21 of the funniest and most cringe April Fools’ Day 2021 jokes
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April Fools’ Day might not have the same meaning during a pandemic but it’s always a chance for publications, brands, celebrities and just about anyone to get as creative as possible and try and catch everyone out.

Last year, people weren’t quite in the mood for any hijinx on 1st April as it was right at the beginning of Covid and many of us were forced to stay at home under lockdown restrictions.

However, this year is a little different and people seem to be flexing their funny bones in an attempt to get us to cry with laughter and not groan over any cringe-worthy jokes.

Good Morning Britain got things going in the UK when it announced a new version of Love Island called ‘Dove Island’ which will feature birds that are lonely. Appropriately the show will be made in the ‘Canary Islands.’ Sounds like the sort of reality show that David Attenborough could get behind.

Subway also tried to pull the wool over our eyes with their ‘Helping Hand’ device which allows anyone who has brought one of their footlong sandwiches to carry on using their phones while eating. We’re not sure how practical it would be to have an extra hand strapped to your wrist but this isn’t a terrible idea...

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Have you ever dreamed of quenching your thirst with the taste of Heinz’s Cream of Tomato Soup? Well, your dreams have come true as Heinz has joined forces with Innocent Smoothies to create ‘Smoup’. We can actually see this catching on in some parts of east London...

In another joke which isn’t too bad of an idea, Keepmoat Homes announced that they would be installing ‘hot tea taps’ in their future houses which sounds dangerous but is definitely something that everyone would try at least once.

Argos joked that they would be selling a Treadmow, which would allow people to keep fit while cutting the grass. Once again: a decent idea.

Sadly, we can’t say the same about BirdsEye’s waffle toaster which is well...just a toaster.

With office spaces in London becoming more and more sought after O&A Property has made the prestigious announcement that Buckingham Palace will be turned into a very royal office space. Would probably have a decent canteen too...

If you often struggle to get a good night’s sleep on your regular mattress then why not try a concrete mattress as brought to you by Happy Beds. It’s firm and doesn’t attract bed bugs.

After the debacle in the Suez Canal which saw a huge container ship block one of the most important trading channels in the world, The Guardian reports that a ‘Suez 2’ is in consideration along the border of Israel and Egypt and the UK is said to be involved. An official is quoted as saying, “We have the expertise and could share our preliminary designs for the proposed tunnel links to Northern Ireland.”

A bank account for dogs? Now I’ve seen everything.

If K-Pop sensations BTS are your thing then you may be interested to learn that band member Hobi pranked fans by pretending to dye his hair red that apparently has some sort of significance that has gone right over this particular writer’s head.

It really wouldn’t be April Fools’ Day without Nigel Farage. The former politician and Brexit Party leader turned influencer has come up with an idea for the worst theme park ever, according to South London Press. The superhero-themed attraction will be built near his old school, Dulwich College and will be called JokerLand. Rides are said to include Slash Mountain, Mission Brussels, and the Farage Fear Fall.

The Teletubbies (there’s a name you probably didn’t expect to hear in 2021) have gotten into the cryptocurrency game by releasing a Tubbycoin which is reportedly being developed at the WildBrain Labs research facility in the Coachella Valley. If this would have been released on any day other than April Fools’ we’d have probably believed this one.

Ant and Dec caused a minor uproar with their prank as the veteran presenting pair announced that they would be changing their names around to ‘Dec and Ant’.

Not all April Fools’ Day jokes come off without a hitch. Volkswagen announced their joke two days before 1st April. The car manufacturer announced that they would be changing their name to ‘Voltswagen’ to coincide with the company going electric. However, the joke backfired as it appeared the German firm was more committed to making jokes about electric vehicles and actually undermined the car industry’s efforts to make cars more eco-friendly.

After taking a break last year, due to Covid, the Wimbledon tennis championship will be returning this year, albeit without crowds. However, that might be a blessing in disguise as we can’t imagine people will be too happy with the new grass colour, which has turned purple in conjunction with Robinsons, the long term drinks sponsor of the tournament.

EastEnders even got in the act. We’re sure if you watch the popular BBC soap that you’ll find this funny.

Creators of organic diary Yeo Valley that their cows have had a new ‘Moo-R Code’ shaved into them which, if you scan one, apparently takes you to one of the animal’s social media profiles.

If you’ve known the pain of stepping on an actual LEGO brick then you would’ve probably been delighted to hear that the company have invented ‘SmartBricks.’ We’re not sure how they can tell the difference between your hands and feet but they would definitely relieve a lot of people of agony.

Of course, Piers Morgan had to get involved by joking that he was returning to Good Morning Britain, just a few weeks after he dramatically quit following criticism of his coverage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s interview with Oprah Winfrey.

On a less funny note, the controversial and outspoken Laurence Fox, who is running to become mayor of London, posted his own April Fools’ where he announced that he will be working with climate change activists Extinction Rebellion to make a documentary about Greta Thunberg. Lol - making jokes about the future of the planet being under threat and a teenage girl, nice one...

Finally, Google wasn’t in the mood for any jokes though and for the second year in a row, the tech firm would not be creating any elaborate pranks. In a statement, the firm said: “In 2020, we made the decision to pause our longstanding Google tradition of celebrating April Fools’ Day, out of respect for all those fighting COVID-19. With much of the world still grappling with serious challenges, we will again pause the jokes for April Fools’ Day in 2021.”

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