Best pranks about money for April 1st

  • On 1 April 1896, hundreds of people began crowding near the vault of the New York Sub-Treasury, having believed an unknown person’s prank that, due to the warm weather, the vault’s walls were ‘sweating’ and the silver stored therein was oozing out. Even small sparkling specks on the outer walls were shown as proof although actually those specks were simple mica.
  • Two interesting cases were related to bank robberies. In 1952 in the city of Stellenbosch (RSA), men in masks broke into a bank and, threatening with water pistols, started demanding money. Once they were given the money, the ‘robbers’ dropped it all on the floor and ran away, shouting ‘April Fool’! An event totally contrary to this one took place on 1 April 2009 at the Royal Bank of Scotland, when a man in a mask broke into the Bank, threatening that he had a gun and demanding money. A brave customer at the Bank reacted at this point, coming up peacefully to the robber and saying ‘It’s April the 1st isn’t it mate? It’s April Fool’s Day’. He took the empty bag from the robber, sat down, and continued to quietly read a newspaper. The robber fled the scene and was later detained and sentenced for an attempted robbery.
  • One more story is related to Lithuania, although it took place in the USA. In 1976, Linas Gylys, a Lithuanian-American, noticed that the Continental Illinois Bank had accidentally transferred to him almost USD 5 million. The man did not rush to report the error and waited until 1 April, when he went to the Bank, asking for a cheque to be made out to John H. Perkins. He was detained by the Bank’s officials and interrogated. During the interrogation it turned out that John H. Perkins was the president of the Continental Illinois Bank, and L. Gylys only wanted to return the money.
  • In 1980, the National Bank of Denmark issued a new series of banknotes with birds. The 20 kroner banknote featured two sparrows, one of which was depicted with only one leg visible (this was the artist’s decision). A local newspaper in Roskilde, having noticed this, decided to play a trick and announced on April 1st that the banknotes with a one-legged sparrow were counterfeit, but they could be exchanged for genuine ones. Queues lined up at the banks.
  • The London Times newspaper announced on 1 April 2006 that the banks in Great Britain were installing a new system for credit cards that recognise not a PIN, but rather the person’s voice. Cash registers and ATMs will have microphones installed, and in order to use a card, a line from any song will need to be sung.