April 1, 2005: Maynard Keenan of the band, Tool, announced
as an April Fool's joketo the shock of many of his fans and
friendsthat he had "found Jesus" and would be abandoning
the recording of the new Tool album temporarily and possibly permanently.
Kurt Loder of MTV contacted Keenan via email to ask for a confirmation
and received a very nonchalant confirmation. When Loder asked again,
Keenan's response was simply "heh heh."
April 1, 1999: The Wall of Sound music website reported that
Britney Spears was actually eleven years older than popularly believed,
making her 28 instead of 17. The revelation followed on the heels
of a controversial cover for Rolling Stone which had shown the young
Spears in a seductive pose. The Wall of Sound's report included
many specific details. For instance, it alleged that Spears was
actually born Belinda Sue Spearson in West Baton Rouge on August
7, 1970, and that she had attended Robert E. Lee High School. Former
classmates were said to be willing to confirm Spears' true age.
The hoax prompted hundreds of people to call Spears' record label
inquiring about her age.