/ So what April Fool's pranks have you seen?

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a lakeland climber on 01 Apr 2013
My current crop:

Virgin introduces glass bottomed planes: http://www.virgin.com/richard-branson/blog/virgin-atlantic-launches-worlds-first-ever-glass-bottomed...

UCI limits cyclists' power to 6 watts per kilo via in built braking system: http://www.sbs.com.au/cyclingcentral/news/43018/exclusive-uci-mandates-watts-per-kilogram-limit

SIS introduce new cabbage flavoured gel: http://lornpearsontrains.co.uk/2013/04/01/new-cabbage-sis-energy-gel/

Guardian Goggles - automatically redact columns by Melanie Phillips or Richard Littlejohn: http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/video/2013/apr/01/guardian-goggles-video

Twitter to start charging for using vowels (should appeal to those txt spkrs amongst us) - http://blog.twitter.com/2013/03/annncng-twttr.html

Google to shut down YouTube: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/31/net-us-google-aprilfools-idUSBRE92U09O20130331

Si o'Connor repeats La Dura, Dura and La Rambla in the same day: OK I admit that should be filed under fantasy.

Any other good ones you've seen?

ALC
MtnGeekUK - on 01 Apr 2013
In reply to a lakeland climber:

Snapfish (photo products website) offering scratch and sniff canvas prints

Local council to start charging for toilet paper in public loos - I fell for this, as it sounds like something they would actually do!
bluebealach - on 01 Apr 2013
In reply to a lakeland climber: Not sure if this is one.....

http://saisscairngorms.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/glas-maol-avalanche.html

Impressive if its not some photographic trickery
bluebealach - on 01 Apr 2013
In reply to bluebealach......and yes I know its dated the 26th March 2013
GrendeI on 01 Apr 2013
Climbing Pieman on 01 Apr 2013
In reply to a lakeland climber:
BMW advert for their new limited edition P.R.A.M ( Postnatal Royal Auto Mobile). It has a N.A.P.P.I.E (Nanny-Assisting Petrol-Powered Injection Engine) as standard. For more info and test drive contact Joe.King@bmw.co.uk.
xplorer on 01 Apr 2013
In reply to a lakeland climber:

UKC have done some of the poorest April fools this year.
Fraser on 01 Apr 2013
In reply to a lakeland climber:

'Google Nose'
freerangecat - on 01 Apr 2013
In reply to a lakeland climber:

Marmite have a thing on Facebook about marmite flavoured nail polish.

The daily mail website has some stupid story about mobile phones from the 1930s that I didn't bother to read
wilkie14c - on 01 Apr 2013
In reply to freerangecat:

> The daily mail website has some stupid story about mobile phones from the 1930s

that came over here and took all our jobs....

dissonance - on 01 Apr 2013
In reply to Fraser:

they also have gmailblue.

which, sadly, I actually quite like the look of.
Gordon Stainforth - on 01 Apr 2013
In reply to a lakeland climber:

Love the Guardian goggles.
AndyC - on 01 Apr 2013
In reply to a lakeland climber:

Radio 4's Today program devoted several minutes to a train spotting App that would read specially elongated barcodes stuck to the sides of trains and be linked to a national database to detect late running trains and speeding drivers.
deepsoup - on 01 Apr 2013
In reply to a lakeland climber:
I just stumbled across Google maps 'treasure' mode: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qFFHC0eIUc

The cepia 'telescope' version of streetview is nice. :o)
KellyKettle - on 01 Apr 2013
In reply to a lakeland climber:

Lee Valley Tools (who specialise in professional cabinetmaking tools) have been designing and producing a one off highly impractical and amusing tool for April Fools Day for ten years now.

(You can see them all,including this year's "Spider Vice" by searching 'AFD' here: www.leevalley.com/en/home/Search.aspx? )

My favourite however, is the "Precision Story Tape": http://www.leevalley.com/en/wood/page.aspx?p=65357&cat=1,43513
A blank tape measure, that you mark out with a pen off of existing objects... however, it's now actually proved to be a useful enough tool to go on sale.
marsbar - on 01 Apr 2013
In reply to a lakeland climber: Edale MRT have been rescuing a seal.
GrendeI on 01 Apr 2013
Only a hill - on 01 Apr 2013
In reply to xplorer:
> (In reply to a lakeland climber)
>
> UKC have done some of the poorest April fools this year.

Why do you say that?
stewieatb on 01 Apr 2013
In reply to a lakeland climber:

Oxford student newspaper Cherwell announces that their rival paper is closing: http://www.cherwell.org/news/uk/2013/04/01/oxford-student-newspaper-to-close (note author's name on the article).
Ghastly Rubberfeet on 01 Apr 2013
In reply to marsbar:
> (In reply to a lakeland climber) Edale MRT have been rescuing a seal.

Somewhere between Seal Edge and Seal Stones I believe.


marsbar - on 01 Apr 2013
Chris the Tall - on 01 Apr 2013
In reply to a lakeland climber:
I like the idea of the glass bottomed plane, and as for the UCI, it's less far fetched than them taking money from LA, their anti doping hotline, or that pat mcQuaid will be re-elected unopposed?
AlasdairM on 01 Apr 2013
In reply to a lakeland climber:

BBC Sport today - http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/scotland/21989628
In reply to a lakeland climber: Andy kirkpatrick on fb said he and bear grylls were doing a programme together. Thought that was very good. The discussion led to suggestions of bear drinking andy's wee
Mr_Yeti - on 02 Apr 2013
In reply to a lakeland climber:

This was one of the best. I remember actually seeing this and, being young an na´ve, was horrified.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/21946903

a lakeland climber on 02 Apr 2013
In reply to Mr_Yeti:

Like it!

Probably the classic (and most ambitious?) was The Guardian's San Seriffe spoof - a whole country up for investment opportunities!

ALC
ads.ukclimbing.com
deepsoup - on 02 Apr 2013
In reply to Mr_Yeti:
Ha ha, I'd never seen that before, it's brilliant! :O)

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