1. In 1957, the BBC reported that, thanks to the elimination of the spaghetti weevil, Swiss farmers were producing bumper spaghetti crops. Viewers called asking how they too could grow spaghetti.
2. In 1985, Sports Illustrated reported that the Mets hired a pitcher who could throw at 168 miles per hour (65 mph faster than the record) with pinpoint accuracy after studying in a Tibetan monastery. Mets fans celebrated.
3. In 1962, the only Swiss television channel told viewers they could convert the channel to color by pulling a nylon sock over the screen.
4. In 1996, Taco Bell announced it purchased the Liberty Bell from the feds and was renaming it the Taco Liberty Bell. Philadelphia and Washington were flooded with calls. The then-White House press secretary announced the Ford Lincoln Mercury Memorial.
5. In 1977, the British newspaper The Guardian honored the San Serriffe republic, comprised of semi-colon shaped islands with names like Upper Caisse.
Says who? museumofhoaxes.com.