But in the age of social media, getting caught out for believing a lie is more embarrassing than ever, and everyone needs to be on their guard.
There are plenty circulating already – see the April’s Fools' jokes to watch out for below.
Laura Tobin and the ‘unique’ flower incident on GMB
Anything can happen on live television... \n\nPoor @Lauratobin1 pic.twitter.com/X5FgnP5cXR
— Good Morning Britain (@Good Morning Britain)
One of the most obvious – but still pretty enjoyable – April Fools' moments came bright and early on Good Morning Britain, where presenter Laura Tobin was visiting RHS Garden Wisley.
She was talking to one of the staff about a ‘unique’ plant that had been cultivated just for her, when disaster struck – only, it was a joke everyone saw coming a mile off. Any casting directors looking for the next big star might want to take a look at guest Matt’s acting skills, too, after that powerhouse display.
Still, we don’t mind a bit of harmless fun on April 1.
Walkers for real should actually make these crisps
Introducing our new Sandwich Crisps. The best thing since sliced bread #CrispInpic.twitter.com/6fPQiiTqSf
Yes, we know these new cheese and onion ‘giant bread shaped crisps’ are a joke, but we’d actually love to give them a go.
Just imagine the crisp butty you could make with one of these huge sandwich-shaped beauties.
“Now, lovers of the lunchtime crisp sandwich can enjoy the delicious crunch of Walkers crisps without having to worry,” the press release reads.
“The limited-edition crisp, which is available in single packs and family packs of 20, one for each sandwich weekday (based on a sandwich of 4), will only be available on shelves nationwide during the month of April.”
Very good from Walkers, we have to say.
Have I Got Your News For You goes big
BREAKING: Boris Johnson resigns over partygate.
— Have I Got News For You (@Have I Got News For You)
We nearly had a heart attack when we saw this on our timeline, but it turns out it’s just one of the boldest jokes of the day.
There's a new voice in town, and their name is\u2026.Rylexa? We can work on the name @Rylan . \n\nHave a go today by saying "Alexa, Hello" or \u201cAlexa, what\u2019s your name?\u201d #Rylexapic.twitter.com/YrZ6ElHkxN
They really got our hopes up with this oneChannel Seven
Australia’s TV Tonight might have given us the meanest prank yet, after falsely claiming that Neighbours was coming back to channel Seven.
The long-running soap was cancelled recently, leaving fans bereft, and viewers thought their prayers had been answered after the programme ran a new story claiming it was coming back.
“Yup, annual April Fools' Day post,” it later confirmed.
JetBlue's new travel route
Need to get from Jamaica to Jackson Heights, but the Van Wyck is jammed? Take our newest route, The Queens Express, the fastest way to get across NYC's biggest borough. Learn more: https://www.jetblue.com/flying-with-us/queens-express\u00a0\u2026pic.twitter.com/0eu83F8c50
US airline JetBlue trolled people struggling to get across Queens, New York, on one of the busiest stretches of road in the city by helpfully suggesting they jump on a plane from JFK to LaGuardia. Very helpful indeed.
Frankie and Benny’s bans ketchup
Condiments to the chefFrankie and Benny's
Frankie and Benny’s is getting in on the act by ‘announcing’ that guests are no longer permitted to use condiments in their restaurants.
Matt Pouchotek, Brand Manager at Frankie & Benny’s, said: “Our new menu additions are some of our best to date and we wanted to think of a way to encourage our guests to enjoy their true, uninterrupted flavours. By stopping people from adding condiments such as tomato ketchup and mayonnaise should allow them to enjoy the dishes in authentic, Italian fashion.”
Anti-gravity weight class
Weightless fitness classes?Anytime Fitness
Anytime Fitness UK involved themselves by announcing ‘Mars Muscles’, a class that includes anti-gravity kettlebells and allows “anyone of any strength level to lift the heaviest of weights”.
“We’re always looking for fun, new classes to engage our members but this has eclipsed anything we’ve tried before,” said an Anytime Fitness trainer.
“Using the latest technology, we’ve managed to create these incredible anti-gravity kettlebells which are completely alien to anything ever seen in a gym before. Our members can’t wait to try this and we hope to see plenty of people try it for themselves; we guarantee your muscles will be working all the way from your head to Uranus.”
Tomato flavoured ketchup anyone?
Introducing Tomato Ketchup Toothpaste from Pro Care Get yours now: https://bit.ly/3K110ii\u00a0pic.twitter.com/fzTEPboURN
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