April Fools’ Day: Some of the best pranks on the Internet
WATCH: Global National’s Mike Armstrong takes a look at some of the best April Fool’s pranks of 2014.
TORONTO – From a plan to sell off subway stations to websites taken over by cats and airlines messing around with passengers, here’s a look at some online April Fools’ Day pranks.
1. Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) selling off subway stations
Dealing with close to a $3 billion budget shortfall this year, the TTC took to YouTube with an explainer video that describes its latest funding idea – selling off subway stations to build condos on station platforms.
2. Bill Clinton’s Twitter page
We are not exactly sure if Bill Clinton is paying tribute to his wife Hillary or if he’s taking a jab at her, but Bill’s Twitter page features a photo that’s very similar to one the former U.S. Secretary of State was in. Bill tweeted “I’m following my leader!” He also referred to himself as a “meme appropriator.”
3. WestJet converts to metric time
Calgary-based WestJet announced it is changing the way flight times are displayed. Moving away from a.m. and p.m. the airline made up its own way of calculating time – using the metric system.
Citing “no one universally-accepted way to express time,” WestJet said converting to metric time will ensure passengers arrive at airports with more than enough time to catch their flights. Oh, and the company is also trying to pawn off fake watches that display metric time.
4. Virgin America unveils in-flight personal temperature control
Virgin America teamed up with Nest to reinvent the way people fly by introducing personal temperature control. Total Temperature Control allows passengers to control the climate — from settings like Cancun sun to Chicago Polar Vortex.
5. News site taken over by cats
Everyone knows the Internet is made of cats. Huffington Post Canada appeared to have been completely taken over by cats.
6. Google’s Chromecast goes nuts for squirrel TV
If the Internet is not made of cats then it’s most likely made of squirrels and Google Chromecast is tapping into that niche by launching “a new era of squirrel entertainment.”
7. Fido ditches pooches
MORE CATS!!!! National mobile service provider Fido ditched its well known canine ambassadors for a feline.
8. Samuel Adams introduces helium-infused beer
Samuel Adams Founder and Co-Owner Jim Koch introduces a “radical and extreme new beer” called HeliYUM.
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