A UK teenager secretly painted a penis on top of his house, and was caught over a year later when his parents looked at their house on Google Earth.
On New Years Eve of 1999, Brad Pitt played a prank where he bribed the Mexican Government to cut the power and phone lines of a resort and send in troops to arrest one of his friends on drug charges.
On Jan. 1, 1976 a prankster played a word game with the Hollywood sign. He hung curtains to make it read “Hollyweed.”
On April Fool’s Day, 1976, the BBC convinced many listeners that a special alignment of the planets would temporarily decrease gravity on Earth. Phone lines were flooded with callers who claimed they felt the effects.
Rembrandt’s students pranked him by painting fake coins on the floor to watch him try to pick them up.
In 1957, the BBC aired an April Fools segment showing a family harvesting spaghetti from the family spaghetti tree. When viewers asked how they could grow their own, they were told to place a sprig of spaghetti in a tin of tomato sauce and hope for the best.
While bored during his work with the Manhattan Project, Richard Feynman would amuse himself by picking the locks of his colleges confidential file cabinets and placing prank notes, his colleges believed a spy had infiltrated the project.
People steal garden gnomes, take them traveling, and then return the gnome, with photos, back to the owner.
In 2002, Hooters promised a ‘Toyota’ for the waitress who could sell more beer in a month. She was pranked and instead won a Star Wars figurine (a Toy Yoda). She immediately sued the company and finally won the Toyota of her choice.