Australia’s best April Fool’s pranks revealed. What would you fall for (2022)

The most skeptical day of the year has arrived again with Australians across the country tricking one another with outlandish and implausible pranks.

Daily Mail Australia looked at the best and worst pranks celebrated on the day, from the most believed to the most ridiculous and everything in between.

Australia's love for April Fool's pranks can be traced to 1978 when a barge appearing to tow a giant iceberg in Sydney Harbour led Sydneysiders to believe it had travelled all the way from Antarctica.

In 1978 a barge appearing to tow a giant iceberg in Sydney Harbour led Sydneysiders to believe it had travelled all the way from Antarctica

Electronics businessman Dick Smith organised the elaborate prank, saying he would moor the iceberg near the Sydney Opera House and sell the public small cubes, or 'Dicksicles', of the iceberg for ten cents each.

Smith named the fake iceberg 'Dickenberg': a barge he had transformed with plastic sheets, cans of shaving cream, and fire-fighting foam. The hoax was revealed when rain washed away the foam, revealing the barge beneath.

The Chocolate Whopper

Hungry Jacks tried to set our taste buds into a frenzy with the launch of their anticipated Chocolate Whopper.

The uniquely flavoured burger was said to be made entirely from chocolate and candied ingredients, featuring a chocolate cake bun, a flame-grilled chocolate patty and vanilla frosting.

Disappointingly, the burger was nothing more than a whopping lie and an elaborate hoax.

Hungry Jacks tried to our taste buds into a frenzy with the launch of their anticipated Chocolate Whopper

50 Shades of Wax

Madame Tussauds revealed it would be opening a risqué, adult-only room featuring famous wax figures without their clothes on.

The after-hours experience was billed as 50 Shades of Wax and was made as a result of suggestive questions from guests, Studios and Operations ManagerDan Porter said.

'We lose count of how many people ask us if the wax figures are made to scale and if all the measurements were correct.

'We thought it was time to remove the mystery by showcasing exactly what the celebrities look like for our inquisitive guests,' Mr Porter said.

The famous wax figures were set to be switched each week to ensure curious guests had ample opportunities to see their favourite celebrities in all their glory.

Madame Tussauds revealed it would be opening a risqué, adult-only room featuring famous wax figures without their clothes on

The after hours experience was billed as 50 Shades of Wax and was made as a result of suggestive questions from guests, Studios and Operations Manager Dan Porter said

Rise & Sizzle Bacon Alarm Clock

Travelodge launched a bacon-scented anti-snooze service for sleepy guests needing a wake-up call at airport hotels. The pleasant 'Whiff & Wake Service' promised to wake guests with the motivating sizzling smell of frying bacon.

The hotel chain said the unique bacon-scented alarm would stop guests hitting snooze and missing flights.

Guests were told they could programme the clock with the time they wanted to wake up and the smell of bacon would automatically be released, gently wafting over the guests to rouse them from sleep.

SodaSoak: Sparkling water for the bath

SodaStream introducedSodaSoak, sparkling water for the bath,giving bathers a whole new way to enjoy sparkling water.

Game of Thrones star Thor Bjornsson and reality star Reza Farahan featured in the launch the SodaSoak which told viewers the SodaSoak 'didn't just stop at tickling your tongue'.

Game of Thrones star Thor Bjornsson described theSodaSoaksparkling water bath as 'life changing' in this promotional campaign

The bubbled bath could be adjusted depending on bubble intensity: sparkling, dazzling or ohmygosh.

'The thing about SodaStream's campaigns is that they address important themes – health and wellness or the global plastic bottle pollution problem – in a lighthearted and funny way that keeps a finger on the pulse of pop culture,'Bjornsson said.

Daniel Birnbaum, CEO of SodaStream says 'SodaStream is always looking for disruptive ways to create moments of joy and April Fools' Day is the perfect time to do so'.

Spotlight gives shoppers a helping paw

Spotlight announced that furry four legged employees will be stationed at selected stores to lend a helping paw to shoppers.

The new new canine companions will be assisting at the registers, handing out baskets and helping shoppers sniff out a good bargain.

'My mates down at the dog park think I'm barking mad for working a long weekend, but doing a shift at Spotlight ain't that ruff,' said new Spotlight team member Eileen the Labrador.

Spotlight announced that furry four legged employees will be stationed at selected stores to lend a helping paw to shoppers

'We've attended some of Australia's finest puppy academies and our new team members have undergone extensive training so that we can offer the best service to Spotlight customers.'

'We think our furry friends will bring a sense of surprise and delight to our stores,' Spotlight Content and Communications Manager Nick Casey said.

'The in-store trials have proved to be a huge success with each of the pooches sniffing out the perfect products for our customers'.

The new new canine companions will be assisting at the registers, handing out baskets and helping shoppers sniff out a good bargain

Ikea's low-cost airlineFlikea

Ikea 'launched' its low-cost airline Flikea, promising the world's first non-stop flight from Sweden to Australia by 2019.

The airline would utilise Ikea's five dimensions of democratic design - exceptional form, quality, sustainability, function, and price.

'[This will] reduce aircraft weight and fuel requirements, resulting in a dramatically reduced transit time, lower ticket price, and cutting out the need for any stopovers,' it said.

Last year Ikea 'launched its' low-cost airline Flikea, promising the world's first non-stop flight from Sweden to Australia by 2019

Krispy Kreme World:Doughnut theme park

Krispy Kreme promised Western Australia a world first doughnut theme park, Krispy Kreme World.

The park promised rides based on its most popular flavours like Glazetopia Gravitron, a slide covered in original glaze, the Choc Ice Custard Coaster, and the Mixed Box Ferris Wheel.

Opening in 2022, the company hoped the 25-hectare park would be the first of many around the world, leading up to one built in space.

Krispy Kreme only launched in WA in 2014, and rewarded the state for its patience and loyalty with the world's first doughnut theme park, Krispy Kreme World

Magnetic Dating

Dating site eHarmony hoped to bring its compatibility algorithm to the offline world with an app that literally dragged matches together by making their phones magnetic.

'Bump into someone that is made for you,' the company said, spruiking its Instant Magnetism program.

Dating site eHarmony hoped to bring its compatibility algorithm to the offline world with an app that literally dragged matches together by making their phones magnetic

'Bump into someone that is made for you,' the company said, spruiking its Instant Magnetism program

Canine crew members

Virgin Australia promised new canine crew members.

The dog flight attendants promised to give passengers a warm welcome, play with them on long-haul flights, go for walks down the aisle, and even wait in toilet lines.

The airline said hundreds of dogs were trained in a special facility for itsBoeing 737, Airbus A330, and Boeing 777 aircraft.

The most heartwarming new service announced on the traditional joke day was Virgin Australia's new canine crew members

The airline said hundreds of dogs were trained in a special facility for its Boeing 737, Airbus A330, and Boeing 777 aircraft

The dog flight attendants promised to give passengers a warm welcome, play with them on long-haul flights, go for walks down the aisle, and even wait in toilet lines

Other notable mentions from last year's pranks included fake parking tickets, a fictional university degree and a phone that printed money.

Epic Pizza in Sydney's Darlinghurst dropped 2,000 fake parking tickets under the windscreen wipers of cars in the area which were revealed to be free pizza vouchers.

'The cops rung up to say we're being fined for littering and obstruction,' Epic Pizza said on their website.

'At the end of the conversation he says 'APRIL FOOLS, gotcha back!'

Epic Pizza in Sydney's Darlinghurst dropped 2,000 fake parking tickets under the windscreen wipers of cars in the area which were revealed to be free pizza vouchers

The University of Melbourne announced their launch of the Melbourne School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, including a degree in Dark Arts.

The University of Melbourne announced the launch of the Melbourne School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, including a degree in Dark Arts

ING launched a banking application which promised to print money straight from the customer's mobile phone.

ING launched a banking application which promised to print money straight from the customer's mobile phone

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