April Fool’s Day breeds tomfoolery for famous and familiar folks. On this hilarious holiday and throughout the year, popular people are particularly prone to pranks.
Here are 10 hoaxes performed by or targeting popular figures. None were based on reality, although the pranks were perpetrated.
Adam Lambert tweeted up a storm.
On April 1, 2010, the “American Idol” Season 8 finalist apparently announced he would star in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular and a “Wizard of Oz” remake with Carrie Underwood. The Planet Fierce revelation added that the U.S. Supreme Court had ruled the final “Idol” vote unconstitutional, making Lambert the possible winner.
Lambert is listed in the cast of a 2003 Broadway production of “Wicked,” but the rest of the story was fully fictitious.
Bjork signed as Led Zeppelin’s lead singer.
Icelandic singer Bjork announced plans April 1, 2009, to join Led Zeppelin on tour. Her post said she would replace Robert Plant, who had taken time off to sing with bluegrass’ Allison Krauss. Plant and Krauss did hook up harmonically, but Bjork never climbed the “Stairway to Heaven.”
Britney Spears aged early.
In a flash, the pop princess went from teen idol to 28-year-old Belinda Sue Spearson. The story broke on Wall of Sound after Spears showed up in hot pants and a black push-up on Rolling Stone’s April 15, 1999, cover. After thousands of fans responded, the truth emerged. Spears was just 17.
Coldplay to record album in Boeing 727.
These British rockers announced on April Fool’s Day 2009 that they would don Russian cosmonaut suits to produce their next album in zero gravity aboard an adapted aircraft. Coldplay, of course, was pranking.
Kid Rock bought Tigers’ stadium naming rights.
The rap-rocker issued an April 1, 2009, statement, claiming he purchased rights to rename the Detroit Tigers’ Comerica Park. Kid Rock also suggested he was developing an official Tigers beer with the Michigan Brewing Company. The stadium and suds stories were false.
Loch Ness Monster carcass discovered.
Rumored Loch Ness Monster Nessie has long perplexed paranormal and scientific researchers. On March 31, 1972, Zoologists found a strange body afloat in the Scottish lake. Closer examination revealed the dead creature was a South Atlantic bull elephant seal, dumped as an April Fool’s prank.
Michael Jackson offered to marry Madonna.
Disc jockeys at Los Angeles’ Latino 963 radio station staged an elaborate 2009 April Fool’s hoax. Targeting Madonna, who hoped to adopt again from Malawi, they aired a fake Michael Jackson caller. Impersonating M.J., one DJ claimed he and Madonna would wed. The other DJ, aping Madonna, quipped they could adopt all of Africa.
Nixon ran for reelection.
In 1992, National Public Radio broadcast apparent news of Richard Nixon’s reelection campaign. Nixon was President from 1969 to 1974. The new campaign slogan would read, “I didn’t do anything wrong, and I won’t do it again.” NPR’s “Talk of the Nation” host John Hockenberry spilled the speaker’s identity, celebrity impersonator Rich Little.
Taco Bell went patriotic.
The Liberty Bell cracked folks up in 1996, when Taco Bell said they purchased it from the U.S. Government. The historical treasure would be renamed the Taco Liberty Bell. As perturbed patriots complained, White House press secretary Mike McCurry suggested the Lincoln Memorial would be retitled the Ford Lincoln-Mercury Memorial.
Both monuments remained federal property and unchanged.
Taylor Swift went KISS on Keith Urban.
Joining Keith Urban for a 2009 concert in Missouri, Taylor Swift surprised her fellow country music star onstage. As Urban performed “I Wanna Kiss a Girl,” Swift and her bandmates stormed the stage in KISS costumes and makeup. The prank video became popular on YouTube, where foil-clad chocolate kiss dancers may also be seen.
As April Fool’s Day approaches, celebrities and fans will watch for additional pranks, false rumors, death hoaxes and other tricks.
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