Ex-Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson joins Guardian drive for fossil fuel divestment
Be sure to watch the video of the hoax too.
In France, government-mandated smoke detectors are bugs listening to you
News website Rue89 revealed in a damning exposé that the smoke detectors France’s household have recently been legally obliged to install are actually secret service bugs. They allegedly automatically switch on when they hear one of the words or expressions in a list of 37 deemed suspicious. Among them, “jihad,” “drone,” “cheap Paris-Istanbul flight”. But others, “Gayet”(the name of François Hollande’s girlfriend), “Merci pour ce moment” (the title of Hollande’s scorned ex-girlfriend’s tell-all book) and “gros poisson” (literally “big fish”, but in French an April fool is “un poisson d’avril) hint at an elaborate hoax. This “poisson” is particularly timely as French lawmakers are currently discussing an anti-terror law widely expanding surveillance powers for France’s intelligence agencies, akin to some to the NSA mass surveillance programs.
In Japan, Burger King releases burger perfurme
Japan’s Burger King restaurants released a unisex fragrance on April Fools’ Day they call “flame-grilled.” The tongue-in-cheek promotion comes with a video, in which a couple dressed in black tie and ball robe enjoy a romantic meal at Burger King, and the woman compliments her partner on his “sexy” burger cologne, according to Reuters. The fast food chain is selling 1,000 bottles of this spicy scent for one day only across its Japanese branches.
Google is inverted today
Berlin to launch the world's first double-decker U-Bahn wagons
CERN researchers confirm existence of the Force
Switzerland-based atomic research center CERN, home of the Large Hadron Collider, has announced today the first unequivocal evidence for the Force . The statement quotes CERN theorist Ben Kenobi of the University of Mos Eisley, Tatooine, an obvious Star Wars reference, saying “The Force is what gives a particle physicist his powers; It’s an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us and penetrates us; it brings the galaxy together.” In another, more obscure nod to the film franchise, another scientist says “the theory department have some crackpot idea about life forms called midi-chlorians but frankly I think it is poorly thought out explanations like that just detract from how cool the Force really is.” A joke on how the midi-chlorians as an explanation for the Force was briefly introduced in the first movie of the first trilogy, and then never mentioned ever again and quickly forgotten about in the following movies.
The Icelandic Pirate Party has organised a coup in Iceland
According to a report the Icelandic coast guard has stormed the Alþingi, Iceland’s parliament, and “decided that the only politicians they could even remotely relate to had to be the Pirates”. The national branch of the Pirate Party has recently been called the country’s biggest political party according to a poll. However the report is clear a joke, as it announced, among other measures of the new rulers of the island that in “an effort to stabilize the economy the Icleandic króna will be replaced with the dubloon.” To fulfil the Party’s promise to build a higher form of democracy in Iceland, “construction of a taller parliamentary building was initialized immediately.” Proof, if needed, that pirates have a sense of humour too.
Android messing with its users
This Spanish-speaking Android user fell for an Android April fools. He said on Twitter: “I almost died seeing the Microsoft logo while updating CM12”
New Back to the Future Movie Trailer, starring Vin Diesel, planned for 2015
This one is for the geeks: Microsoft to launch MS-Dos Mobile
And it even includes a working preview