April Fool’s, now and then

You’ve probably guessed by now that Marc’s post about bacon popcorn below is a spoof. It may have been too plausible a concept; last year’s wildly improbable April Fool’s Digest did actually snare a few people.

Elsewhere on the foolish Web, Ethicurean frequent commenter and Vermont hog farmer Walter Jeffries has blasted off into space. And Ben & Jerry’s and the Center for Food Safety created an elaborate hoax involving Cyclone Dairy, a fictitious dairy company selling milk from 100% cloned cows, in order to gauge consumer reaction surrounding this issue. At least one smart blogger we know fell for it. (We would have, too.)

“April Fools! Ben & Jerry’s is just kidding about Cyclone Dairy – but we’re serious about the need for a system to track cloned animals,” said Walt Freese, Ben & Jerry’s “Chief Euphoria Officer” (ha ha; the press contact is listed as Grand Poobah of PR) in the press release. “Americans should have the basic right to choose the foods they want to eat.” The company, which is owned by Unilever, is advocating for a national clone-tracking program. We’ll scoop to that.

Over half a century ago on April 1, the BBC played a trick on a Britain still hungry from wartime rationing when its program “Panorama”  featured a Swiss family carrying out their annual spaghetti harvest. Thousands were fooled, and some viewers were so intrigued they wanted to find out where they could purchase their very own spaghetti bush, the BBC reported. Here’s a clip:

Know of other food hoaxes perpetrated today? Tell us in the comments.

5 Responsesto “April Fool’s, now and then”

  1. Steve says:

    Whole Foods’ front page of their website has all kindsa “jokes”:

  2. I totally fell for the bacon popcorn!!  I was reading the article and thinking mmmmm…. bacon…. want….

    So, has anyone actually tried this??  it sounds pretty delicious

  3. succubus says:

    There was  Squeezable Bacon one that went around.  Oddly enough, the Bacon Lube seems to be a real product.

  4. Asa says:

    whoops, I read this in an RSS feed reader, which cut out that last bit. That would be the “then.” Sorry.