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April Fools' pranks from around the world: Top 10

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(Read caption) A student walks thorough pink balloons during April Fools' day celebrations, Thursday at Istiklal Avanue in Istanbul. 100,000 pink balloons are released as part of the April Fools' day celebration by the Beyoglu municipality.

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April Fools' day is canceled. Seriously. April Fools' jokes are not happening around the world today, as they have for centuries. The holiday is over.

So, without any April Fools' pranks today, let's remember the best from past years.

Ever hear about the April Fools' prank that Uday pulled on his dad Saddam Hussein? Or how about the time a Boston University professor pranked the entire American media into believing he'd discovered the origins of April Fools' Day? And don't forget how the BBC in 1965 claimed someone had invented of “smellovision,” which allowed TV-viewers to interact with their noses.

IN PICTURES: April Fools' 2010: Around the world

Here’s our list of Top 10 April Fools’ pranks from around the world, much of it inspired by the Museum of Hoaxes website.

10. ENGLAND: 1957: A BBC news show announced Swiss farmers had grown spaghetti, showing footage of peasants pulling spaghetti down from the trees. Viewers believed it, calling into the BBC to ask how they could enjoy their own spaghetti crop. The BBC replied, “place a sprig of spaghetti in a tin of tomato sauce and hope for the best.”


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