Revealed: the funniest April Fools pranks of 2012

I find I have to take everything with a pinch of salt on April 1st, I’m never quite sure whether I’m falling for another April Fools joke. It’s happened before – I almost believed that self-peeling potatoes really had been invented.

Here’s a round up of some of the best April Fools jokes I came across this year.

Interflora’s animal-print roses

Interflora posted on its blog about new animal-print roses, inspired by the Tiger Lily. There are gorgeous photos of a tiger and leopard print roses. They look real and there’s even a line explaining how they were created – apparently, Interflora scientists mixed ‘highly complex DNA samples’.

You can see the post and the rest of the images on the Interflora blog.

The Archers ‘move to Birmingham’

Radio 4 put out a trailer yesterday announcing that, after much focus group research, they were changing The Archers to reflect modern Britain. So, instead of being set in rural Ambridge the long-running serial was going to be moved to Birmingham to show the lives of everyday urban folk.

Apple patents the rectangle

This must be another April Fools – although I haven’t found anything that explicitly says it is. As part of its ongoing war with Android, Apple has claimed to have patented “a quadrilateral having all four interior angles of 90°, opposite sides that are parallel, and congruent diagonals that bisect each other”.

You can read the full story over at The Register

Google Maps 8-bit

Google are known for brilliant April Fools jokes. I think one of my favourites was the animal translator that Sophie so gleefully showed me a few years ago. This year’s appealed to anyone who was a fan of retro gaming. The search engine re-launched its map system with Nintendo-style graphics. You could even use Google Street View to look at your house. Ours looks lovely in 8-bit.

Head over to and choose the Quest option.

Virgin Volcanic

Richard Branson announced that he was going to journey into the centre of a volcano with Hollywood actor Tom Hanks. Branson said: “Only 500 people have been to space, only three people have been to the bottom of the ocean, but no one has ever attempted to journey to the core of an active volcano. Until now.”

Take a look at the Virgin Volcanic website.

Alesha Dixon to compete in the Olympics

The Daily Star reported that Britain’s Got Talent star Alesha Dixon had qualified for the British Olympic fencing team. This came after she’d tried her hand at the sport at a charity event in Bognor Regis. Speaking exclusively to the newspaper, she said: “One minute I was fighting Claire from Steps and Howard off the Halifax ads in a charity contest, not knowing which way round to hold the foil, and the next I’m an Olympic athlete. I can’t take it in, it’s unbelievable.”

Read the full article on The Daily Star’s website

Hungry Hippos for the iPad

This was an April Fool that I know a lot of people wish was real. The app and padded hippos that worked with the touch screen were available to buy on Think Geek. I think a lot of people were very disappointed when the buy button only redirected them to a page saying that they’d been fooled!

You can ‘buy’ Electronic Hungry Hippos for iPad here.

You can also watch the trailer for Think Geek’s new gadget.


The YouTube Collection

Video website YouTube released a trailer for its new service – the YouTube Collection, which allows you to have the entire YouTube archive of content in your home on DVD. At the time of writing, the video had 1.3 million hits. Take a look at the trailer yourself.


The Peugeot RCZ

This car was dubbed as the mood colour changing car. Technicians at Peugeot developed a pioneering new technology using a psychochromatic coating – so-called Mood paint. The driver’s moods are detected through heat sensors on the steering wheel and the colour of the car changes accordingly.

Here’s the video Peugeot put on their YouTube page.

Kodak LIVEPrint

Who wouldn’t want to print their own kittens? Kodak announced that their top imaging scientists had come up with a way of printing kittens and that the technology would be rolled out across their products over the coming year. The new printer lets you choose the breed of kitten you want and it only takes 90 seconds to print.

The Kodak website is down at the moment, but you can view a cache of the page here.

Did you see any good April Fools? Did orchestrate any yourself? I’d love to know!

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  1. Singlemarriedmum
    Posted April 3, 2012 at 10:56 am | Permalink

    What a great round-up! Amazing the lengths some people will go to, to try and catch us out.
    Think I would have fallen for the Hungry Hippos one…if I had an iPad!

  2. Posted April 25, 2012 at 9:43 pm | Permalink

    Joules had an April Fools advert on Facebook advertising tweed swimsuits and bikinis – there were a lot of disappointed people!

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