Saturday, April 1, 2017

Fools Rush In

If we were in ancient Rome, this would be the Festival of Hilaria.  So let us celebrate the festival of Hilaria in style today!

If we consider Wikipedia's observation, we will be on the look-out for pranks - "
With the advent of the Internet and readily available global news services, April Fools' pranks can catch and embarrass a wider audience than ever before."

So before I go discover what might be in the Globe and Mail, I took a spin with a google search.

The Telegraph headline today is April Fool's Day:  all the best fake news
April Fool's day is usually only observed by children, that 'really hilarious' person in your office and journalists who have to write about it.
And of course, the people in charge of press for large companies, who spend the days before April Fool's sending over weird, wonderful and sometimes tiresome press releases.
In a time of fake news as well as weird and wonderful real news, you'd be forgiven for thinking some of these were real."

So the article proceeds to showcase the best April 1st news stories  - so check out the link.

There are so many that it is hard to pick out the best one so I picked two for your pets.


"Amazon Echo - for pets!

"Now, wouldn't this be nice if it were true - which it clearly isn't. Amazon claims to have updated its Alexa personal assistant to make it compatible for pets.

Introducing Petlexa! The Petlexa feature allows dogs, cats, and other animals to communicate with Alexa just like you do. The Petlexa feature gives pets the freedom to place orders from Amazon, and to activate smart home enabled toys."

"Introducing the world's first hot tub for birds
Guarantee your feathered friends aviary good time with Wilko’s brand new Hot Tub for Birds  – the ideal garden accessory for bird lovers looking for a modern upgrade to the traditional bird bath. 
Complete with mini-jets for a truly relaxing spa(rrow) experience, this is the perfect way to attract beautiful British birds into your garden and allow them to play, splash and wash. The flow of bubbles mean it will never freeze in cold weather, offering fresh drinking water all year round - creating an eye-catching centrepiece for any outdoor space.  
Big enough to make sure your garden birds are never left owl by themselves and that it never gets hawk-ward, this bubblicious hot tub is sure to attract birds in their flocks.
Priced at an affordable £25, plans are already underway to release a bird-friendly bubble bath later this year – the ultimate pampering for your feathered friends.
Neil Fairhurst, Pet Buyer at Wilko, commented: “We’ve got a soft spot for wild birds here at Wilko and know our customers love to make the most of their outdoor space to encourage natural wildlife into their gardens. Hot tubs are the centrepiece for many British gardens, but why should they be reserved for humans? Birds deserve bubbles, too!”
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