We Rounded Up Our Fave April Fools’ Gags Including One From Queen Paris Hilton
With everything that’s happening in the world RN, we could all use a bit of laughter. And you shouldn’t feel guilty for having a giggle, either. Sure, it’s important to keep up-to-date with the news, but it’s also important to look after your own wellbeing, and a chuckle now and then does wonders, we reckon.
Anywho, with it being April Fools’ Day, and under the Govt’s sensible instructions not to play pranks today given our current circumstances, we decided to do some digging and find the funniest pranks ever pulled off on this holiday from years gone by. We suggest you settle right in because yep, we found some good ones.
The time when left-handed toilet paper became a thing
America has spoken, and we at Cottonelle have listened – Introducing Cottonelle’s NEW toilet paper for lefties. pic.twitter.com/sToUCQA8Kc
— Cottonelle (@cottonelle) April 1, 2015
On April Fools’ Day in 2015, American company Cottonelle tweeted it would be adding to its range a type of TP no one had ever heard of before: left-handed toilet paper.
The fake ad even included a made-up testimonial from “Mike H, founder of Lefties for the Ethical Treatment of Lefties”, who’d apparently said: “It cleans just like right-handed toilet paper, only now it’s made for me.”
The time when the BBC reported that Big Ben was going digital
One of the earliest ever reported April Fools’ jokes came from the BBC.
In 1980, on an overseas service radio broadcast on April Fools' Day, a reporter announced that the iconic Big Ben in London would be keeping up with the times and going digital, scrapping the analogue clockface, reports The New York Times. The fake news elicited a “huge response” from listeners at the time.
The time Google dropped a fake Pokemon game
Remember that game Pokemon Go everyone and their dog were obsessed with in 2016?
Well, turns out it was actually based on an April Fools’ Day prank pulled off by Google two years prior, reports National Geographic.
On April 1, the company had published a news story about a Pokemon game they’d “launched” that saw players using Google maps to look for and catch animated characters and the idea was actually.. well received? They launched the real thing two years later.
when National Geographic said they'd no longer show 'naked' animals
Who knew Nat Geo could be so funny?
In 2016, the media company announced on Twitter it would no longer be publishing photos of nude animals. A blurb underneath a photo gallery read: “The media group says that it will no longer degrade animals by showing photos of them without clothes.”
But then if you clicked on the ‘naked animals’ gallery, you’d be treated to pics of puppies and kittens dressed up in adorable outfits. Cute!
And the time Paris Hilton reinvented water
We saved the best for last: an April Fools' joke dreamt up by the one and only Paris Hilton.
Always keen to poke fun at herself, in 2017 everyone’s favourite hotel heiress took to Instagram to announce her latest venture: Nanowater. The “condensed sparkling water” was, according to Hilton, “five thousand times more hydrating than normal water”.
You can watch her spruik the fake h2O (f2O?) up above.
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