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Old 04-01-2011, 05:16 AM   #1
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Talking April Fool Pranks... or reality?

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Old 04-01-2011, 05:38 AM   #2
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Reminds me of the iPad arcade cabinet that thinkgeek had as a prank. So many people thought it was real and wanted to buy it that they eventually made it into a real product.
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Old 04-01-2011, 06:07 AM   #3
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This has always been my favorite hoax. The ABC rolled it out over and over again.http://www.google.com.au/url?sa=t&so...WWYy6wJbQKeKTA

Those links you posted look like hoaxes to me
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Old 04-01-2011, 06:10 AM   #4
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Translate for animals? I'd prefer translate for wives! Plenty of real life options in that one.
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Old 04-01-2011, 06:39 AM   #5
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Reminds me of the iPad arcade cabinet that thinkgeek had as a prank. So many people thought it was real and wanted to buy it that they eventually made it into a real product.
Also this.
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Old 04-01-2011, 07:06 AM   #6
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My favourite ThinkGeek "joke becomes reality" April Fool's is the Canned Unicorn Meat.

They actually got a for-serious cease and desist letter from the National Pork Board for that. And then they eventually made it into a real product.

Possibly the entire kerfuffle provided inspiration for this year's Angry Birds Pork Rinds?

ETA: Archive of past ThinkGeek April Fools. I kind of want those Tribbles 'n' Bits. And a Monolith (in)Action Figure.

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Old 04-01-2011, 07:12 AM   #7
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Another "joke that became reality" happened in the UK a while ago. There was a comedy series in the 1980s called "Not the Nine O'Clock News" - a parody news programme with Mel Smith, Griff Rhys-Jones, and Pamela Stephenson. They did an item about lorry (truck) drivers, in which the pleasure of squashing hedgehogs was touted as a major benefit of the occupation . Not too long after that, hedgehog-flavour crisps (chips) appeared on the market and were very successful .

As a follow-up, though, these crisps were actually flavoured with pork fat, and the manufacturer were prosecuted by the UK's Office of Fair Trading on a charge of false advertising. They had to change the packaging to specify that they weren't actually made from hedgehogs.

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Old 04-01-2011, 07:25 AM   #8
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Also, genetic engineers are still diligently working on those spaghetti trees.
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Old 04-01-2011, 07:29 AM   #9
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Old 04-01-2011, 08:35 AM   #10
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Old 04-01-2011, 10:18 AM   #11
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Personally, I would like to have a few bags of hedgehog crisps.
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Old 04-01-2011, 10:24 AM   #12
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Personally, I would like to have a few bags of hedgehog crisps.
Sadly, they seem not to be sold any more.

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Old 04-01-2011, 11:35 AM   #14
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Old 04-01-2011, 03:48 PM   #15
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