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The demise of April Fool

Has PC'ness killed April Fool?

  • No, the jokes are there, you just didn't see them.

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  • Total voters
    12

Legs

ADC
Book Reviewer
#1
1st April has been and gone, and I found myself wondering, where were all those professional April Fools jokes?

Most of us remember the Spaghetti Farm that Panorama did years and years ago. All I saw was some BBCi trailer showing some flying Penguins, and our very own Outstanding's miserable effort here: http://www.arrse.co.uk/cpgn2/Forums/viewtopic/t=93348.html

Has the April Fool's joke been deemed 'Not PC' and binned?
 
#2
One of the Scottish radio statons claimed that Glasgow Airport was to be renamed John Smeaton Airport. Cue self- righteous Scot phoning in to give (small) piece of his mind!

Unfortunately, thats the best I heard of.
 
#3
I fear you are correct Legs. Everyone these days is afraid of getting in the shit for upsetting the local Muslim / Christian / Gay / Straight / Mong person.

Although when I looked at my new pay statement for 01 April I thought - thats good of Glasgow to send ou April fool pay statements, then I realized it wasn't :roll:

MB
 

oldbaldy

LE
Moderator
#4
In France, the national football team's coach Raymond Domenech gave fans a fright by saying in a video blog that his team had decided to give the Euro 2008 championships a miss.

"We have given this a lot of thought, and it was tough because it's been a busy season for the players -- but what's the point of taking a French team to the Euro if it's not competitive?" Domenech asked.

"The best is just to say 'We're not going'. We've let FIFA know already. I prefer to prepare quietly for the (2010) World Cup," he quipped.
If that were to announced in England there would be mayhem!

And it was not all PC;

Local radio station 2UE marked April 1 by reporting that the pope would conduct a special mass for homosexuals during his visit Down Under in July.
 
#5
Apart from the PC police stopping any outbreak of humour that may offend the "minorities" which in itself is a joke, there is also the HSE to contend with, who will probably see pranks and jokes as a possible risk to life and limb.

The old days have gone and we wont ever get them back.
 
#6
Biscuit was taken by BMW ad in most of the papers yesterday with an invention by Dr Hans Zoff, for the device that puts out 200v when a dog pees against your car tyre.

Can't remember the name, but the initials for it were CRAP.
 
#7
The BBC flying penguins with Terry Jones was pretty good...and very realistic. I saw CNN putting in the same league as the Spaghetti Harvest one.
 
#8
Funny one in Australia. The Rock radio station claimed the Foo Fighters were playing a free gig and thousands of people booked flights, funny stuff!

Official statement from The Rock's Program Director:

I arrived back in the country today after a week long holiday and heard of the announcement on The Rock that the Foo Fighters are playing tomorrow morning in Auckland. This is an April Fools gag, dreamed up by our over enthusiastic promotions department and completely untrue.
On behalf of The Rock I sincerely apologise for this mis-information.
Contracts have been terminated, and heads have rolled. This is what happens when fools plan April Fools jokes.
 
#9
gotta agree with infiltrator, Aunty Beebs flying penguins was good. Mrs GSB was thoroughly impressed. Then I drew her attention to the date....
 
#10
Glesga_short_bloke said:
gotta agree with infiltrator, Aunty Beebs flying penguins was good. Mrs GSB was thoroughly impressed. Then I drew her attention to the date....
It was quite well done, but I wish they would stop repeating it over and over. It was used to trail IPlayer at least three times last night and the subject of an "aren't we clever" puff piece during Breakfast this morning!
 
#12
I thought the page about Lympstone shutting down and mergine with the paras to make a "super hyrbird para commando" due to cuts ,believed it at first until i scored the date!
 
#13
Bat_Crab said:
Glesga_short_bloke said:
gotta agree with infiltrator, Aunty Beebs flying penguins was good. Mrs GSB was thoroughly impressed. Then I drew her attention to the date....
It was quite well done, but I wish they would stop repeating it over and over. It was used to trail IPlayer at least three times last night and the subject of an "aren't we clever" puff piece during Breakfast this morning!
It was good but spoilt when they said the penguins migrated to some place hot and sunny for the winter. Does the Beeb take us for complete idiots (or are we still missing a part of idiocy?) :lol:
 
#15
callum13 said:
I thought the page about Lympstone shutting down and mergine with the paras to make a "super hyrbird para commando" due to cuts ,believed it at first until i scored the date!
There was the one a couple of years ago about Paras, being re-rolled as Heli bourne, calling themselves 'Helicopter Attack Troops' or HATs for short.

:D

*edited for fat finger syndrome*
 
#16
The unfortunate thing is that it is so believeble - but aren't they the best?

Grauniad jike

The letters about it today shows why it is that satire is dead:

Gordon Brown and Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, an obvious April Fool contender; but 30 women sleeping with Nick Clegg? How gullible do you think we are?
Sonal Shah
University of Birmingham

Style, glamour - and Gordon Brown? Far too easy.
Carol Griffiths
North Shields, Tyne & Wear

Supposedly green fuels shipped across the Atlantic and back, the PM wants to let newspapers buy our personal data, there's a GCSE in nail art, and Boris is ahead for London mayor. Shouldn't you go easy on the April Fool's jokes?
Mike Robinson
Leeds

Fancy trying to pass off a shed in Hounslow, the world's largest lost property office, as an airport terminal.
Martin Jeeves
Cardiff

Even when I looked at the calendar, the story about the payoff and pension for Mr Applegarth of Northern Rock turned out not to be a spoof. Neither the smile of the French president's spouse, nor indeed all the perfumes of Arabia, could remove the stench from that distasteful deal.
Rev Geoff Reid
Touchstone, Bradford
 
#17
I don't mind admitting falling for a Salomon one I received via email introducing the all new Mountain Blade ski. Promo video looked good and I did forward to family and friends admitting I wanted a set before realizing I had been duped.
Luckily some like minded friends where also interested so I wasn't alone!

Youtube clip is called MTN Blade - Bigger is not always better.
 
#18
I don't mind admitting falling for a Salomon one I received via email introducing the all new Mountain Blade ski. Promo video looked good and I did forward to family and friends admitting I wanted a set before realizing I had been duped.
Luckily some like minded friends where also interested so I wasn't alone!

Youtube clip is called MTN Blade - Bigger is not always better.
Here's another YouTube clip... Appropriate given the time of year.

 
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lumpy2

Guest
#19
My best friend's parents couldn't afford chocolate easter eggs when we were kids, so they used to hide bits of ham instead.

I remember the pork hunts very fondly.
 
#20

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