It’s nearly that moment in time where we have to second guess and double check everything we read before we believe it!
Brace yourselves, it’s coming!
Here are a few of my favourites from years gone by….
NO HOLE POLO MINTS
1995 saw many of us believing this hoax that the sweet would now be arriving without it’s famous hole. “Spoofing the increasingly complex regulations mandated by the European Economic Community, Polo Mints (“the mint with a hole”) ran ads in British papers announcing that “in accordance with EEC Council Regulation (EC) 631/95” they would no longer be producing mints with holes. This regulation supposedly required that all producers of “tubular foodstuffs” delete the holes from their products. To satisfy the regulation, all the existing stock of Polo mints would be supplemented with a “EURO-CONVERSION KIT” containing twenty 7mm “Hole Fillers” to be placed inside each Polo mint. A “detailed instruction leaflet” would also be included.” (source)
THE LEFT HANDED WHOPPER
In 1998, burger lovers were in for a real treat. Burger King published a full page ad in USA Today announcing the creation of the ‘Left-Handed Whopper’. They explained that the new Whopper would be the same, except “all condiments rotated 180 degrees, thereby redistributing the weight of the sandwich so that the bulk of the condiments will skew to the left, thereby reducing the amount of lettuce and other toppings from spilling out the right side of the burger.”
The next day, thousands of brilliant Lefties showed up to try their new favourite burger. Unfortunately, they were turned away.
PIE CRUST FLAVOUR VODKA
Last year, 360 Vodka released a few suspicious new flavours just before the beginning of April. Amazingly not everyone doubted it’s truth and were excited to get theirs…
THE FIRST EVER NARCOTICS RABBIT
2016 saw this peach of a prank played by the people we don’t expect to fool us!
“The Amherst Police Department is proud to introduce “Dusty”, our new Narcotics Detection Rabbit. Due to the fact that drug interdiction has become more difficult with criminals discovering ever new and smaller areas to conceal drugs, “Dusty” and his handler will be able to search vehicles and other small areas with greater accuracy. “
GROUPON DEAL FOR CAT ‘READERS’
This could be my favourite… Groupon published this deal last year and people went wild for it!
What You’ll Get
About The Cat Reading
Everyone knows that cats love to chase things—strings, lasers, mice, you name it. Well, recent scientific studies just added “an understanding of culture” to that list. It turns out our feline friends harbor a voracious appetite for literary classics and want to be read to just like children. But with the pressures of modern society, who has time to read to their cats?
Groupon is here to help. We’ve hand-picked expert feline readers who are skilled at delivering a gripping tale to your friend with a tail. Imagine the blank stare of pride in your cat’s eyes when she hears the inspiring story of the lion, Aslan, in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Or the unblinking gaze of total excitement as she puzzles out the whodunit plot of Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap.
Choose from Four Readers
A library scientist by profession, Beth is known as The Cat Whisperer among several knitting circles and has the feline intuition to identify your cat’s literary mood in any given moment. ($15 per hour)
This reader is lovingly referred to as “Heavy Breathin’ Pete” by his coworkers at the pumpkin patch. Whether he’s spouting off-the-cuff and misremembered monologues from famous Shakespeare plays or reading the classics in his wheeziest baritone, your cat is certain to get an earful of book talk. ($150 per hour)
As a professor of English Literature, Chet’s sessions feel more like lectures than bedtime stories, and are geared toward intellectual cats. ($300 per hour)
Mystery ’80s Sitcom Star
This former sitcom star will read your cat’s favorite book in the style of Tony Micelli. Who will it be? ($5,000 per hour)
You will have your choice of books such as:
- The Cat in the Hat
- Puss in Boots
- The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
- Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
- The Very Hungry Caterpillar
- Pet Cemetary
MARMITE CLEAR IS HERE!
In 2015 we were told…’Marmite Clear’ is here… “The makers of the nation’s favourite savoury spread have today announced the launch of an innovative new product ‘ Marmite Clear’. Leading the way in spreadable innovation, the brand is evolving its iconic brown shade to create an all new translucent version of the classic British breakfast condiment.”
PIGGYBACK TAXI SERVICE
Another hit from 2015 that had many of us hooked….
“Leading the way in taxi innovation, cab app Hailo today launches its brand new feature to help city dwellers get around more easily. Using Hailo’s new Piggyback function from their smartphone, users will see one of Hailo’s specially trained human piggyback carriers arrive in a matter of minutes to transport the passenger to their destination. With the ability to dart inbetween traffic, Hailo’s Piggybackers have been recruited for their athleticism and knowledge of the city, as well as allowing passengers to enjoy a 360 degree view of their surroundings.”
PIZZA CRUST PIZZA BOXES
2014 saw this genius image appear courtesy of pizza favourite Domino’s. I wonder how many people tried to order it?
Do you indulge in a spot of April Fools pranking or have you been caught out in the past? Would love to hear from you as always!