From around South Africa:
- CLICK HERE to see MyPE’s April Fool article.
- The Weekend Post’s “Robin Oesdraai” had a headline on the front page stating; “Bay to seize resident’s pool water in desperate plan”
- EWN’s Jean Smyth (‘about a year ago’) wrote; “In a major shock, Eyewitness News can reveal that the South African Rugby Union (Saru) is set to confirm that it’s to reappoint Heyneke Meyer as head coach of the Springboks.”
- The IOL Staff Reporter under a headline titled; “Licences for bicycle riders and their bikes” said; “Additional safety measures are set to be introduced to protect our most vulnerable road users, those using bicycles on public roads, it was announced in Parliament on Thursday.”
- TMG Digital reported; “President Jacob Zuma is to do a BCom degree‚ apparently to hit back at political rival Julius Malema‚ who graduated with a BA from Unisa this week.” And went on to ‘report’; “Zuma has enrolled at the little-known College of Uttar Pradesh‚ a correspondence university in India‚ and is expected to graduate by the end of this year. The course takes three years at regular universities in South Africa.”
- HTXT reported; “Government is currently in the process of securing a private company to deploy 40 public WiFi hotspots in around President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla homestead, to the tune of R60 million.”
- OneDayOnly advertised exclusive (imaginery) apartments in the ‘The Lion’s Pride Estate’ situated in the Lion’s Head Nature Reserve from R5 595 000.00 with ‘free shipping’.
- Landymag announced; “Land Rover set for Discovery Pick-Up production in 2017”
- Businesstech said that Joburg minibus taxis would get their own lane.
- Goal ran a story on the appointment of Arsene Wenger as Bafana Bafana Coach.
Google Home has a new sibling assistant – Google Gnome. “The smart yard is finally here,” says Google’s announcement. Gnome is an assistant for outside your home, complementing your Google Home on the inside. And this Gnome has a bit of an attitude, as you’ll see in the video below:
Introducing Amazon Petlexa! The Petlexa feature allows dogs, cats, and other animals to communicate with Alexa just like you do. The Petlexa feature gives pets the freedom to place orders from Amazon, and to activate smart home enabled toys.
Zappos’ anti-theft box
Who hasn’t had a box stolen from their porch? Zappos’ solution: invisible boxes. Just make sure you remember to pick it up eventually. Package theft is a big problem now a-days! NBC News reported that in 2015, 23 million Americans had packages stolen right off of their doorsteps. At Zappos.com, we know there is a better way. That’s why our commitment to worry-free shopping led us to create the first ever un-stealable box!
Type and Pop Bubbles
Google Japan invents a super light keyboard that allows you to destress by popping bubble wrap.
Car Horn Emojis
Introducing Horn Emojis, the latest innovation from Honda Dream Laboratories. Horn Emojis offer a range of horn sounds for a variety of scenarios, from seeing your kids off to school to commiserating with other drivers in rush-hour traffic. So, did you look for the FU Middle Finger emoji?
The most impactful gifts are the ones given in person, but with the pricey costs of airfare and the “mystery scents” of bus travel, most long-distance gift-givers have resigned to just shipping their gifts. That all changes today.
Canine Aeroplane Cabin Staff
Virgin Australia decided to prank those on Facebook with an ad showing off its new “canine flight crew members”. Along with a very cute video of these dogs, Virgin Australia posted the following comment:
“Today we are excited to unleash our new Virgin Australia Canine Crew in a world first initiative. On select flights, a Canine Crew member will work alongside our award-winning Cabin Crew team to offer a range of additional services.
“Congratulations to all pooches who have completed their rigorous training program and officially take to the skies for the first time today.”
Paris Hilton’s Miracle Nanodrop
Sodastream went the extra mile with this prank, involving Paris Hilton. This fake commercial advertises NanoDrop, “a cutting edge, state of the art condensed from of sparkling water”. In other words, having one drop of this water will quench your thirst, meaning we can save planet earth by using less plastic. Methinks Miss Hilton may have a point there as I have long said that in order tosave water we need to drink more beer. Why? Because it takes 19 liters of water to make one liter of beer!