I’ll be the first to admit that this blog has been somewhat neglected. Unfortunately, the realities of being a third year law student and the daunting task of handing in a 12,000 dissertation in the next few weeks have taken priority in my life.
Hopefully this summary of today’s best pranks will help make for my MIA status…
1. Virgin Atlantic: Richard Branson announced another Virgin innovation this morning – the world’s first glass-bottomed plane. Tied into the launch of Virgin’s domestic flights to Scotland (not a prank), passengers would be treated to the best views around through the glass-bottomed floor.
2. BMW: Just in time for the Royal Birth in July 2013, BMW launched a limited edition P.R.A.M. (Postnatal Royal Auto Mobile). Perfect for driving down The Mall or over a polo field – and even fitted with a N.A.P.P.I.E. (Nanny-Assisting Petrol-Powered Injection Engine) for those who are ‘too posh to push.’ The advert was quite a success – I’ve heard numerous comments of people actually wanting to buy the pram (if only it was real…). Contact Joe.King@bmw.co.uk for more information
3. Google Nose: Have you ever smelt something and wondered what it was? Google announced its solution – Google Nose. Google Nose BETA, the company’s new fictional product, promises “to offer the sharpest olfactory experience available.” There’s no simple explanation to the technology it would require – I won’t even attempt to provide an explanation.
Watch the announcement here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=9-P6jEMtixY
4. Netflix: Have you ever thought that movie categories are always the same on every website? Netflix made itself stand out with its new film categories added to the website this morning. Here’s my selection of the best ones:
Movies That Are in English But Still Require Subtitles
Reality TV About People With No Concept of Reality
Movies Featuring an Epic Nicolas Cage Meltdown
5. YouTube: Google announced that at midnight on 1 April, YouTube would be shutdown in order to enable a panel of judges to select the website’s best video. YouTube claimed that when the website was set up, back in 2005, it was all a ruse in pursuit of finding the world’s best video. It announced the website would be shut down in order to judge the best video – which would be selected in time for the website’s re-launch…in 2023.
Here’s the announcement: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=H542nLTTbu0
6. Hotels.com: The online Hotel booking service placed an advert for London’s most sought after room in today’s Daily Express…The Belgian Suite in Buckingham Palace. A steal at £10,000 a night, visitors would have the best view in the city.
7. Google Maps: Google added another prank to it’s ever-growing list, by turning Google Maps into a giant pirate treasure map of the world. Click here to check out your hometown through the eyes of a pirate…
Google ‘Pirate’ Maps
8. Boden: The latest innovation in men’s fashion…meet Boden’s Marylebone Man-Skirt! Hailed as the modern take on Scotland’s traditional kilt, the Man-Skirt is deemed the suitable attire for the modern-day man.
9. The Shlide: The latest addition to the London skyline becomes the world’s best thrill-ride. The Huffington Post unveiled ‘The Shlide’ – the helter-skelter style slide around Europe’s tallest skyscraper, The Shard. Thrill-seekers would be treated to a 75mph ride down from the viewing platform (on the 72nd floor) – with mats developed by NASA to resist the friction generated by the ride. I’m pretty thankful this one turned out to be a prank…
The Shlide (The Huffington Post)
10. Twitter: There were plenty of Twitter-themed pranks online today.
Twitter announced a new service, dubbed ‘Twttr’, where users would be charged to use vowels in their tweets. A £5/month subscription would grant users full use of vowels and consonants. Click here to see the blog post announcing the new service.
Example of new Twttr Service
Pasta manufacturer, Sacla, introduced a Twitter-friendly pasta range. In keeping with the growing ‘Tweet What You Eat’ phase, the Twitter shaped pasta would enable consumers to create “nutritious and social” meals.
With the developments in technology, it’s hardly surprising that people are finding April Fools’ Day pranks increasingly plausible. A few years ago, it would have been assumed that Virgin Galactic’s space flight was a farce.