April Fool: did we get you too?

2011-04-02 00:00

TAKE a deep breath — you won’t have to fix any potholes. Yesterday’s April Fool’s endeavour by The Witness got the better of a number of readers and even a few staff. And if you had your doubts, well … don’t go guns blazing at the municipality over this issue.

For some, the fake story was just a bit too close to the bone. But if you’re that hung up over a hole or two, you may also have deciphered the cryptic clue in yesterday’s front page story: the first letter of each sentence spells “April Fool We Got You”.

A number of other spoofs had people going. On Twitter, a worldwide trend for Nandos began with Twitter users falling for the fib that Nandos was closing down. The “RIP Nandos” tweet was a witty follow-up to a fake trend earlier this week on Twitter which read “RIP Jackie Chan”.

Again, take a deep breath: the fast-food franchise isn’t chickening out.

Around the world pranksters ran amok. The Guardian set up a “Royal Wedding Live” blog in attempt to show “full throated support” for the British Monarchy. The tongue-in-cheek feature launched at 7.30 yesterday and vowed to give “committed, unrivalled coverage” of the preparations for this year’s big Royal wedding.

At 10.11 am the blog reported that the wedding had been cancelled.

At 11.38 am, the updates were apparently forced to stop after they received “a communication from Buckingham Palace suggesting that some of the contents of [the] blog could contravene the Treason Felony Act of 1848”.

Google’s Gmail Motion also joined in the fun, in which it claimed to have found a way of combining your webcam and Gmail account in order to dispense with outdated technology such as a keyboard and a mouse. By standing a safe distance from your computer, you would be able to issue commands by using different body shapes, the report said.

Meanwhile, Youtube.com implied it was founded in 1911.

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