Beware! April Fools' Day Is On Monday

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Wireless Bluetooth speaker company Jabra unveiled a speaker sneaker on April 1, 2018 (Credit: Jabra.com)

For pranksters and joke lovers, there is no better day than April 1. Often called April Fools' Day, it is the one day of the year when light-hearted tricks are not only expected but also welcomed by all. Some believe the fun holiday began in 1582 when the world transitioned from the Julian calendar, which celebrated the New Year on the last week of March, to the current Gregorian calendar. Those unaware of the change, or refusing to accept the January 1 start date, were often mocked and had jokes played on them on or around the old New Year. Others speculate the holiday began as a joyful way to welcome spring.

Regardless of how it started, April Fools’ Day is now a worldwide celebration that is observed by both individuals as well as corporations, which often devise elaborate hoaxes to fool the public. Here are some of our past favorites.

BBC's Spaghetti Harvest

The British Broadcasting Company (BBC) was the first television company to stage an April 1 prank. In 1957, its popular current affairs show, Panorama, ran a special segment about how a mild winter and the elimination of the harmful spaghetti weevil had resulted in a record spaghetti harvest that year. The episode showed women happily pulling strands of pasta from trees. When excited viewers called the BBC to find out how to grow a spaghetti tree, they were instructed to "stick a dry piece of the pasta in a can of tomato sauce and keep their fingers crossed."

Virgin Australia's In-Flight Spin Class

Virgin Airlines is famous for coming up with some of the best April Fools' pranks, and 2018 was no exception. On April 1, the company's Australian subsidiary announced it had partnered with Virgin Active to offer the first-ever in-flight spin class. The video, released on social media, explained the various class choices and also promised passengers complimentary work-out gear and a delicious after-class snack. If only it had been true!

Lexus Genetic Select

On April 1, 2018, Japanese car manufacturer Lexus announced it had partnered with US genetics company 23andMe to create a customized car like none other. Clients were asked to provide a sample of their saliva to 23andMe for a genetic analysis. Based on the results, they would receive a car with special features, such as broader coffee cup holders for those with an affinity for caffeine, special window tinting for drivers with sensitive skin, and no sunroof for customers who had the hair loss gene. A built-in DNA recognition technology eliminated the need for keys, allowing owners to start their car by licking the top of the steering wheel.

Burger King's Chocolate Whopper

Fast food giant Burger King's 2018 April Fools' prank was a mouth-watering Chocolate Whopper – a chocolate cake bun with a “flame-grilled chocolate patty” in between! Customers could choose to add condiments like raspberry syrup (ketchup), white chocolate rings (onions), candied blood oranges (tomatoes), milk chocolate leaves (lettuce), and vanilla frosting (mayo). Yum!

While nobody knows what clever tricks corporations have in store for the unsuspecting public this year, they are guaranteed to be fun - as long as you don't get tricked, of course!

Happy April Fools' Day!

Resources: Time.com, Fortune.com,blueswandaily.com, livescience.com,bgr.com

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512 Comments
  • dilan101
    dilan101about 2 years
    I want those shoes 👟
    • beachbreeze
      beachbreezeover 2 years
      Cool that’s all I have to say it’s just cool 😎
      • carebear0518
        carebear0518over 2 years
        I am putting a dead roach on my sister's desk (I have it ready )
        • pm-olm
          pm-olmover 2 years
          I have a idea for the ultimate April Fools Day prank! 1. Tell my little sister to come into my room 2. Have a bag of cotton balls on the door 3. Drop them on her head 4. 😂
          • your_majesty893
            your_majesty893almost 3 years
            Me and my friend have been creating an epic prank for the entire classroom: a mutation of the Black Death was found in Canada and could not be contained! We are hoping to print out the pages this April. Awesome!
            • am-olm1
              am-olm1almost 3 years
              Sadly they most probably cost so so so much!
            • am-olm1
              am-olm1almost 3 years
              I wish I had those epic shoes.
              • TheDogeMasterabout 3 years
                I’m what you might call an expert prankster, and those are some sweet prank ideas! Gotta give them a try on my little sis, she’s a really good victim.
                • ;)about 3 years
                  I would like to look at the genius' idea to create the CHOCOLATE WHOPPER
                  • Saoirse T.T about 3 years
                    This looks like a gimmick.😤 do you think I could just 🧘‍♀️ someone? Please give me a thumbs up if you think yes. Thanks.