2011 April Fools’ Day: The Best Stories from Around the Web

When the Swiss spaghetti trees are once again in bloom and Antarctica’s penguins have completed their annual migration from the rain forest, it can only mean one thing – it’s 2011 April Fools’ Day. Some of the world’s largest corporations and media outlets today unleashed a series of ambitious pranks on a suspecting but still gullible public.

  • Angry Nerds: Software development tool company Atlassian has decided to surf that Angry Birds wave this April by launching its own version of the hit casual game. Photo: AtlassianAngry Nerds: Software development tool company Atlassian has decided to surf that Angry Birds wave this April by launching its own version of the hit casual game. Photo: Atlassian
  • BMW M3 Royal Edition: In acknowledgement of the upcoming royal wedding, BMW have announced a special Royal Edition of the BMW M3 Coupe which will apparently be available at BMW dealerships throughout the country from today and for one month only. Photo: BMWBMW M3 Royal Edition: In acknowledgement of the upcoming royal wedding, BMW have announced a special Royal Edition of the BMW M3 Coupe which will apparently be available at BMW dealerships throughout the country from today and for one month only. Photo: BMW
  • Apple iPad 2 used as plates in Apple-themed restaurant: A swanky new Apple-themed restaurant has opened in London called Tableau, and that, as part of its shtick and theme, it's using newly-released iPad 2 tablets as plates. Photo: TableauApple iPad 2 used as plates in Apple-themed restaurant: A swanky new Apple-themed restaurant has opened in London called Tableau, and that, as part of its shtick and theme, it's using newly-released iPad 2 tablets as plates. Photo: Tableau
  • Spotify Announcing US Launch; Closing European Service To Fund It. According to the US arm of TechCrunch, Spotify has finally announced the launch of the North American version of its music streaming service. Photo: SpotifySpotify Announcing US Launch; Closing European Service To Fund It. According to the US arm of TechCrunch, Spotify has finally announced the launch of the North American version of its music streaming service. Photo: Spotify
  • YouTube Time Travels To 1911: To see exactly what it was that YouTube did to anger groupon's legal department you merely need to go to YouTube's homepage.YouTube Time Travels To 1911: To see exactly what it was that YouTube did to anger groupon's legal department you merely need to go to YouTube's homepage.
  • Groupon UK tickets to the Royal Wedding: Groupon UK has also unveiled a special April Fools Day national deal - "Two tickets to the Royal Wedding for £8, includes Entry to the After-Party and a Glass of House Wine Each at Westminster Abbey (Value £1200).' Photo: TheBlogIsMine/GrouponGroupon UK tickets to the Royal Wedding: Groupon UK has also unveiled a special April Fools Day national deal - "Two tickets to the Royal Wedding for £8, includes Entry to the After-Party and a Glass of House Wine Each at Westminster Abbey (Value £1200).' Photo: TheBlogIsMine/Groupon
  • Groupon 'Buys' 2011 April Fool's Day: Groupon, the vouchers website, claims to have purchased the April Fool's Day intellectual rights, and giving it the official new title of Groupon Presents April Fools’ Day. Photo: TheBlogIsMine/GrouponGroupon 'Buys' 2011 April Fool's Day: Groupon, the vouchers website, claims to have purchased the April Fool's Day intellectual rights, and giving it the official new title of Groupon Presents April Fools’ Day. Photo: TheBlogIsMine/Groupon

Photo: Groupon

Groupon “Buys” 2011 April Fool’s Day

Groupon, the vouchers website, claims to have purchased the April Fool’s Day intellectual rights, and giving it the official new title of Groupon Presents April Fools’ Day™. Explaining its actions, Groupon say it “gives consumers more choices and better options” and that “You’ll never again be confused by other corporations’ April 1 pranks, since Groupon will be taking friendly, but swift, but hostile, legal actions against any nonlicensed April Fools’ Day™ joke.”


Photo: Groupon

Groupon UK tickets to the Royal Wedding

Groupon UK has also unveiled a special April Fools Day national deal – “Two tickets to the Royal Wedding for £8, includes Entry to the After-Party and a Glass of House Wine Each at Westminster Abbey (Value £1200).’ The text on the Groupon April Fools day Royal Wedding deal states: “Family weddings can be a tedious affair, putting up with Uncle Barry’s distasteful jokes, Grandma’s dodgy dancing and the Maid of Honour’s flirtatious advances. Abandon your own family for someone else’s with today’s Groupon: two tickets to the Royal Wedding on 29th April for £8.”


Photo: YouTube

YouTube Time Travels To 1911

To see exactly what it was that YouTube did to anger groupon’s legal department you merely need to go to YouTube’s homepage. With the logo changed to infer that the website was founded in 1911, users are given the choice to change the look of videos to make them silent and sepia-toned.

A collection of spoof videos from that year that mimic popular viral videos of today was also posted. In case people are fooled by this, Groupon helpfully point out, “nearly all technology necessary for Youtube.com or any other video website to function including the Internet, computers, speakers, and video sharing software were invented far after the purported advent of Youtube.com”

It’s not the first time that YouTube has added a button for crazy effects on their videos but this year’s 1911 version is one of the best. It’s not available on every single clip – possibly something to do with copyright and such – but if you can find it, it’s rather amusing.


Photo: Spotify

Spotify Announcing US Launch; Closing European Service To Fund It

According to the US arm of TechCrunch, Spotify has finally announced the launch of the North American version of its music streaming service. The problem is that to pay for it, Valley investors have demanded the company shut down its European service, effective as of noon today (GMT).


Photo: Tableau

Apple iPad 2 used as plates in Apple-themed restaurant

A swanky new Apple-themed restaurant has opened in London called Tableau, and that, as part of its shtick and theme, it’s using newly-released iPad 2 tablets as plates. The site also claims that it has visited the venue, and that, “after chowing down at the all-white restaurant, which also has an all-black room, we can vouch for the fact that it’s mind-blowing to see an iPad 2 surrounded by crisp white napkins and silver cutlery.”


Photo: BMW

BMW M3 Royal Edition

In acknowledgement of the upcoming royal wedding, BMW have announced a special Royal Edition of the BMW M3 Coupe which will apparently be available at BMW dealerships throughout the country from today and for one month only. The special edition motor is available in three colours – Regal Red, Bridal White and Imperial Blue. This clever little prank is quite easy to fall for after seeing some of the quirky Royal Wedding memorabilia which has surfaced in the run up to the April event.


Photo: Atlassian

Angry Nerds

Software development tool company Atlassian has decided to surf that Angry Birds wave this April by launching its own version of the hit casual game. They call it, Angry Nerds and, despite being part of the 1st’s foolery, you can sort of play it on their microsite. You’ll find it a familiar experience with the famous birds now dressed up and characterised as programmers, hackers and developers. Instead of pigs, it’s bugs they’re after and you catapult them towards their foes from office chairs.


Photo: Virgin

Virgin buys Pluto

Sir Richard Branson today released information about Virgin’s latest tourism-based business venture. Virgin news announced that the company has bought Pluto and will attempt to have it reinstated as a planet. “Virgin has expanded into many territories over the years, but we have never had our own planet before. This could pave the way for a new age in space tourism,” he said. The company have even created a special vehicle – due to be launched this time next year – which they hope will be capable of ‘re-structuring’ Pluto by leaching on to asteroids and ‘bulking up’ the planet in order to reach the required planetary mass.

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