Yodelling video game? Playboy mansion in NZ? It's April 1

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  • Wednesday, 01 Apr 2009

SYDNEY (Reuters Life!) - Video gamers with a yearning for yodelling now have a new XBox 360 game with songs such as "Whose spit is in my horn?"

Popular New Zealand tourist town Rotorua (www.rotoruanz.com) says a pervasive rotten egg smell is such a powerful aphrodisiac that Hugh Hefner wants to build a Playboy mansion there.

British newspaper The Guardian will only publish stories on social networking service Twitter, where messsages are limited to 140 characters.

Can't be true? It isn't.

Wednesday is April 1 and media outlets, companies, politicians and other jokers have come up with a range of April Fools' hoaxes.

Tourism Minister Tim Holding from the Australian state of Victoria announced that Melbourne would bid to host the Running of the Bulls through the city's laneways, stealing the event from Pamplona in Spain that has held it since the late 13th century.

"We are also in preliminary discussions with musical producers to rename the smash hit musical Bully Elliot for the week of the event," he said in a statement, dated April 1.

He wasn't the only Melburnian pulling pranks. Some people in the city awoke to find their cars wrapped in clingfilm, apparently a stunt by a local radio station.

Prank products offered on April 1 include a high-tech football with an inbuilt GPS and artificial intelligence so it can measure kicks to notify talent scouts, according to Google.

Diagrams on the Google website showed the gBall, which can be found using Google Maps, could be plugged into a computer and vibrates when a talent scout wants to speak with the owner.

Australian pen maker Artline ran newspaper adverts promoting a new line of pens with "microchip tracking" for owners sick of people borrowing their pens and never returning them. It did come clean on its website (http://www.artline.com.au).

April Fools' Day dates back centuries but its origins remain unclear. A widespread theory is that it dates back to the adoption of the Gregorian calendar with the term April Fool applying to those who were still following the Julian Calendar.

By tradition in most countries, people can pull pranks before noon on April 1 in the name of April Fools' Day but become the fool if they do it in the afternoon.

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