If something sounds too outrageous to be true, it's a good idea to check the calendar. April Fool's Day brought out the usual array of odd, offbeat and outlandish stories designed to expose the gullible and make suckers of us all, though some of the jokes were so blatant, they were not likely to fool anyone. Here are some of the best:
1. Fido announced it would appeal to the changing tastes of its audience by replacing its dogs with "the most popular pet on the planet," and a new slogan: "Yes we cat."
"With memes, jokes and online videos, the Internet has truly helped cats claw their way to the forefront of the animal kingdom," the company said in a release.
2. Boston Pizza introduced "reverse" delivery that would bring the guests to the pizza instead of pizza to the guests. Customers just had to dial their local store's phone number backwards. To carry out the new concept, Boston Pizza was seeking job applicants who had a "relatively clean car" that could seat up to four passengers.
Enough is enough..You told us you wanted to get out of the house and surround yourself with friends & big screens so: http://t.co/9k1NdddZsX— Boston Pizza (@bostonpizza) April 1, 2014
3. WestJet said it was changing its flight schedule to "metric time," complete with an explanatory video providing a formula for making the conversion to "milliminutes" to calculate your new flight time.
4. Virgin Mobile revealed its first line of "smart" shoes with kinetic soles, built-in Bluetooth speakers and the ability to call home with "a click of your heels." The shoes come in red only and are available in two styles: a SmartSneak and a high-heel SmartLetto.
5. The Guardian reported that Scotland, which is to vote on independence from Britain this fall, was going to switch to driving on the right-hand side of the road and build "spiral interchanges" at points along the border to transition drivers. An accompanying video demonstrates the plan with a clumsy Lego model showing cars driving onto the multi-level structure, around a "spiral change mechanism" and exiting on the other side.
6. Samsung in the U.K. said it was bringing free Wi-Fi to the city of London via tiny routers attached to pigeons: Fli-Fy. The pigeon-powered network would never run out of charge because the ubiquitous birds are "natural conductors of electricity" thanks to their hollow bones, and can recharge when they sit on power lines.
7. Google introduced in a blog post Auto Awesome Photobombs — a tool for adding celebrities into your photos, starting with David Hasselhoff. "Upload a new self-portrait, or a group photo with friends, and leave some room for The Hoff. He might just make your photo a little more #Hoffsome." The program actually seems to work.
8. The "NERF Nuke" promises mutually assured destruction with a missile that shoots 80 Nerf darts in all directions. It also comes with a safety warning to "not fire the NERF Nuke at humans, children, pets, wild animals, trees, the elderly, faces, ghosts, or in very confined spaces."
9. According to Firebox.com, the "iRon" will press your clothes remotely via your smartphone, using "Smart Material Detection," so you can iron a shirt hanging in the closet while you're sitting on the couch.
10. A farm in Suffolk, England, figured out how to get chickens to lay square eggs for better transportation and storage, according to a report from itv.com.