Air guitar lessons? Brewery body care products? And a job posting for a cat shepherd?
It’s all part of the April Fool’s joke, where companies and big name brands try to outdo each other for the funniest fake product announcements.
Hellmann’s Mayonnaise with Butterfinger kicked off the word game parade on Thursday, and the stupidity has spread ever since.
Companies largely made an impact on the April Fool’s joke in 2020, when the COVID-19 shutdown sank. But last year, when the nation began to open up a bit, the stunts returned in full force with fun gags such as Velveeta cheesy skin products and Bud Light seltzers with pizza flavor.
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For this year’s April Fool’s Day, personal care is once again a top goal.
Meat lovers would always be able to radiate the aura of a pitmaster with Omaha Steaks’ trio of Meat Sweats “perspirants” coming in the aromas of steak, mesquite and lighter fluid.
Omaha Steaks rewards customers who check out their website with a 50% discount on orders on Friday. “It may be April Fool’s joke, but delivering value and taste is no laughing matter,” the company said in a statement.
Yuengling joked how it could take the shower beer to the next level with the “hop brew” Lagér by Yuengling shampoo, conditioner and body wash. Each “uses Yuengling’s very own Fountain of Youth as its main ingredient, Natural Fountain from the historic Yuengling Spring in Pottsville, PA,” the company said in a press release.
“We saw that Yuengling Lager fans love the beer so much that they take it in the shower, so it was a great opportunity for us to create an innovative way for Yuengling lovers to experience our iconic beer,” said Bob Seaman, the director of the brewery. innovation and product development.
Unfortunately – or fortunately – when you check online, the product is already sold out (surprise!).
OK, here’s a collaboration you probably would not expect. Popsicle and Vaseline have teamed up to create Lipsicles, which come in orange, cherry and grape flavors and would be “the coolest new way to keep your lips fresh,” reads the Instagram post.
Everyone loves the smell of donuts, right? With Krispy Kreme’s alleged fragrance, L’Original Eau de Glaze Perfume, “a timeless, modern and iconic scent” of fresh vanilla cream would make you smell like you were straight out of the oven.
Here’s an aroma option that users actually want: An Amazon Alexa smart speaker that could emit certain odors. An April Fool’s joke TikTok showed an Echo Dot speaker describing a scenario and then emitting the smell of bacon cooking.
“The days of buying clumsy oil diffusers and scented candles are over,” it said in a press release.
You can actually ask your speaker or app, “Alexa, make a smell”, and it will describe a scenario and “emit” a smell.
‘Period stigma’ is not an April Fool’s joke
Kotex used the April Fool’s opportunity to draw attention to the misunderstanding of “periodic stigma”. It released a prank product, New U Kotex Chocolate Pads, which is similar to the design of U by Kotex Ultra Thin Pads, made from dark chocolate with raspberry ganache filling.
While the product is a joke, the company said in a press release that it was intended to “shed light on the ridiculous perceptions people have around periods”, such as making people ‘chocolate-crazy, less skilled or overly emotional’. “
The company said their surveys found that two-thirds of people who have menstruation (66%) reported experiencing “some form of overt menstrual stigma, including jokes or comments at their expense. … The reality is, menstrual stigma is no joke. ”
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Bud Light lands another silly April Fool’s joke
Seltzers are big, and so is the Netflix series “Bridgerton.” So Bud Light teased a timely new pack of drinks that you can see while bingeing: Bud Light Seltzer Really Really Retro Pack with flavors including Afternoon Tea, Queen Cake, Duke Delight and Courtship Cocktail, which is “the perfect accompaniment to your next ball. ”
Take your grilling to a higher place
This April Fools prank would fit just as well on April 20th. Grill manufacturer Traeger promoted a new kind of cooking pill, limited-edition Weed Pellets, made with “premium, organic Colorado cannabis,” the company’s Twitter post said.
Before cooking, you can put some weed pellets in the grill, light it up and “cool down nearby while soaking up all the aromas and tasting in,” Traeger recommends in a press release. But, you are warned, “cooking with Weed Pellets can cause side effects, including: severe gnawing, uncontrollable giggles, distance, and increased interest in cartoons and / or Bigfoot documentaries.”
April Fools around the world
Big brands do not only hold April Fools’ jokes in the United States
Domino’s Pizza Singapore released a Facebook ad that promised players a new, convenient way to order pizza. Hungry players can simply press the key in the lower right corner of the Domino’s gaming keyboard to quickly order their favorites, the company said.
“Just add your favorites to this shortcut button and have them close at hand at all times,” was the post. “Spend less time ordering and more time on the games you love.”
And McDonald’s Australia offered a semi-sweet special treat, the all-new Sweet ‘N Sour Sundae. The company’s Instagram post showed not only an ice cream treat with sour-sweet sauce topping, but also the idea of dipping french fries in the dessert.
“It’s the treat your taste buds never knew they needed until now,” the post read. “Available until yesterday.”
False fun with relationships
Supermarket chain Aldi promoted on Instagram an Aldi Findr relationship app under development that lets you swipe right on certain products, including peanut butter cups and cauliflower pizza to find your match. “Just download the app, add your ALDI favorites and you will be matched with your shopping girlfriend!” was stated in the post.
Some Aldi fans wished it wasn’t an April Fool’s joke. “Please do this. Really. It’s a great idea !!” suggested using katherinegibb75.
Diamond seller Rare Carat had his own jewel of an April Fools’ campaign: NoPressure relation Insurance. By the time shoppers buy an engagement ring, they would also be able to get a policy that “can be activated at the time of a breakup (and) guarantees a payout to all policyholders for the time and energy put into the relationship,” it says on the company’s website.
In a press release, Rare Carat says it uses proprietary technology to “assess the likelihood of breach and set a premium”, which is then “tracked on the blockchain for redundant reasons, and in the event of a separation, a payout will be triggered.”
Joking options with cats, NFTs
You’ve heard the saying “like shepherding cats?” Careerbuilder.com published a humorous post: Cat Shepherds.
Among the qualifications: knowledge of best practices in cats (placing expensive items on high shelves, staring at a door, deciding whether to go in or out and a tendency to be outside) “and be” able to use a laser pointer. “
If you visit the Guitar Center website, there is a new ridiculous learning opportunity: fine-tuning your air guitar skills. While it’s a joke that the company is expanding its teaching program for those who do not have musical instruments, the Guitar Center hopes to get you interested in music.
“Air Guitar is a Breeze: Learning an air instrument is just an April Fool’s joke,” the site says, “but it’s no joke to get you playing – get started on a non-air instrument today.”
And Australian-based Lessons.com posted a free “lesson” on how to explain NFTs (non-fungible tokens) to older relatives. “We’ll start by giving you a few basic metaphors to describe digital ledgers and the applications they allow,” the site promises. “From blockchain to NFTs, we help you explain budding technologies as articulated as a Neanderthal explaining how to use stone tools for his toothless cousin.”
The primary takeaway from the lesson: “Remember those four keywords, ‘It’s probably a scam’.”
A new car shopping stunt
When buying a used car, it’s always good to know that the vehicle was previously owned by a grandparent, right? Online car marketplace True Cars’ prank would set it in motion with a Certified Grandparent Owned (GPO) search tool.
In a tight used car market, many buyers are “willing to sacrifice style and performance in favor of other features: ultra-low mileage, pristine condition like new and Barcalounger-like comfort,” the company said on its website. So True Cars proposed a “specialized 4-point NANA inspection process” to identify cars with:
- N – No cluttered technical features
- A – Always automatic transmission
- N – Never more than 50,000 miles
- A – Ample cargo / pot space