April Fools Day 2021: All the best pranks

Catherine Earp
·3-min read
Photo credit: @antanddec - Twitter
Photo credit: @antanddec - Twitter

From Digital Spy

Last April Fools Day many places opted out of pulling their usual pranks due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. But this year, it seems we need a bit of fun, with many places still trying to trick their audience.

We've rounded up all the best pranks and tricks for your enjoyment.

Ant and Dec

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After 30 years of being known as Ant and Dec, the Saturday Night Takeaway pair announced they would be rebranding as Dec and Ant.

"We've decided a change is needed, and so without further ado, we can announce we'll now be officially known as Dec & Ant. It's only fair on the little guy," they wrote. It'll never catch on!

Morning Live

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Morning Live has been keeping the nation active with their morning workouts with the Strictly Come Dancing professionals. Unfortunately, poor Gethin Jones was on the receiving end of a prank when he was persuaded by pro Janette Manrara to perform a new exercise, the duck and jab, along with some animal sounds.

A video from Gethin's personal trainer showed him doing a number of animal-themed exercises in their virtual session.

MAOAM

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If it sounds too good to be true, it sadly is. MAOAM announced they had gone full Willy Wonka and invented an everlasting sweet with Chew-tinuous Technology.

JLS star Aston Merrygold's fiancé Sarah Louise Richards shared a video on her Instagram of her testing the new sweet.

"I've been chewing for three days and I have got to admit, my jaw is aching a bit now," she said of the sweet.

Sadly MAOAM's sweets don't last forever, yet.

Prime Video UK

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Ever been watching a show and thought "This just doesn't sound cockney enough"? Amazon Prime Video shared a video on its Instagram page showing a new audio option that converts dialogue to everyone's favourite Cockney geezer. BUTCHERED was shown in action with some clips from David Tennant and Michael Sheen's Good Omens, Outlander and The Wilds.

Duolingo

Photo credit: DuoLingo
Photo credit: DuoLingo

With the last year being spent mainly in lockdown, more people have been turning to apps like DuoLingo to learn a new language, as well as taking more toilet breaks to hide from homeschooling.

For April 1st, DuoLingo decided to combine the two with a handy toilet roll that turns your bathroom into a classroom. Each sheet contains a new phrase such as "Tengo esta cebolla y la voy a usar" (I have this onion and I’m going to use it). A limited supply of the rolls will actually be available as a giveaway on their social channels tomorrow, April 2.

Paddington Bear

This is just going too far!

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