Long Live the April Fools Prank!

Knowing my penchant for a good joke, my beloved Kim passed on the following summary of really good April Fools pranks.  It’s good to see that there are still some out there that don’t take themselves so seriously that they can’t have a little fun!  Kudos to them, and enjoy the devious levity that they brought to my day!

Starbucks, knowing no bounds, has introduced a new beverage size, the Plenta, which rivals a bucket of chicken and takes two hands to hold.

Conceding that it might be a huge headache for municipal dump sites, the Seattle-based company suggests re-purposing as a rain hat, lampshade or yoga block.

Or, you can just try out their new tiny Micra — also issued on April Fools’ Day — that could serve afterward as a soft boiled egg cup or paper clip holder.

If you buy that, you’ll also probably believe that Google‘s announcement that it has changed its name to Topeka.

Or take a look of possibilities opened up by a new app for the Nokia N900 that allows ground-based cellphones users to control a helicopter. (Not recommended for use after downing a Plenta.)

The spoofs, however, pale beside offerings in Britain, where April Fools’ Day is a cottage industry.

Google’s British home page, for example, announces a new service, Google Animal Translate, promising to let you know exactly what your pet is thinking.

The British press, as usual, weighs in heavily:

The Sun reports it has developed the world’s first flavored newspaper page and invited readers to lick a square of newsprint “to reveal a hidden taste.” Just below the spot to be licked was the fine-print warning: “May contain nuts.”

The Daily Telegraph says an Internet service provider plans to use tunneling ferrets to deliver broadband services to remote areas.

BBC radio’s Today program ran an item claiming William Shakespeare’s mother was French.

So far, none have reached the heights hit by the BBC news program Panorama in 1957 that aired a story on the unusually bountiful spaghetti harvest that year in southern Switzerland.

Straight-faced and convincing, the Associated Press (really!) calls it a classic April Fools hoax.

With tongue firmly implanted in cheek, LSUSports.net says LSU is teaming up with an artificial turf company to install purple turf in time for the home opener against Mississippi State. The key quote from the “junior executive strength and conditioning coach” is this: “It is really going to prompt muscle confusion in the other team as the brain wants to run on a green surface.”

Top Army officials unveiled plans to relocate the massive Pentagon building to the western part of Kansas sometime this summer. “This move will be a huge undertaking, but we determined it was a necessary step as we realign our force structure,” said one of the Army’s top generals.

~ by chuckmattina on April 1, 2010.

2 Responses to “Long Live the April Fools Prank!”

  1. I’m a little late, but these are hilarious

    • We seem to have lost the ability to laugh these days, so I greatly appreciate companies that are willing to try to lighten things up a bit. Perhaps a bit more humor in the world would help offset the anger that seems to be the norm…

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