The first day of April is traditionally a day for playing practical jokes, and people who fall for them are called April Fools. But its not just April 1 when prank stories can make the news...
Many readers were taken in, with one commenting: "I told everyone in my office about this and why it would never work... Now I feel slightly silly."
On 1 April 2014, Richard Branson unveiled a range of unlikely looking architectural projects, including a hotel on the moon that looked suspiciously like the cover artwork of Mike Oldfield's 1973 Tubular Bells album – the record that launched Branson's Virgin label.
The same day, we unveiled sensational plans for two London skyscrapers in the shape of slices of bread. Located either side of the Gherkin, they would create a new ensemble known as "the ploughman's lunch".
Unsurprisingly most readers saw through this one. "I hope people don't think this is half-baked thinking, and make a whole meal out of it," commented one.
Dezeen itself has been the victim of a couple of "fake news" stories. In 2008, we ran a story about Eiffel DNA, a competition-winning proposal by Serero Architects to redesign the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
It turned out the project, and the competition, were both made up. Other major news outlets including the Guardian also fell for it and since the story emerged a week or so before April Fools Day, our phoney-story radar was not operating at full strength.
In 2012, we reported on a range of sneakers made from bio-engineered stingrays, which could be bred with skins of any imaginable pattern. This wasn't an April Fool prank but a coordinated attempt "to catalyze a debate on emerging biotechnologies," as the instigator later explained.
We suspected at the time that Rayfish was a made-up company, but that didn't stop its trainers being shortlisted for a design award the following year.