A few of this year's spoof April Fool's Day stories...
Last week I featured a spoof story involving a petty politician, and this week the internet was full of spoof stories, as Wednesday was April Fool's Day. Here are some of the April Fool's Day pranks that various companies, organisations and websites posted on the internet...
|"Anything dogs can do, cats can do better..."|
An early pilot of the scheme suggests that CATNAV will be ideal for any blind or partially sighted people who want to climb trees or hide under cars.
RNIB introduces CATNAV
2) Could this be the most exciting game of the year...?
|House Plant Simulator: "An action packed adrenaline ride."|
However, a clue to the authenticity of the game comes in the promotional blurb, which states, "Coming 1st April! You'd be a fool to miss it!"
House Plant Simulator by BundleStars
3) Bouncy Aisles
|Bouncy aisles... Both fun and practical!|
Starting from Friday, Tesco will be introducing 'bouncy aisles', which should help short shoppers reach 'those pesky products on the top shelves'.
The official Tesco announcement claims a full roll-out of bouncy aisles is scheduled for the UK over the next 12 months, so look forward to bouncy aisles coming soon to a Tesco near you!
Tesco tweet announces bouncy floors
4) Cool images from around the Solar System
|The Giant Turtle Of Ganymede ... or is it?|
Other rock formations found on planets and moons include rocks resembling mermaids, giant paw prints, love hearts and Martian 'graffiti', but sadly all of the photos are actually fake.
You can check out the all of the images at the link below:
Five rock formations from around the Solar System which resemble objects on Earth
5) Watch online as your PC is repaired...
|Always treat computers with care ... just like Birchenall Howden.|
It's a prank by a PC repair company called Birchenall Howden who recently installed five live cams so that customers can monitor their technicians as they fix their computers. The cams show their technicians conscientiously working away and taking great care as they repair people's computers ... or do they?
You can check out the 'camera feeds' at the link below, and I found cameras one and five particularly amusing:
Live technician monitoring
6) Push a sprout with your snout!
Ideal for pushing up a mountain with your nose.
According to the Macmillan website, this new fundraising idea was inspired by Stuart Kettell, who last year 'pushed a brussels sprout to the summit of Mount Snowdon with his nose,' and offers fundraisers the unique opportunity to 'put your money where your nose is'.
Any extreme mountaineerers can find out more at the link below:
Push a sprout with your snout
7) A classic April Fool's Day prank from the past...
|Reduced gravity on Earth caused by planetary alignment.|
Back in 1976, astronomer Patrick Moore informed Radio 2 listeners that at exactly 9.47am Pluto would pass behind Jupiter causing Earth’s gravity to be ‘reduced’. Of course it was a hoax, but amazingly hundreds of people started phoning in saying they had noticed the change and one caller even claimed that she and her friends had floated around the room!
They must have felt really foolish when they later learned it was all a joke and of course Earth won't experience the reduced gravity phenomenon until 2017, specifically at 9:47am on 6th April 2017.
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As a final note, one of the most apparently obvious April Fool's Day pranks I ever experienced was a memo several years ago which came round the Finance Department at the local council where I worked. The memo was circulated on 1st April and announced that going forward the Finance Department would henceforth be known as 'Customer And Operational Services' ... or 'CAOS' for short. Some might say that 'chaos' was an accurate way of describing the Finance Department, but being 1st April I automatically assumed it was a joke. However, surprisingly it turned out that the memo was genuine!
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You can find a few April Fool's Day pranks from previous years at the links below:
7 April Fools' Day Pranks (2014 Edition)
7 April Fool's Day Pranks (2013 Edition)
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If you fancy yourself as an expert at separating fact from fiction, then check out Charles Fudgemuffin's latest book, 'True Or False: A Light-Hearted Collection Of 100 Facts And Bluffs'.