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April Fools' Day LIVE BLOG: The Best Pranks And Jokes From Around The World

01/04/2014 07:59 | Updated 02 April 2014
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Huffington Post UK Comedy Editor Andrea Mann rounds up today's April Fools' Day pranks from around the world (wide web)...

01/04/2014 17:00 BST

And Finally... YouTube Unveils Its Trends For 2014

As we're all/largely/somewhat about viral video content here on HuffPost UK Comedy, it seems appropriate to sign off on this: a Wizard Of Oz-style lifting of the curtain, if you will, behind the scenes at YouTube.

It's frighteningly plausible. And I for one can't wait for 'Butter Fails'.

01/04/2014 16:48 BST

Samsung's Wearable Glove - Technology At Your Fingertips (And Palm)

"Samsung Fingers is the slimmest (0.2mm) and lightest (1g) wearable glove by Samsung and comes with a wide 3 inch flexible UHD Super Emo-LED display," explains Samsung's official blog. "Combined with an advanced 16 megapixel camera, Samsung Fingers offers the best-looking selfies you get your hands on.

"Samsung Fingers also supports the latest, fastest networks including 5G and Wi-Fi 902.11wz so you can keep in touch with the latest. Boost your creativity with dedicated features such as Finger Painter and S-tut."

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Well, I for one am delighted. I'm fed up with all those unwearable gloves I've got.

01/04/2014 16:43 BST

Brixton To Be Renamed 'East Clapham' Under New Rebranding Policy

There's gentrification... and there's this one step too far:

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01/04/2014 16:32 BST

Canadian Airline WestJet Changes All Flights To Metric Time

Miss your flight? Blame Canada.

01/04/2014 16:24 BST

Give The Dog A Phone... With The 'Fidophone'

Do you miss your dog when you're at work? More importantly: does your dog miss you when you're at work?

Well, fear not - because Australian phone company Optus can bring you together with their exclusive Fidophone:

(Unfortunately, it's only available in Australia. And it's not real.)

01/04/2014 16:00 BST

The 'Wino-Tap' Is Our New Favourite Piece Of Kitchen Kit... That Doesn't Exist

Now, I'm not one to condone the abuse of alcohol but... TAKE ME HOME, DADDY!

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Yes, Getting Personal's Wino-Tap is an April Fools' Prank I can certainly get behind. And in front of. And to the side of. You know, like when you're rinsing your mouth after washing you teeth.

Suddenly, 'house wine' has a whole new meaning.

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01/04/2014 15:33 BST

President Obama Accepts Cambridge Union's Invitation To Speak

Except, of course, he didn't. Despite what this email put on their Facebook wall said...

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"After several weeks’ hard work on Vacation Committee, the Union is pleased to offer a sneak peak of the positive responses from potential speakers in the form of the attached email," posts the Union Society Press Officer - later adding: "We regret to inform members that the Duchess of Cambridge still hasn't responded to our repeated requests for a joint appearance as part of the debate, but His Holiness the Pope has expressed an interest in principle."

01/04/2014 15:26 BST

More Of Today's Corporate Pranks

One of m'colleagues has collated nine of today's daftest corporate April Fools pranks - including, yes, biscuit-flavoured tea.

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Check out the full list here.

01/04/2014 14:23 BST

Visit Scotland Promotes Whisky-Flavoured Milk That Comes Straight From Cows

Like booze? Like milk? You'll love the new discovery they've made in Scotland!

01/04/2014 14:12 BST

Ocado Unveils The 42" 'Slablet'

In which Ocado spoofs Google, Apple and all those other hip technology companies with a great little video advertising the world's largest tablet - the 'slablet'.

"It's the tool... for tools." Marvellous

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Glow-in-the-dark Skittles. Drinkable Vegemite. Today's all about food, people. Silly, daft food that will, unfortunately, never see the light of...Read More"},{"id":"19","created":"01/04/2014 11:42 BST","title":"Google+ 'Auto Awesome' Adds Celebrity Photobombs To Your Boring Pictures","tweet_link":"19_google-auto-awesome-adds-celebrity-photobombs-to-your-boring-pictures","entry_text":"

\"Whether it’s Benedict Cumberbatch at the Oscars or Michelle Obama at the White House, a celebrity photobomb is the ultimate surprise, turning an ordinary photo into something extraordinary,\" writes Google on its blog.

And it's hard to disagree with that. So tell us: what are you going to do about it, Google?

\"Now with Auto Awesome Photobombs, you too can get a celebrity photobomb—no red carpet required.\"

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Unfortunately the range of options seems limited to David Hasselhoff at the moment. Hopefully by next April Fools' Day they'll have got those Benedict Cumberbatch ones sorted.

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\"Whether it’s Benedict Cumberbatch at the Oscars or Michelle Obama at the White House, a celebrity photobomb is the ultimate surprise, turning an ordinary photo into something extraordinary,\" Read More"},{"id":"18","created":"01/04/2014 11:31 BST","title":"RSPCA And Volkswagen Team Up To Teach Rescue Dogs How To Drive","tweet_link":"18_rspca-and-volkswagen-team-up-to-teach-rescue-dogs-how-to-drive","entry_text":"

\"Over the past two months we've been working hard with the RSPCA to teach rescue dogs how to drive,\" writes Volkswagen (Commercial Vehicles UK) on its Facebook page.

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Sun Motors explains further: \"The animals – with front paws resting on the steering wheel and gearstick and rear legs operating levers attached to the accelerator and brake pedals – spent hours honing their driving skills alongside a human instructor.\"

Of course, there's a serious message behind this prank. “There is a real shortage of volunteer drivers to take rescue animals to centres with space to accommodate them,\" says RSPCA manager Anna White. \"We wanted to find a novel way that would encourage more volunteers to help drive rescue animals around the country.”

You heard her, people. Get volunteering - or the dogs are going to have to drive themselves.

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\"Over the past two months we've been working hard with the RSPCA to teach rescue dogs how to drive,\" writes Volkswagen (Commercial Vehicles UK) on its Facebook page....Read More"},{"id":"17","created":"01/04/2014 11:12 BST","title":"New Art Installation On The Malvern Hills Is A Giant Boot","tweet_link":"17_new-art-installation-on-the-malvern-hills-is-a-giant-boot","entry_text":"

\"THIS is the long-awaited sculpture that is tipped to put Malvern and Worcestershire on the map,\" reports Worcester News. \"Creators of the giant wellington boot say it could rival the Angel of the North and will draw visitors to the area.\"

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This could be the current leader in my list of 'April Fools' Day Stories I Most Wish Were True' (closely followed by glow-in-the-dark Skittles).

(Hat-tip: Annie Rayer)

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\"THIS is the long-awaited sculpture that is tipped to put Malvern and Worcestershire on the map,\" reports Worc...Read More"},{"id":"16","created":"01/04/2014 11:00 BST","title":"Glow-In-The-Dark Skittles, The Perfect Confectionary For Cinema Trips","tweet_link":"16_glowinthedark-skittles-the-perfect-confectionary-for-cinema-trips","entry_text":"

The best thing since sliced bread.

And by 'sliced bread', I mean Sainsbury's innovative bread-slicing technique.

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(As seen on Skittles' Facebook page. Hat-tip: Tara Thompson.)

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The best thing since sliced bread.

And by 'sliced bread', I mean Sainsbury's innovative bread-slicing technique.

(As seen on Read More"},{"id":"15","created":"01/04/2014 10:51 BST","title":"Vladimir Putin Buys Stake In Royal Mail","tweet_link":"15_vladimir-putin-buys-stake-in-royal-mail","entry_text":"

And there I was, thinking that the combination of Kim Jong Un and One Direction was the most zeitgeisty of today's spoofs.

Business news website Bdaily is leading with this:

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And there I was, thinking that the combination of Kim Jong Un and One Direction was the most zeitgeisty of today's spoofs.

Business news website Read More"},{"id":"14","created":"01/04/2014 10:40 BST","title":"Daily Mail: Secret Government Papers Reveal New Union Jack Design If Scotland Votes For Independence","tweet_link":"14_daily-mail-secret-government-papers-reveal-new-union-jack-design-if-scotland-votes-for-independence","entry_text":"

\"Secret Government papers propose ditching the cross of St Andrew, a white X on a blue background, that makes up a third of the current design if Scotland votes for independence, the Daily Mail can reveal today,\" reveals the Daily Mail. Today. (April 1st.)

I was so close to believing this story until I a) saw just how close-up the zoom was on those secret Government papers...

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...and b) read that they quoted a campaigner called \"Avril McTickle\". D'oh!

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\"Secret Government papers propose ditching the cross of St Andrew, a white X on a blue background, that makes up a third of the current design if Scotland votes for independence, the Daily Mail can reveal today,\" Read More"},{"id":"13","created":"01/04/2014 10:26 BST","title":"'Coronation Street' Set Struck By Sinkhole","tweet_link":"13_coronation-street-set-struck-by-sinkhole","entry_text":"

Just when you thought things couldn't get any more trying for the cast and crew of Corrie...

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\"Coronation Street producers are hurriedly rewriting storylines and juggling filming schedules after a sinkhole opened up on the cobbles,\" writes BT.com's Avril Poole (who amazingly \"has been writing about soaps for decades, but tends to only publish material for public consumption once a year\").

\"The pit, which measures roughly three metres across and some six metres deep, appeared overnight just outside the doors of the famous Rovers Return pub.\"

[insert joke about 'plot hole' here] [oh wait, they already have]

(Hat-tip: Becky Barnes)

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Just when you thought things couldn't get any more trying for the cast and crew of Corrie...

\"Coronation Street producers are hurriedly rewriting storylines and juggling filming schedules after a sinkhole opened up on the cobbles,\" Read More"},{"id":"12","created":"01/04/2014 10:15 BST","title":"Groupon Sells A Voucher To Meet The Royals On Their Tour Of Australia","tweet_link":"12_groupon-sells-a-voucher-to-meet-the-royals-on-their-tour-of-australia","entry_text":"

As you may be aware, Prince William and The Artist Formerly Known As Kate Middleton are heading Down Under. So full marks to Groupon in Australia for this:

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Of course, if you click on any of the 'here' links, you get this:

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Marvellous.

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As you may be aware, Prince William and The Artist Formerly Known As Kate Middleton are heading Down Under. So full marks to Groupon in Australia for t...Read More"},{"id":"11","created":"01/04/2014 10:05 BST","title":"Gmail Launches The 'Shelfie' - The Selfie You Can Share","tweet_link":"11_gmail-launches-the-shelfie-the-selfie-you-can-share","entry_text":"

Google wasn't just first out of the gates with its April Fools' Day pranks - it was positively early with them. But hey, what's a few hours between (pranking) friends?!

Perhaps it's because they've come up with several spoofs. We've already had Google Maps' Pokémon Challenge - and there's another prank I'll be posting about shortly - but in the meantime, check out the new Gmail innovation: the 'shelfie':

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\"You all love setting selfies as your custom theme in Gmail, but you’ve told us there’s one major problem: there isn’t a way to share your selfie with others,\" it says on the Gmail blog. \"Today, we’re proud to free your selfies by launching Gmail Shelfie, the SHareable sELFIE.\"

\"With just a few clicks, your mom, your aunt, or that girl you have a crush on can set your Shelfie as their Gmail theme so they can enjoy checking, reading, and writing emails while seeing your friendly face in the background.\"

Brilliant. And yet also frighteningly plausible/depressing. This definitely wins the award for Most-Likely-To-Be-True April Fools Prank... so far.

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Google wasn't just first out of the gates with its April Fools' Day pranks - it was positively early with them. But hey, what's a few hours between (pranking) friends?!

Perhaps it's because they've come up with several spoofs. We've alre...Read More"},{"id":"10","created":"01/04/2014 09:49 BST","title":"Daily Telegraph: Alex Salmond To Replace Queen On Scottish Pound Coin","tweet_link":"10_daily-telegraph-alex-salmond-to-replace-queen-on-scottish-pound-coin","entry_text":"

[joke about what it's worth goes here]

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Yes, not only will Scotland see drastic new traffic laws post-independence, but new coinage, too. The 'Salmond Sterling', to be precise.

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[joke about what it's worth goes here]

Yes, not only will Scotland see drastic new traffic laws post-independence, but new coinage, too. The Read More"},{"id":"9","created":"01/04/2014 09:35 BST","title":"Sainsbury's Unveils New Bread-Slicing Technique That Means Toast Always Falls Butter-Side Up","tweet_link":"9_sainsburys-unveils-new-breadslicing-technique-that-means-toast-always-falls-butterside-up","entry_text":"

Now here's an idea we can get behind... More so than drinkable Vegemite, anyway.

No more butter-side-down bread. Our new bread-slicing method means you'll never lose your breakfast again. pic.twitter.com/NjP2q4CjH1

— Sainsbury's (@sainsburys) April 1, 2014

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Now here's an idea we can get behind... More so than drinkable Vegemite, anyway.

No more butter-side-down bread. Our new bread-slicing method means ...Read More"},{"id":"8","created":"01/04/2014 09:23 BST","title":"Daily Mirror: Kim Jong Un Orders One Direction To Copy His Haircut","tweet_link":"8_daily-mirror-kim-jong-un-orders-one-direction-to-copy-his-haircut","entry_text":"

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Kim Jon Un's recent hair diktat and One Direction?! Daily Mirror, you are spoiling us with your zeitgeistiness!

I'm not sure which part of this story I like best: the hairstyle angle or the news that there are plans for a North Korean boyband called Un Direction.

Either way, the line “If you look at 1D - and it’s easy because they’re so good looking\" is a winner.

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Kim Jon Un's recent hair diktat and One Direction?! Daily Mirror, you are spoiling us with your zeitgeistiness!

I'm not sure which part of Read More"},{"id":"7","created":"01/04/2014 09:06 BST","title":"Drinkable Vegemite, Anyone?","tweet_link":"7_drinkable-vegemite-anyone","entry_text":"

Meanwhile, back in Australia, you can now get Vegemite in the form of an energy drink...

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OR CAN YOU?!

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Meanwhile, back in Australia, you can now get Vegemite in the form of an energy drink...

OR CAN YOU?!
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And not only that - \"they will unveil an ambitious scheme to scrap the current – English inspired – road signage system. M for motorway will be replaced with a new S – for Scotland and the A trunk roads will become N roads – for Nationalist in honour of the new country.\"

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Check out the story on The Guardian's website to enjoy the impressive video that goes with it. Oh, and top marks, 'Bruce Roberts', for calling someone in your story 'Lana Gocaireachd'. Là na Gocaireachd, we do believe, is Gaelic for April Fools' Day.

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And not only that - \"they will unveil an ambitious scheme to scrap the current – English inspired – road signage system. M for motorway will be replaced with a new S – for Scotland and the A trunk roads will become N roads – for Nationalist in ...Read More"},{"id":"5","created":"01/04/2014 08:41 BST","title":"KFC Launches The 'Mouth Expander'","tweet_link":"5_kfc-launches-the-mouth-expander","entry_text":"

KFC Australia, that is. (Yes, like New Year's Eve celebrations, the Aussies get in there first with their April Fools' Day pranks.) For it appears that KFC has made its 'Mighty burger' just too darn - or rather, bloody - big to fit in people's mouths. Hence the need for this:

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\"For best results, use for 3 hours per day,\" explains the company on its website, alongside handy diagrams. \"With the extra mouth clearance you can now get maximum enjoyment from our Mighty burger.\"

You'll also be pleased to know that it's dishwasher safe.

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KFC Australia, that is. (Yes, like New Year's Eve celebrations, the Aussies get in there first with their April Fools' Day pranks.) For it appears that KFC has made its 'Mighty burger' just too darn - or rather, bloody - big to fit in people's mouths. ...Read More"},{"id":"4","created":"01/04/2014 08:33 BST","title":"The Sun: The Queen Is Fracking For Gas At Buckingham Palace","tweet_link":"4_the-sun-the-queen-is-fracking-for-gas-at-buckingham-palace","entry_text":"

As if we ever doubted, the Currant Bun's April Fools' Day story is a right royal one:

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\"THE Queen has given her royal seal of approval to fracking in the grounds of Buckingham Palace,\" writes the paper. \"Huge sections of the historic 40-acre gardens will be ripped up for vital exploratory work.\"

And it almost sounded true until the giveaway line: “Even Prince Charles is convinced.”

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As if we ever doubted, the Currant Bun's April Fools' Day story is a right royal one:

\"THE Queen has given her royal seal of approval to fracking in the grounds of Buckingham Palace,\" Read More"},{"id":"3","created":"01/04/2014 08:12 BST","title":"Google Maps' April Fools' Day Prank: The Pokémon Challenge","tweet_link":"3_google-maps-april-fools-day-prank-the-pokemon-challenge","entry_text":"

Unsurprisingly, Google has been one of the first companies out of the gate - with \"a new job role and challenge: Pokémon Masters\". Yes, they've hidden Pokémon characters in Android and iOS Google Maps... and while the challenge is real -

I may just be on some serious drugs... But is that Pokemon on Google Maps!? pic.twitter.com/egldggwGHl

— Harry Tucker (@harrytuckerr) March 31, 2014

- we're afraid the job offer is a hoax.

Still, they've hidden at least one in London. Cool!

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Unsurprisingly, Google has been one of the first companies out of the gate - with \"a new job role and challenge: Pokémon Masters\". Yes, they've hidden...Read More"},{"id":"2","created":"01/04/2014 07:58 BST","title":"Happy April Fools' Day!","tweet_link":"2_happy-april-fools-day","entry_text":"

We've come a long way since news reports about spaghetti trees (or maybe not). These days, April Fools' Day is a veritable minefield of jokes, japes and pranks from news websites, big corporations, tech companies and more. Which is why I'm here to guide you through it, rounding up the very best. And/or silliest.

Tweet us at @HuffPostUKCom with any gems you've spotted. And if you've been taken in by any? Don't worry. As the great Michael McDonald once sang...

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We've come a long way since news reports about spaghetti trees (or maybe not). These days, April Fools' Day is a veritable minefield of jokes, japes and pranks from news websites, big corporations, tech companies and more. Which is why ...Read More"},{"id":"1","created":"31/03/2014 15:28 BST","title":"Behold the world's first Guinness potatoes!","tweet_link":"1_behold-the-worlds-first-guinness-potatoes","entry_text":"

British Farmer Creates World’s First Guinness Potatoes

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British farmer creates the world’s first Guinness flavoured potatoes, in a project sponsored by Burts Potato Chips (pictured farmer, Gavin White)

A British farmer has successfully produced the world’s first GUINNESS® -flavoured potatoes. After months of nurturing the potato plants and tending to them by hand, the flavour has been perfected to deliver the authentic taste of the Irish beer.

Gavin White, who came up with the idea while enjoying a pint of the black stuff in his local pub, is now working with Devon crisp producer Burts Potato Chips to make his flavoured potatoes into the perfect bar snack. His special spuds have become quite a talking point locally and he sometimes even takes them down to his village pub to share his story with other regulars while enjoying a pint.

Gavin said “The idea came while enjoying a pint of Guinness in my local and I thought it would be great to have a similarly flavoured snack to enjoy with my favourite drink. After lovingly ‘watering’ the potato crops with Guinness and patiently waiting for them to grow I’m thrilled with the results.”

To celebrate, Burts Potato Chips has turned the potatoes into quality crisps and is giving 50 packs away on their Facebook page today – www.facebook.com/BurtsChips.

Burts Potato Chips founder Nick Hurst comments, “We are huge fans of the iconic Irish stout and really excited to be turning Gavin’s flavoured potatoes into a snack sensation. When he first brought the flavoured potatoes to us we couldn’t believe it but we’re beyond thrilled to be able to help create his dream pub snack.”

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