April Fool's Day
The only tartan designed as a "joke," this tartan textile prank is worthy of April Fool's Day, a day celebrated in some form, certainly since the middle ages. Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales (1392) contains the first recorded association between April 1st and foolishness.
According to the official register: Jamie Scarlett MBE claims that Dr. Micheil MacDonald thought this one up as a joke. Other notes say it was designed by Jack Dalgety as a joke on Bill Johnston of the US.
"MacHinery" is in fact a spelling variant of 'machinery'.
The custom of setting aside a day for the playing of harmless pranks upon one's neighbor is recognized everywhere.
In modern times, people have gone to great lengths to create elaborate April Fools’ Day hoaxes. Newspapers, radio and TV stations and Web sites have participated in the April 1 tradition of reporting outrageous fictional claims that have fooled their audiences. In 1957, the BBC reported that Swiss farmers were experiencing a record spaghetti crop and showed footage of people harvesting noodles from trees; numerous viewers were fooled. In 1985, Sports Illustrated tricked many of its readers when it ran a made-up article about a rookie pitcher named Sidd Finch who could throw a fastball over 168 miles per hour. In 1996, Taco Bell, the fast-food restaurant chain, duped people when it announced it had agreed to purchase Philadelphia’s Liberty Bell and intended to rename it the Taco Liberty Bell. In 1998, after Burger King advertised a “Left-Handed Whopper,” scores of clueless customers requested the fake sandwich.
For a list of the top 100 April Fool's hoaxes of all time, click the winking smiley face.