss the flying penguins!? Absolute Genius.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/page/item/epeng001.shtml?src=ip_mp

Paul Penrose
Paul Penrose - Finextra - London 02 April, 2008, 15:20Be the first to give this comment the thumbs up 0 likes The flying penguins were indeed a master-stroke - more so since it involved a co-ordinated effort between rival media organisation. UK dailies The Telegraph and Daily Mirror also ran stories on the 'discovery', and both papers' Websites featured a trailer fronted by former Monty Python Terry Jones, seemingly on location in the Antarctic.
Andrew Muir
Andrew Muir - SWIFT - 02 April, 2008, 17:47Be the first to give this comment the thumbs up 0 likes

I think it was in 1985 that the London Stock Exchange's TOPIC price  display service showed an interesting gradual price ramp in a stock called Newton & Ridley. By lunchtime, the price had ticked up way above the sector average and the stock was listed as a "feature" - ie a big relative mover. Sensing an opportunity for a quick turn, a number of greedy market professionals were moved to ask their blue-buttons to go and "check price and size" (market-speak at the time for "how much can I buy at the indicated price, and what's the spread?). The blue-buttons had to go back and report that they couldn't find a dealer prepared to quote - nor even one that had ever heard of the stock. I remember this only too well - "I can't find the market, sir" is the worst possible response a blue-button could give to a broker with an order.

Newton & Ridley is the fictional manufacturer of beer sold in the Rovers - the pub in Coronation Street. It existed on screens on the morning of April 1, 1985, and at no other time.

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