None of the publications I work on ran an April Fool's Day story today, but here are some others I enjoyed:
Your Local Guardian: 'Croydon to be renamed in £50m scheme'
Guardian.co.uk: 'Twitter switch for Guardian, after 188 years of ink'
Diss Express: 'Obama to visit Diss'
Buyitdirect.co.uk: 'Free funerals from Laptops Direct'
If you have any other favourites from this year, let me know and I'll happily add them to the list. Your contributions so far (thank you!):
EcoAsia: 'Interstellar spacecraft to be TV powered'
Writer's Digest: 'Announcing a Brand-New Market Book!'
The topic of the Writer's Digest story is a (fictitious) book called Plagiarist's Market, and the ISBN given for that book actually belongs to a rhyming picture book called April Foolishness. A nice touch there.
Update 8.40pm: I've spotted another hoax, this time on YouTube. The site has a "new layout" which displays video clips upside down, as per this screengrab:
And rather amusingly, all of today's 'Spotlight Videos' on YouTube show things that in some way relate to the theme of upside-downness, from bats to handstands.
I do, however, note that the site isn't displaying its adverts upside down. April Fool's is all very well, unless it upsets the advertisers...
YouTube: 'Your New Viewing Experience'
The ambiguous Oxford comma
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