April Fool’s Day 2021: Wishes, Images, Greetings: Every year, the first day of April is celebrated as April Fools’ Day. It’s a day on which people spread cheer by pranking one another without any guilt or hard feelings. It is an old tradition, which has been followed for centuries.
As per historians, the day started being celebrated after Pope Gregory XIII introduced the Gregorian calendar, and ruled that the new calendar would start from January 1 back in 1952. Prior to this, New Year used to be celebrated in March-end. It was April 1, as believed, when the change of calendar from Julian to Gregorian was initiated, hence making it the most commonly believed reason for celebrating the day.
DESPITE the fact it rolls around every 12 months – millions of people still fall for April Fools’ jokes each year.
And 2021 was no exception.
After a torrid year we could all do with a bit of a laugh, so The Sun has gathered together all the best jokes and pranks we spotted this April Fools’.
Everybody from celebs to major corporate firms seemed to be getting in on the act this year – but in classic 2021 fashion furious backlash and grovelling apologies weren’t far behind.
Volkswagen were forced to say sorry after making a joke that their US branch had changed its name to VoltsWagen in a stunt designed to promote their new electric car.
The prank left many furious, however, as it comes after the Dieselgate scandal in which the car firm cheated world emissions-testing at a cost to the company of more than $30bn.
Unsurprisingly many people weren’t impressed by VW seeming to make light of the scandal, and the firm has since issued a grovelling apology.
Thankfully not every joke has backfired so badly – and you can read our April Fools’ Day live blog below for the very best pranks of 2021.
WITCHES BETTER BEWARE!
The Dungeons today announced the launch of their new Rapid Witch Tests to ensure the safety of all guests and teams at their attractions.
As preparations get underway to reopen The Dungeons in London, Blackpool, Edinburgh and York in mid-May, it has been decided that before entering every guest will have to undergo the rapid test to prove they are not a witch.
“There are good witches and bad witches and in the 1600s they thought it was a lot easier to identify them,” explains Catherine Pritchard, General Manager at The London Dungeon.
“We just want to ensure we know who is coming into our attractions – and whether we have bad witches in our midst.”
GETTING READY FOR THE SUMMER
This morning Argos announced the launch of its latest product, the Treadmow, available from today.
An Argos spokesperson said: “We have seen a massive rise in demand for fitness equipment and garden improvement products in the past 12 months, so it made sense for us to combine the two and create the ultimate home gadget to meet these trends.
“At Argos, we cater for every need, and so we hope this new product offers the perfect solution for busy households this summer.”
SPILLING THE TEA
Tea-lovers purchasing a new property from Keepmoat Homes are in for a treat as the housebuilder said it is installing instant hot tea taps in the kitchens of its new homes.
The appliance has been designed to dispense cold water, hot water as well as tea at the homeowner’s convenience depending on how the tap is turned.
Dan Crew, Regional Managing Director at Keepmoat Homes, said: “We’re always looking for new and innovative ways to make our homeowners’ lives a little easier and with many of us now working from home, and tea consumption on the rise, we created the perfect solution, a hot tea dispensing tap.”