It’s Tuesday, and looking at the week ahead I noticed that tomorrow is April Fools Day. Not something I would usually practice, but many do and I find it fun to watch…
So with this thought in mind, I set upon my mission for this weeks blog to search the information highway of Google and have a look at some of the best and worst April Fools.
After searching for a while I came across a hoax made by none other (surprisingly) than a well know food chain, Burger King.
They joined in the mischievous antics when they went to what seemed the great but pointless expense of publishing a full page advert in an American newspaper announcing the introduction of a new item to their menu. This all sounds normal I hear you say. Well the new edition was (wait for it) a Left Handed Whopper! They went on to advertise that this new whopper included the same ingredients as the original Whopper but they were simply rotated 180 degrees anti clockwise for the left handed in society. The following day Burger King issued a follow-up press release revealing that the Left Handed Whopper was a prank made for the day. The ironic thing is that sales went up and there was also high demand for a Right Handed Whopper. Only in America eh?
They say every little helps but surely a whistling carrot was taking it too far?
In 2002, Tesco published an advertisement in The Sun, announcing the successful development of a genetically modified ‘whistling carrot’. Now I know what you’re going to say, “Who would fall for this?” But the convincing advert went on scientifically to explain that the carrots had been specially engineered to grow with tapered air holes in their side. When fully cooked these air holes caused the vegetable to whistle. In the end it was all revealed to be a joke, no doubt leaving millions of rabbits who were now forming bands disappointed. Tut tut
Like everything however, where there’s good, there’s bad. Whilst searching I couldn’t help but feel sorry for Mr Glenn Howlet. This is one April Fools joke that backfired….
This poor chap was on holiday when he got a memo from his office that the deadline of a big report he was working on was brought forward, and was going to be due two weeks early. Even though the date it was due was coincidentally 1st of April, innocent Mr H could not see that it was just a cruel prank from his colleagues. Leaving his holiday resort early he set to work. He worked himself into such a frenzy and panic that he experienced heart palpitations. He then collapsed from the stress, having to take leave from work. As a result he filed for an early retirement, only to then realise that the memo was just a joke. He later sued everyone for damages forcing City Hall to ban employees from ever pulling any more pranks. I guess the joke’s on them now…
Anyway, enough of my stories. If you know of any hoaxes or April fool jokes then share them with us good or bad…
I hope you all have a happy April fools day…..