April Fool's Day – with a Malaysian twist


PETALING JAYA: Several Malaysians got fooled on April 1 after several social media pages pulled off some epic pranks.

Golden Screen Cinemas (GSC) told their customers that the movie Fast & Furious 8 had been "postponed indefinitely" due to the "intense chemistry" between two of the film's characters.

On their Facebook page, GSC said that the chemistry between two main characters played by Dwayne the Rock Johnson and Jason Statham was so intense that the movie had to undergo an "internal review".

Furthermore, GSC said that they would not refund customers who have purchased Fast 8 tickets – "because it is 1st April"!

To "apologise" for the prank, GSC compensated their customers with free cupcakes at GSC cinemas nationwide at 3pm on Saturday to celebrate their birthday.


Some assembly needed

Much to the anger of several netizen parents, Ikea Malaysia announced their new plan to transform Småland from a playground into a "press-play-ground".

"Our studies of children's play habits reveal that today's kids prefer tablets to physical activity. So we're replacing the magical forest with a haven of sitting pods with tablets – recreating the way your kids play," said Ikea on their Facebook page on Friday.

However, they later revealed that it was an April Fools prank.

"Thank you for being so passionate about our recent post on updating Småland! Like some of you guessed, it was all an April Fool's joke," they said in a post on Saturday.

"Children are the most important people in the world and we understand that they play in many different ways.

"Like many of you, we also believe that physical play is crucial to their growth, happiness and development.

"Your kids are always welcome to jump, climb, run, and bounce at our magical forests, ball pits and tree houses because Småland is here to stay," said Ikea.

Spicing things up 

Online Malaysian portal cilisos also pulled off an epic prank (at least, we hope it is) announcing the retirement of the original cilisos team.

"After 3 long years, CILISOS has reached another turning point. As I turn 38 this year, I've come to realise that I'm no longer in touch with all the things millennials talk about – and you readers have noticed the same," wrote the cilisos "big boss" Chak on Saturday.

It announced that "anyone over the age of 27" will be leaving and will be replaced by millennial.

Prickly smoothie

Boost Juice Bars Malaysia also punked Malaysians by announcing their "new" durian smoothie that is only available on April 1.

Boost said that the smoothie combines musang king durian, bananas, vanilla yoghurt, apple juice, ice and an energiser booster.

We are not sure whether we are intrigued or grossed out by the idea of this smoothie.

Hello, this is the future calling

BMW Malaysia teased Malaysians by advertising their "BMW ConnectedDrive".

"Introducing the all-new BMW ConnectedDisplay Key, the first smartphone that is integrated into the BMW Display Key, offering you greater connectivity so you can focus on the essentials of your life," said BMW, while attaching a photo for added effect.

BMW later popped the bubble by saying that the BMW ConnectedDisplay Key innovation is not available yet. Bummer, Bimmer!

Take my Dollahs!

We have to give Audi Malaysia a pat on the back for coming up with D.O.L.L.A.H. – the acronym for its Dynamic Operational Lateral Logic Assistive Heuristics.

In an elaborate prank, Audi Malaysia even created a promotional video for Dollah, along with a catchy description on their Facebook page.

"#DOLLAH is customised for Malaysian drivers and designed for our glorious roads," said Audi Malaysia.

"Can't find parking, don't worry as Dollah engages its 'Auto Double Parking Finder' feature that shortens your time looking for proper parking.

"While the 'Manglish Heads Up Display' increases your comprehension of GPS while reducing the guiding errors," it said.

It even has a Pot-hole Avoidance Guide Assisted Radar (Pagar) to ensure a smooth journey!

A new sound for Asean Now

Lastly, even our very own Asean Now team gave readers a double-take with a special April Fools voice switch-up!

Presenter Danial Albakri seemed to have sported a more feminine voice in his latest Asean news roundup.

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