It claimed that the Force Injection Booster works by “extracting kinetic energy from the car’s engine and converting it into positive g-forces”. The effect being that drivers can experience the thrill of high speed driving even at modest speeds of just 20mph. Skoda introduced us to the Yeti Ice special edition for April Fools’ Day 2014. The car features a special faux fur finish developed by Skoda engineers working in the Himalayas. The press release, which came complete with quotes from Skoda experts Dr Yu Ciddingme and Prof Lukat Thedate, explained that personalisation options including side partings and fur extensions are available.
Plane food may not be everyone’s idea of a fancy meal out, but a service offering just that on a parked airliner is selling like hotcakes. Japan’s biggest carrier, All Nippon Airways, started selling tickets for dinner on the runway – at $540 (£392) a meal – on Wednesday and has already added more slots for April after the first batch sold out. After the past year, you could perhaps forgive people for wanting to have a little fun this April Fools’ Day.
Still, there were some for whom the reinstatement of said document was a very big deal indeed. As befits a day given over to confusion and subterfuge, very little is known about the origins of April Fools’ Day. Does it have something to do with the Dutch or the French, or the Dutch andthe French?
The shopper, who had left his window down while picking up groceries, did not notice the swarm of honey bees until he started driving away. Luckily for him, an off-duty firefighter was able to safely remove the insects. Many publications and organisations that usually take part in the tradition chose not to last April, but it seems the pranks are back for 2021. GPT-3’s Internet training already included lots of lists of April Fools pranks, Shane explained, so she gave four different variations of the program a new list to complete. ‘One thing I’ve noticed, though, is that many of the AI-generated pranks are ones that you play on yourself,’ Shane wrote in a recent blog post.
The manufacturer says it only needs two drones for an i10 city car delivery but four for the extra bulk of a Santa Fe SUV. If that doesn’t set your April Fools antennae twitching, the accompanying video probably will. Hyundai’s 2017 April Fools effort played on the very real trend for the car buying process moving online. The Korean firm touted its Click to Fly scheme under which customers can supposedly purchase their vehicle on Hyundai’s Click to Buy website and have it delivered in under two hours by a team of airborne ‘Hy-drones’. The firm announced Feather Wrap – consisting of 10,000 artificial, carbon-veined feathers – as an option on the McLaren 570GT model.
This was the thinking behind Land Rover’s 2011 self-levelling tax disc joke. Kia said that the car had a portable controller instead of the conventional steering wheel and pedals. This enabled it to be driven from any of its four seats, even by the kids in the back. “It seems obvious to us that if children as young as eight can drift, rally and race their way to multiple world championships on a games console, then this new driving system will be simple enough for anyone to use,” said the blurb.
Skoda’s annual joke takes a punt at the recent market trend for car personalisation, with a claimed set of customisable puddle lights. Dubbed the ‘ProjectaPal’ LED reminder, the system supposedly allows owners to display images and personalised messages on the road when the doors are opened. However, some references to the show give the game away a little too much, such as claiming the Hawaii Panda comes with an “anti-squirrel-collision” system and “mild amphibious qualities” to protect the car should it end up in a pond. It isn’t just car manufacturers making merry with the April Fools’ jokes, though.
Not only were they hilarious, but the amount of imagination, man-power and commitment displayed in some of these is very impressive! Even the extent of cleaning up afterwards was no deterrent for a good prank. Turns out revenge, boredom and “asking for it” are the main reasons behind these funny housemate pranks. Volkswagen has been accused of “deception” and spreading “misinformation” in the US following an early April Fool’s prank which suggested the German car brand was set for a ‘Voltswagen’ rebrand. If you haven’t got a lot of time to set up your prank, simply put some Vaseline on a door knob to make it extra slippery. Your post suggests you never really cared about her anyway considering you actually went through with the prank.
The idea is that buyers provide a sample of the rusty, flaking vehicle they like the best and Porsche will replicate it on one of their brand new cars, using its newly developed oxidising paint process. Skoda’s joke for 2021 provided a solution for the world’s tone deaf motorists. The company claims to have developed some new software for its infotainment system, which monitors the occupants’ singing and automatically corrects any out-of-tune notes in real time. Car manufacturers aren’t really known for their sense of humour; they’re usually too busy worrying about sales targets and engineering development to concern themselves with comedy. However, every April Fools’ day, most companies’ PR departments try to pull the wool over our eyes with an outlandish jape. Additionally, more than half of owners have reported concerns about a post-pandemic world when they return to work – recognising a need to save up to afford more treats to while away the time whilst owners are away from home.
And some went even further – threatening to jail people if they tried an April Fool’s joke. The most important factor for a successful April Fools’ prank? As soon as someone starts doubting if your prank is true or not, you are successful.