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April Fool’s Day review: From drug-detecting chickens to Aldi’s new dating show


With the April Fool’s Day prank window now closed, we’re rounding up some of the most creative and clever pranks.

Search and rescue of sheep deployed to Dartmoor

Anyone in difficulty while hiking on the bank holiday could be rescued by a rescue sheep, Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team has announced.

They are equipped with high visibility bandanas and bells around their necks so victims can hear them coming.

“It’s the perfect animal to look for,” said team veterinarian Ashley.

“They are already domesticated, there are many of them, they are adapted to the conditions of our hills, they come with their own jacket, you don’t need to bring them food and water, they train very easily .”

Detecting real estate agent BS

Purplebricks launched a "BS detector" April Fools app.  Photo: purple bricks
Photo: purple bricks

The BS detection app from real estate company Purplebricks promises to alert you to any lies from real estate agents.

Using AI lie detection technology, it will emit a warning “beep” when it hears suspicious speech patterns.

Drug detection chickens

Swiss police have announced the newest weapon in their war on drugs: sniffer chickens.

The new flock of “Drogenspürhuhn”, or drug-detecting chickens, joined the team after a successful test phase, according to police.

Cheaper to train and raise than dogs, chickens also lay one egg daily, police said, contributing to their profitability.

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Putting the cat among the chickens, the Zurich police also announced that felines would join their canine unit.

“After (a period of) extensive planning, intensive selection and many hours of training, the time has come (to announce) today that we are complementing our service dogs with service cats,” said said the Zurich municipal police.

“Their silent velvet paws and compact body mass are ideal for use in confined spaces, but also for house searching and peaceful Mantrailing,” they said.

Sending toilet paper to Uranus

Who Gives A Crap says he will send toilet paper to Uranus.  Photo: Who cares
Photo: Who cares

Sustainable toilet paper company Who Gives A Crap is launching a roll of toilet paper into space, all the way to Uranus.

“With billionaires launching cars into space and taking their midlife crises to the moon, we thought it was time to do something truly meaningful,” the company said.

The 3.2 billion kilometer journey will take around nine years and the names of the spacecraft are being circulated on Instagram – current favorites are High Plyer and CRAP (Cosmic Roll Aerospace Program).

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Ant and Dec’s career development

The duo said they are hanging up their TV caps to focus on culinary projects, including a “revealing cookbook” and a pop-up restaurant.

“I believe food has the power to bring people together and create cherished memories. That’s how my family feels when I make them beans on toast,” Ant said.

Dec said Ant would make an “awesome pot washer” and that he “loves” cooking as he “nibbles at the ingredients (mostly cheese) as he goes”.

Aldi launches dating show

Love Aisleland is the latest reality TV show looking for contestants, if Aldi is to be believed.

The supermarket chain invited potential candidates to tell them why they deserve to find love in the aisles.

But in a follow-up post — after noon, when the chance to perform April Fool’s jokes traditionally expires — the company announced it was canceling the show because it hadn’t been shown to the legal team.

He added: “For this reason, our boss has now confirmed that the series cannot go ahead and that although we make it look like we love trials, they are incredibly expensive and moving forward with this plan would not be in our best interest.’”

Where canines and cardio meet

Gymbox presents a new class for April Fool's Day: Gymbarx.  Photo: Gymbox
Photo: Gymbox

London gym chain Gymbox is launching a workout class for you and your four-legged friend: Gymbarx.

“As more and more Londoners look for new ways to treat their pets, it made perfect sense to not only let dogs visit Gymbox, but also create their own fitness class,” said Rory McEntee , Gymbox marketing and brand director.

Expect downward dog stretches before progressing to fence jumps, furpees and leash pulls, ending with tennis ball track sprints and a hair of the dog HIIT finisher .


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