The Museum of Hoaxes
hoax archive hoax archive hoax archive hoax archive hoax archive
Actress who claimed she was kidnapped by puritans, 1950
Burger King's Left-Handed Whopper Hoax, 1998
Fake Fish Photos
Man flies by own lung power, 1934
BMW's April Fool's Day Hoaxes
The most sacred relic: the Holy Foreskin, circa 800 AD
Dog wins art contest, 1974
Pierre Brassau, Monkey Artist, 1964
The Instant Color TV Hoax, 1962
The Stone-Age Tasaday Hoax, 1971
Big Ben Goes Digital (Again)
Status: Prank
Recently Big Ben's chimes have been silenced as repairs are made to it. Apparently this has inspired policemen at Westminster to revive the BBC's 1980 April Fool's Day joke. The BBC Reports:
Policemen at the Palace of Westminster are notorious for their mischievous sense of humour when it comes to dealing with tourists. For example, they once nominated a camera-shy constable as the "official" PC to be photographed by visitors eager to be snapped with a British bobby. But the latest wheeze takes the biscuit. Apparently when tourists ask why Big Ben has been silenced for work on the famous bell, they are told: "Because it's going digital."
(Thanks to Andrew Nixon for the link)
Categories: April Fools Day, Pranks
Posted by The Curator on Wed Jul 05, 2006
Comments (6)
I walked past Big Ben on the 4th of July at 10pm, bell seemed as loud and normal as ever to me.
Posted by shaqua  on  Thu Jul 06, 2006  at  12:49 PM
It's actually a very good mp3 recording of Big Ben. Only people under 30 are supposed to be able to hear it.
Posted by Owen  on  Thu Jul 06, 2006  at  05:16 PM
ah, a new terroist initiative to drive away all those under thirty hoodie wearing youths no doubt. (and lawyers)
Posted by Shaqua  on  Thu Jul 06, 2006  at  08:22 PM
Please to say the bells are back to work now.

All together now... ding-dong ding-dong, ding-dong ding-dong dingdong.

PS. While the bells were not working BBC Radio 4 replaced the bells, which heralded the 6 o'clock news, with recordings of bird song.

The Ruddy Duck makes a sound that people took for a hoax. It is a strange whiring noise which I cannot describe better.
Posted by Peter  in  Britain  on  Thu Jul 06, 2006  at  08:50 PM
I really enjoyed the birdsong. It was a nice bit of calm and tranquillity whilst stuck in traffic.
Posted by Madmouse  in  Edinburgh  on  Fri Jul 07, 2006  at  04:10 PM
Due to unforeseen technical problems, the BBC regrets to announce that, as from tomorrow, it will be broadcasting the chimes of Big Ben to south-east Asian listeners in black-and-white only.
Posted by Graham  in  Taiwan  on  Thu Dec 25, 2008  at  01:30 AM
Commenting is no longer available for this post.
All text Copyright © 2014 by Alex Boese, except where otherwise indicated. All rights reserved.