Wednesday Is April Fools' Day!

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April Fools' Day is celebrated annually on April 1 (Credit: cleaninggenie.net)

Looking for a fun idea to pass time during this COVID-19 pandemic hiatus? Then you will be thrilled to know that Wednesday is April Fools' Day, which means that you can play a light-hearted prank, or two, without getting into trouble!

The origin of this fun holiday, which is celebrated annually on April 1, is unclear. Some believe it started in 1582 after the world transitioned from the Julian calendar, which ushered in the new year on March 25, to the current Gregorian calendar. At the end of March, tricks were played upon those who were unaware of, or refused to accept, the new January 1 start date. Others maintain that the holiday began as a joyful way to welcome spring.

Regardless of how it started, April Fools' Day has since become a popular custom that is celebrated worldwide by both individuals and corporations. Here are some hilarious tricks that have kept people fooled for hours, and sometimes even months, on end!

Virgin Australia's canine crew

Virgin Australia is well-known for its fun April Fools' pranks. One of the most heartwarming ones was in 2017 when the company introduced its new flight crew members — a team of adorable dogs. The believable video, released on March 31, showed the well-trained canines greeting, and, in some cases, shaking hands, with passengers as they entered the aircraft, keeping them company during the flight, and even saving their spot in long bathroom lines!

Cup Noodles headphones? Yum!

HyperX Cup MIX-IN was an April Fools' hoax from Nissin Cup Noodles and HyperX (Credit: Nissin Foods)

In 2019, Japan's Nissin Cup Noodles and high-performance product manufacturer HyperX unveiled the HyperX Cup MIX-IN. The unusual headphones allegedly provided music lovers the ultimate "sensorial experience" while they ate Cup Noodles. To create a seamless experience for gamers, the headphones came with a detachable noise-canceling Microphork, allowing players to enjoy their Cup Noodles without interrupting the game or irritating teammates with slurping sounds.

"Staying ahead of trends and infusing innovation into what we offer from Cup Noodles are at the core of what our company was founded on," said Jaclyn Park, Vice President of Marketing, Nissin Foods USA. "We are always looking for ways to elevate our fans' experience with Cup Noodles through unexpected and fun ideas, so when HyperX wanted to collaborate, we knew this was an opportunity to give everyone from music lovers to gamers a unique Cup Noodles experience they never imagined."

Eager fans hoping to purchase the limited edition devices online, found they were "sold-out," before realizing that the press release announcing the HyperX Cup MIX-IN was dated April 1!

Chegg Osmosis Learning Pillow

In 2018, American online textbook rental and tutorial company Chegg, unveiled a memory foam learning pillow that transferred knowledge into the brain while the person was asleep. All he/she had to do was place the required textbook(s) underneath the pillow while they were snoozing. Though that would have been every student's dream, it was, of course, just a clever April Fools' prank.

BBC's flying penguins

Penguins are known to be flightless birds. However, on April 1, 2008, the British Broadcasting Corporation reported that it had stumbled upon a colony of flying Adélie penguins on Antarctica's King George Island, and even released a video showing the airborne birds. The discovery had the world buzzing with excitement until the television station released a follow-up video explaining how they made the penguins "fly."

Be sure to let us know what fun prank you have planned this year — and whether or not it worked, by adding your comments below.

Happy April Fools' Day!

Resources: www.theverge.com, wikipedia.org, Nissinfoods

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358 Comments
  • ilovekittens-21
    ilovekittens-21Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 6:02 am
    penguins can NOT fly!!!!
    • iam_bannai
      iam_bannaiMonday, March 29, 2021 at 1:32 pm
      HAHAAHHAHAHAH the pillow is soo fake XD
      • shashinia
        shashiniaTuesday, March 23, 2021 at 6:37 pm
        I don’t really have any good pranks, I usually just get a pillow and put it on top of a door so when the person comes in the pillow falls on that person.
        • unipug2
          unipug2Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at 6:14 am
          I know a good prank. Have a Waterbottle filled with water and salt, and give someone it!!!!
          • horse123456
            horse123456Friday, January 22, 2021 at 10:07 am
            Or poke holes in the waterbottle and it will spill on the victim
          • therealsnakes
            therealsnakesSunday, December 6, 2020 at 10:01 am
            I had a toy lizard but I lost it I could have used it but it is over maybe next year.I can use my rubber snake
            • jkbear
              jkbearMonday, November 30, 2020 at 2:13 pm
              I have a few good pranks
              • mayaomg
                mayaomgFriday, November 27, 2020 at 12:16 pm
                Me too but that's a long time to be next year in 2021😐😓😔
                • heyheygirl
                  heyheygirlSunday, December 6, 2020 at 6:46 am
                  I love doing pranks to my brothers and parents. Its hard to do them to my sis because she always seems to know when I'm doing a prank. But my brothers are younger so they don't understand it that well 😂
                  • rosepinklegend3
                    rosepinklegend3Sunday, March 14, 2021 at 8:18 am
                    Same here! I'm the oldest of 3 and my little siblings always fall for my pranks.
                • rayquaza123
                  rayquaza123Friday, October 23, 2020 at 3:11 pm
                  Wow, I am going to prank my parents on April Fool's Day next year in 2021
                  • taco_cat
                    taco_catWednesday, September 30, 2020 at 8:44 am
                    april fools is actually my bday!!! my parents usually prank me 🤣🤣
                    • shashinia
                      shashiniaTuesday, March 23, 2021 at 6:38 pm
                      Wow that’s funny 😂
                    • thistle912
                      thistle912Saturday, September 12, 2020 at 10:01 am
                      I put paper spiders in the bathtub for April Fools Day! My mom totally freaked out—she though they were real lol