April Fools Day Trivia and Answers

April fools day is the day that anything can happen. And it has not been few pranks that have happened on that day. History is as full of fools as there have been April firsts. Come and get tested by our entertaining trivia about this special day without getting fooled!

Medium

On 1 April 1996, American restaurant chain Taco Bell tricked outsiders into believing it had purchased which historical monument?

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Answer: The Liberty Bell
More information: On April Fool's Day 1996, Taco Bell put out a full-page advertisement in a number of leading newspapers to announce they had purchased the Liberty Bell (in name of reducing the nation's debt) and renamed it the "Taco Liberty Bell".

Hard

In old world Europe, which holiday used to be celebrated on 1 April?

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Answer: New Year's Day
More information: It wasn't until Pope Gregory XIII ordered the implementation of the Gregorian Calendar in 1582 that many European switched New Year's Day from 1 April to 1 January, and even then it still took some places, like England, a while to adapt.

Hard

Which former dictator's son was known as an infamous prankster?

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Answer: Saddam Hussein
More information: Uday Hussein (1964 - 2003), the eldest child of Saddam, perpetrated a couple of tasteless jokes on the people of Iraq in 1998 and 1998, respectively concerning US sanctions and food rations.

Medium

Traditionally, at what time of the day on April Fool's Day is all joking to cease?

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Answer: 12:00 PM
More information: All joking and hoaxing are to stop by 12:00 pm on 1 April. If not, in some countries the person pulling the prank is rather seen as a fool than the person tricked by it.

Hard

Which media network once aired an April Fool's Day host centered on make-believe 'spaghetti plants"?

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Answer: BBC
More information: This was done by the BBC in 1957, which they had to later recant the tale of plants that grow spaghetti due to the large amount of people who believed the hoax.

VeryHard

In which of Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales is there a disputed reference to April Fool's Day?

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Answer: "The Nun's Priest's Tale"
More information: In the "Nun Priest's Tale", there is a reference to "32 March", which of course doesn't exist and by inference would be 1 April. However, there is a debate as to whether it was actually written so, or if that phrase is a mistranslation.

VeryHard

In 1986, an intelligence officer from which nation was imprisoned due to an April Fool's Day prank?

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Answer: Israel
More information: The fake report by an Israeli intelligence officer that an assassination had been attempted on a prominent Muslim leader was initially taken seriously by the Israeli parliament and media before learning it was a hoax. This act resulted in said officer being interned for 35 days.

VeryHard

Which technological innovation was once famously believed to be an April Fool's Day prank?

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Answer: Gmail
More information: Gmail was launched on 1 April 2004. At that time, many people thought it was a hoax for a webmail service to offer a whole gigabyte of free storage.

Hard

In what country was April Fool's Day formerly known as Huntigowk Day?

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Answer: Scotland
More information: Huntigowk or "Hunt the Gowk", with gowk referring to a foolish person, is how April Fool's Day was formerly referred to in Scotland.

Hard

In years past there have been April Fool's Day hoaxes set in the Tower of London, inviting outsiders to witness which type of ceremony?

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Answer: Lion Washing
More information: A well-known historical gag involving the Tower of London featured outsiders being invited within to witness the washing of lions.



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