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iN VIDEO: April Fools' Day pranks around the Southern Interior

B.C. RCMP shows off its new cat-carrying backpack as a part of its Police Cat Services April Fools' Day joke.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/B.C. RCMP
April 01, 2019 - 11:52 AM

Did any of these April Fools' Day pranks catch you off guard today?

You're probably not alone. Some organizations have gone to great lengths to pull the legs of unsuspecting social media users today.

Here are seven from around the Southern Interior, and one that's not:

 

1. Environment Canada

This one is not exactly from the Interior, but it has the potential to affect our region — so we'll count it.

Environment Canada's Twitter page says they are bringing back the extinct passenger pigeon with their "advanced scientific techniques."

 

2. Thompson Rivers University

Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops announced that it will be building a river canal system so students can navigate the campus on canoe or kayak. They say that staff voted "unanimously" to approve the $20,190,401 project, and they're holding a "canal-naming" contest. Kamloops city councillor Kathy Sinclair retweeted the post commending the sustainable method of transportation.

 

3. Kamloops City Council

While we're in Kamloops Coun. Arjun Singh announced that council will be turning MacArthur Island Park into a recycling and biosolids burning facility. 

 

4. CBC Kamloops

Kamloops Coun. Bill Sarai was also at the centre of a joke started by CBC Kamloops' Doug Herbert. In a Twitter post the anchor wrote how the city councillor will put forth a motion that all those who hang garden plants in baskets be charged a $5 registration fee. This would be part of an effort to promote water conservation.

 

5. Kelowna Daily Courier

The Kelowna Daily Courier wrote a "news" story about how Kelowna might change its name to "Mayberry," and adopt the song “The Fishing Hole” as its municipal anthem. If you haven't figured out it's a prank by the sheer silliness of the subject matter, they include a line that debunks the article at the end.

 

6. Big White Ski Resort

Big White Ski Resort released this video announcing that ski and snowboarders will no longer get in each others' way thanks to Big White 2.0.

 

7. B.C. RCMP

Police even got in on the fun. B.C. RCMP announced a new "police cat service" where officers would be assigned a specially-trained cat.

 

PLUS ONE: Maple Ridge RCMP

This one is not from the B.C. Interior but we still like it.

Maple Ridge police pulled their own prank announcing the use of hot air balloons for aerial surveillance. According to a media release the Federal Air Reconnaissance and Crime Enforcement (F.A.R.C.E) unit will launch its maiden voyage today, April 1.

They say some of the driving factors in creating the hot air balloon unit were due to rising air fuel costs, and a need to seek "greener and more environmentally friendly methods" of providing police services.

"When testing F.A.R.C.E we were struck by the almost silent and noiseless approach of a hot air balloon," Superintendent Jennifer Hyland says in the release. "This immediately confirmed our expectations that hot air balloon technology will enhance our covert approach methods, when attending crimes in progress, through its stealth-like and peaceful presence."

Maple Ridge RCMP officers stand in the hot air balloon basket that's a part of their April Fools' Day announcement. A media release says they will be piloting a hot air balloon program to aide in aerial surveillance.
Maple Ridge RCMP officers stand in the hot air balloon basket that's a part of their April Fools' Day announcement. A media release says they will be piloting a hot air balloon program to aide in aerial surveillance.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/B.C. RCMP

 

Have you seen other jokes online? Have you been fooled today? Share your experience in the comments.


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