Google seeks ‘Pokemon master?’ Happy April Fools’!
Not wasting a minute of this trick-filled day, the unofficial yet widely recognized holiday is already being celebrated around the world
Not for the faint hearted – or the gullible – April Fools’ Day is the one day a year to challenge even the most masterful pranksters’ ability.
Not wasting a minute of this trick-filled day, the unofficial yet widely recognized holiday is already being celebrated around the world.
Here are some of this year’s top pranks so far:
Luxury cars replaced by space shuttles
Dubai-based Gulf Business news site published a story that global online car dealer Carmudi announced it would start selling space shuttles coming in four different models.
The new space shuttles, Gulf Business reported, were to be sold starting at $28 million on the company’s platforms in the UAE, Pakistan and Myanmar.
The prank article said that according to the dealers, “space shuttles are being regarded more and more as a “reliable investment opportunity.’”
Thankfully, the website included an editor’s note revealing the joke to prevent the super trusting and the super-rich from making a bid on the new space vehicles.
Carmudi added “Although you will be able to find the listings of space shuttles on our website on April 1, it is merely a projection of how Carmudi might look in a few decades.”
Pokemon takes over Google Maps
At 12:01 am in Japan, Google made a public announcement that it was seeking the world’s best Pokemon Master to join the multinational internet corporation and had prepared “the most rigorous test known to man,” for the vetting process, The Telegraph reported. The assessment required potentials to use Google Maps to find all the wild Pokemon hiding around the world.
Despite the joke, Google launched a mini challenge inside its Maps app that features 150 hidden Pokemon for users to find.
Royal family takes the bus
A New Zealand based bus company announced that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George would be using the company’s modest transportation service during their upcoming royal tour.
InterCity Coachline broadcasted in a press release that the royal family would be traveling by bus through New Zealand this month, "in keeping with their frugal, down-to-earth public image."
"While the route Wills and Kate will be traveling on cannot be revealed for security reasons, InterCity has confirmed that it is busy enhancing its best coach with a fit-out suitable for young royals; including a top of the range baby capsule for 8-month-old Prince George and plush Lazy-Boy recliners for the royal couple," the release said.
Vegemite meets energy drink
Even the biggest fans of Vegemite, a food paste made from brewers’ yeast extract, would cringe at this combo.
The makers of Vegemite announced on their Facebook page that they were launching a new product on April 1.
“Start your day with our NEW Vegemite iDRINK 2.1 energy drink! Will you swap your Vegemite toast for this when you’re on the go?” the post reads.
Fan responses have so far been less than supportive. One person commented on Facebook: "That literally sounds like the most vile disgusting vomit in a can.”