April Fools' Day roundup - The jokes you may have missed
Did you get fooled Sunday? There were some funny jokes to be had all over the internet, some of them sparking backlash others demands for dreams to become reality.
Here's a quick roundup of some of the jokes from this year's April Fools' Day.
I'll be honest, I knew right away this one wasn't real but I think any parent can agree this should be. The toy company announced the "VacuSort" would be launching in 2018. Described as a "revolutionary brick sorting vacuum" it would be able to pick up the annoying little bricks, which cause the bottom of so many feet so much pain, and sort them by colour and size.
The home of the Whopper decided to hire the Easter Bunny to work in the kitchen, the result: the Chocolate Whopper. The chocolate patty was sandwiched between a chocolate cake bun, topped with white chocolate rings, candied blood oranges, milk chocolate leaves, raspberry syrup and vanilla frosting.
Google had a number of fun jokes for the internet including a playable game. This year you were invited to play Where's Waldo? in Google Maps. Waldo's famous friends Wenda, Woof, Wizard Whitebeard, and Odlaw were along for the trip as well. If a trip down memory lane isn't your style Google also had its Google Cloud Hummus API and the team in Japan developed a virtual keyboard that would recognize handwriting.
Canadian Armed Forces
Being funny isn't just for brands with creative social media managers. The Canadian Armed Forces decided to get in on the fun by unveiling a new technology that "renders vehicles, equipment, and even Canadian Armed Forces members completely invisible to the naked eye." The tech was called Fully Operative Obstructive Light-Refraction System (F.O.O.L.S.)
The Mounties in Manitoba were hoping to be more inclusive by introducing newly designed left-handed handcuffs, for criminals who self-identify as left-handed while being arrested.
Les Capitales de Québec
With baseball season underway Les Capitales de Québec took the opportunity to ruin the day of all its fans. The Quebec City baseball team announced it had signed former Toronto Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista for the upcoming Can-Am League season. The news was so well received by fans Les Capitales actually had to issue an apology for breaking some hearts, admitting Joey Bats was not going to be in the lineup on May 17 when the season starts.
When you're one of the worst teams in the NHL each and every year and your fan base isn't known for being that big you might try just about anything to drum up support. On Sunday Arizona Coyotes Owner, Chairman and Governor Andrew Barroway announced that 11-time NBA All-Star and Hall of Famer Charles Barkley would be joining the team as a special adviser of hockey strategy. It wasn't true, but it probably couldn't hurt.
Fake Loto-Quebec win
Is it an April Fools' gag if it's done almost a week before, or is it just a bad joke? Either way Danny Gamache from Abitibi-Témiscamingue had many, many people fooled with his joke. He posted a photo of himself holding to scratch tickets he said he bought at a depanneur. To his delight they were both big winners, with Gamache saying he won $2.5 million and $100,000 a year for life. He added that things always come in threes so he would be buying a ticket to the next 6/49. Gamache included a common line in many of these gags saying he would share his winnings with three random people who like or share his post on Facebook. Nearly 4,000 likes and 2,200 shares later Gamache confirmed what many had already thought, it was all a joke.