Internet pratfalls abound on April 1, and green websites are getting in on the fun. Here are four green April Fool’s pranks that had become popular in the Internet during different years on the day of April 1.
Al Gore’s Vegan Nubs
In 2009, Ecorazzi put forth a story about guru of green launching a new line of 100 per cent organic vegan frozen foods.
Products included Al Gore’s Vegan Nubs, Al Gore’s Vegan Pizza Rolls, Al Gore’s Soy Poppers and Al Gore’s Vegan Buffalo Fingers.
A mock-up of future packaging featured the Nobel Prize winner’s face below some not-so-tasty-looking nuggets.
Oil company testimony
Act Green produced a story about oil executives giving testimony on the Hill about how they are sorry for everything they’ve done to our planet.
The story said, five oil company executives appeared at a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, on April 1, 2008. The executives Senior Vice President of Exxon Mobil Stephen Simon, President of Shell Oil John Hofmeister, Vice Chairman of Chevron Peter Robertson, Executive Vice President of ConocoPhillips John Lowe and Chairman/President of BP America Robert Malone testified at the House select committee hearing on energy independence and global warming. Robertson, began his testimony with an apology to the people of the world on behalf of the Big Oil companies for standing in the way of vital global warming legislation. He promised that the $123 billion profits of these five companies in 2007 would be directly invested into research and implementation of clean, renewable sources of energy such as wind, solar, and geothermal. Tears streaming down his face, Robertson stated “I only hope my grandchildren can forgive me.”
Super eco-friendly business cards
Moo Blog on April 1, 200 9 wrote: Moo, a printing company that already makes recycled paper products, is selling a kit for “super eco-friendly business cards,” which is actually just a craft kit for you to paint over and reuse other people’s cards. Yes, it takes just four simple steps and only 25 minutes to create a super eco-friendly business card. That’s just 1,250 minutes to make a complete pack of 50. (Or just over 20 hours for those who like their time the old fashioned way!)
Organic air at whole foods
Whole Food Market Canda played a prank with customers on April 1, 2009. The natural foods grocer revealed a new product on its website. The website saud has re-designed its entire website with ridiculous products, each one better than the next. It said organic air is $6.99 and comes in four varieties. Recipes included grackle tetrazzini, chianti-gorgonzola popsicles, and toast. A new store has opened up in Antarctica.
Some easy pranks
With April fool’s day looming, some of you are worried about what type of tricks your friends, family, and co-workers have up their sleeves. Spice up your April Fool’s Day with some pranks that will either help green the world or at least won’t generate waste. Here are some ideas for a greener April 1.
• Cook vegetarian food: Many of you may have family members that are meat lovers, therefore, why not try to prank them by cooking a vegetarian feast full of meat substitutes? Try some vegetarian recipes.
• Unplug everything: Are you an eco-conscious person worried about wasting electricity? If so, fool your family members by unplugging every appliance in your home in order to save energy! If you go a step further, you can even cut off the electricity to create a fake power failure.
• No hot water! Have family members or friends who take their time with long hot showers every day? Cut off the supply of hot water so they can only take chill and fast shower. Saves time and water!
• Animals revenge: Rent a cattle, pig or sheep costume (ask your friends to act as animals with you). Hide yourself in the room of a meat lover friend’s and surprise them by jumping out suddenly and questioning them “Why do you eat me!?”
• Guerrilla gardening: Plant a native plant in a neighbour’s yard late at night.