Five April Fools’ Day pranks that fooled Canadians

Albertans were misled by an April 1 announcement from Calgary leadership.

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Once a year, on April 1, people, brands, and social media accounts post attention-grabbing headlines and stories in an effort to mislead readers. The April Fool’s Day deadline has officially passed, so here are five pranks that fooled Albertans.

Naheed Nenshi replaces Jyoti Gondek as mayor

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By marking the source as “happyaprilfools.com,” Calgary Events’ Instagram page makes sure everyone knows it’s a joke. But after Gondek was booed at the Calgary Flames game where she appeared on Saturday, this joke may be in bad taste.

WestJet: MemorEASE

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WestJet was eager to share its latest innovation and posted it on X shortly before midnight. It was announced that MemorEASE, a headset loaded with AI-generated vacation memories, would allow Canadians to enjoy a vacation without having to leave home. The video included a label that said “it’s totally real,” but X commenters didn’t seem to be fooled.

Alberta’s Wild West Amusement Park

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Curiocity Calgary shared the announcement of Alberta’s newest amusement park: Rocky Range Adventure Park. The $2 billion price tag had Albertans divided in the comments: Some said that’s what makes it obvious as a joke, others explained where the money would be better spent. The imaginary amusement park already has expansion plans.

Timbit Wedding Cake from Tim Hortons

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Tim Hortons introduced a new menu item: the Timbit Wedding Cake. By announcing that it will only be available on April 1 and displaying a “Happy April Fool’s Day” sign, the fast food company is making it clear that this is a joke. That didn’t stop people from getting excited, with many commenters calling on the coffee chain to make the cake a reality.

mcdonalds lip balms

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McDonalds Canada announced McD’s lip balms, in Big Mac Sauce, Oreo McFlurry and Extra Pickles flavors. To ensure it read as a joke, readers were urged to “check the date”, although people seemed enthusiastic about the concept.

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