Friday, 1 April 2011

April Fools Day!

We are well and truly into Spring now... hello April!

Wiki Says:   April Fools' Day is celebrated all around the world on the April 1 of every year. Sometimes referred to as All Fools' Day, April 1 is not a national holiday, but is widely recognized and celebrated as a day where many people play all kinds of jokes and foolishness. The day is marked by the commission of good humoured or funny jokes, hoaxes, and other practical jokes of varying sophistication on friends, family members, teachers, neighbors, work associates, etc.

Traditionally, in some countries such as New Zealand, Ireland, the UK, Australia, and South Africa, the jokes only last until noon, and someone who plays a trick after noon is called an "April Fool".[1]
Elsewhere, such as in France, Italy, South Korea, Japan, Russia, The Netherlands, Germany, Brazil, Canada, and the U.S., the jokes last all day. The earliest recorded association between April 1 and foolishness can be found in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales (1392). Many writers suggest that the restoration of the January 1 as New Year's Day in the 16th century was responsible for the creation of the holiday, but this theory does not explain earlier references.


2011 April Fools Stories

BMW M3 ROYAL EDITION
To 'marque the occasion' of this year's royal wedding, BMW has announced they are creating a special edition of its BMW M3 Coupe. The M3 will be available in a choice of three colours – Regal Red, Bridal White and Imperial Blue. The interior will be upholstered in Windsor White Dakota leather and adorned with a commemorative 'Will' emblem.

Joe Kerre, BMW Junior Operations Kindle Executive at BMW’s Forschungs und Narren division in Munich said: “Given the Windsor’s German heritage, the BMW M3 Royal Edition should make for the ideal wedding gift.” Further details can be found by emailing Pauline.yorlegg@bmw.co.uk

PLAYMOBIL™ APPLE STORE PLAYSET (WATCH VIDEO HERE)
ThinkGeek seems to have caught a bad case of Apple fever as it has announced a PLAYMOBIL™ Apple Store Playset. This 'amazing' PLAYMOBIL™ set introduces children to the magic of Apple technology by enabling the user to interact with tiny iPhones, Macbooks and iPads in their very own shop.
The iStore includes figures and over 60 accessories as well as a Genius Bar. You can even use your iPhone 4 as the screen behind Steve Jobs in the Keynote Theatre. Even though this is aimed for children, how many fanboys would relish the chance to be an Apple employee or even CEO of the company?!

EDIBLE METRO NEWSPAPER
According to the Metro newspaper, "newsprint and food experts have combined to cook up a sweet-tasting paper that will soon be sugar-rolling off the Metro presses." The edible newspapers' printing process sees ingredients such as corn starch, vegetable oil, gum arabic, water and citric acid cooked into a stodgy paste and thin sheets.

Charles Bouquet, of the Edible Paper Company said: “We hope it adds flavour to the stories and presents readers with a colourful menu of current affairs.” Even celebrity chef and culinary scientist Heston Blumenthal has been involved in the process who described the project as "a little obsession of mine."

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