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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341 Comments
  • animereina2020
    animereina2020Thursday, May 28, 2020 at 6:17 pm
    Here is an idea that I just came up with that you can do next year for April Fools Day! Switch your siblings dirty clothes with the clean clothes. So they will actually be wearing the dirty clothes, and washing the clean ones XD
    • eeveegirl
      eeveegirlWednesday, May 20, 2020 at 11:44 am
      Did you know that penguins have knees underneath deed in the skin
      • sweet-readlover
        sweet-readloverSaturday, May 16, 2020 at 11:22 pm
        I know that is so cool
        • fifi2290
          fifi2290Monday, May 11, 2020 at 1:59 pm
          they were AMAZING
          • bookfan2008
            bookfan2008Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at 4:33 pm
            Yeah they were all cool!
            • meisdancer
              meisdancerTuesday, May 5, 2020 at 1:54 pm
              I totes loved every prank! My favorite was the dog pilot thingymajig
              • lovetoread26
                lovetoread26Sunday, May 3, 2020 at 3:25 pm
                So my teacher last year on April Fools Day gave everyone an article in the morning saying that the world was flat, and at first I was like, come on guys, it's April Fools Day, but she was so convincing that I got scared for a second, and then she says it was just a prank. Then I was right.
                • animereina2020
                  animereina2020Sunday, May 3, 2020 at 3:03 pm
                  I loved all of the pranks💖 Especially the penguin one.
                  • animereina2020
                    animereina2020Sunday, May 3, 2020 at 3:00 pm
                    So, for a late April fools day (this happened like a month ago) I grabbed @zeldarules tablet and went on her messenger! I made it look like she was texting me, and she got mad! She blocked me after that... And yes, if you were wondering... @zeldarules is my sister... At least she unblocked me, like after a month... XD
                    • zeldarules
                      zeldarulesThursday, May 28, 2020 at 11:17 am
                      Yeah, it took me awhile to forgive her... Sorry @animereina25😅😅😅
                    • am-olm1
                      am-olm1Friday, May 1, 2020 at 8:48 pm
                      I forgot April’s fools day