And yet, people still continue the hilarious tradition. 

Today is April 1st, also known as April Fools Day. The day when we all (and I include myself) play pranks on pretty much everyone we can.

I found these four pretty funny (in a messed up way) stories that kinda got out of hand.

PAUL IS DEAD

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We all know and love the great Sir Paul McCartney. Back in the late 60s, pretty much every lyric, inch of cover art and other hints were spread in where the 3-surviging Beatles, John, Ringo and George were confirming that McCartney was in fact dead ... blown his mind out in a car.

The first person to discover the "clues" was a writer for a student paper in Iowa (1969). He discovered that this 'event' had occurred 3 years earlier and was being kept a secret, unfortunately somehow it leaked out. Crazy how John Lennons lyrics "cranberry sauce" in Strawberry Fields Forever did not say "I buried Paul".

JACK WHITE AND MEG WHITE

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Funny how Jack White spent years convincing everyone that he and his drummer Meg White were brother and sister. When in fact, they were EX-Husband and Wife. After a while the press produced a Marriage Certificate (1996) and a Divorce Certificate (2000).

Funny how you try and convince people that you are brother and sister ... then people discover you were actually married once. Makes people think you were married to your sister ... euw.

THE MASHED MARAUDERS

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We all know Bob Dylan, Mick Jagger, John Lennon and Paul McCartney ... they were utterly famous back in the day ... as they are insanely famous now.

A hoax was established fall of 69'. Rolling Stone ran a fictional review of a fictional album of a fictional band (something tells me they weren't real) and possibly George Harrison as well. This was written by rock critic Greil Marcus.

Not only fans fell for it, but also some of the musicians business associates as well.  They were a bit too angry thinking that their clients were recording and releasing secret projects while under contract.

That's not all ... Marcus had to go a little further with this as he hired musicians to actually record an album imitating Dylan, Jagger, Lennon and McCartney.

Check out this video of the song: "I Can't Get No Nookie" by the supposed Mashed Marauders.

NIN

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This is actually Nine Inch Nails front man Trent Reznor's own April Fools joke.

The joke: "NIN makes all star record with Timbaland, Chris Martin and Sheryl Crow. Anyone who had been followed his then recent (in 2010) snide remarks about Chris Cornell making an album with Timbaland immediately got it when the NIN mastermind announced that the group was about to release Strobe Light, which would include the Bono/Jay-Z/Chris Martin collaboration "Everybody's Doing It."

 

These are funny stories ... now. Am sure in their time they were too ... a little.