Nfld. & Labrador

Foolin' ain't easy on April 1, but some jokes did the trick

Ahh. It's that day of the year again, when you wish you had eyes in the back of your head and the ability to separate fact from fiction.

Ahh. It's that day of the year again, when you wish you had eyes in the back of your head and the ability to separate fact from fiction.

As people get pranked each year, it's getting harder for pranksters to pull off a good April Fools' joke without tipping off suspicious minds.

Here's a list of some of the top foolers that MAY have pulled the wool over your eyes.

1. The RNC is expanding its jurisdiction. I mean, really expanding.

For at least five seconds, some of you thought 50 lucky police officers were getting the assignment of their lives.

The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary issued a news release Friday morning announcing a deal that would see officers (selflessly) patrolling the mean beaches of Barbados.

The RNC Twitter received a makeover Friday following the announcement of a new deal with the Government of Barbados. RNC uniforms are also expected to get a refresh. (Royal Newfoundland Constabulary/Twitter)

It was a good follow up to last year's prank, that involved convincing the public the RNC had started a feline unit.

2. High-speed dory racing.

Targa Newfoundland almost had us with its announcement that the racing organization would add a "Marine Division" to its 2016 line up.M

Because who wouldn't want to watch traditional Newfoundland flat-bottom boats race across the the harbour?

"The concept of a Marine Division was born from the iconic photo taken during the 10th anniversary Targa of the bright yellow Ferrari Enzo floating in Mortier Bay in Marystown with a matching yellow dory floating nearby," the fake news release said.

3. Itsy Bitsy Spider has never been so terrifying.

The Navigators are known for their hauntingly beautiful sounds and lead singers Arthur O'Brien and Fred Jorgensen's deep, husky voices — which works when you're singing about life on the water or being a hearty Newfoundlander and Labradorian.

It doesn't have the same charm when you're singing Itsy Bitsy Spider, listeners of the St. John's Morning Show can attest.

Listeners of the show were told the Navigators were releasing a children's album, and as a sneak peek, the show played a clip of a pretty scary version of the song.

It left many questioning what the children did so wrong to deserve such a frightening album.

If you were one of the lucky ones who escaped being the April Fool, congratulations!

About the Author

Ariana Kelland is a reporter with the CBC Newfoundland and Labrador bureau in St. John's.


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