Taco Liberty Bell

liberty bellMy favorite April Fool’s joke of all time was brought to you by Taco Bell. In 1996, they ran the ad below in 6 major newspapers across the country announcing that they had purchased the Liberty Bell.

Taco Bell Buys The Liberty Bell
In an effort to help the national debt, Taco Bell is pleased to announce that we have agreed to purchase the Liberty Bell, one of our country’s most historic treasures.

It will now be called the ”Taco Liberty Bell” and will still be accessible to the American public for viewing. While some may find this controversial, we hope our move will prompt other corporations to take similar action to do their part to reduce the country’s debt.

Liberty Bell Hoax

What was so great about this prank is that it was almost believable. News of the sale spread all over, thousands of people were calling to complain, and no one put the whole thing together. By about noon, Taco Bell let the cat out of the bag… it was a prank. With that the media went nuts… they loved it, everyone loved it, and Taco Bell goes down as the king of the corporate prank.
What about you? What was your favorite April Fools prank?


2 responses to “Taco Liberty Bell”

  1. […] On this day in Mexico (December 28), you are not to lend anyone money because they will just take it, and you are considered the fool. They also play pranks on each other like Americans do on April 1. Also, the newspapers and media outlets publish stories that are not true, just like the do in the United States. […]

  2. Paula StuphClothing Avatar

    Ok, so today I was pretty impressed with Google Motion… it had me convinced, and just for kicks I wanted to see if I could download any other movements for a fun little video I thought about doing with the movements… I actually belly laughed OUTLOUD in the office when it came up that it was an April Fool’s joke!

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