It’s the cruellest of Aprils for many years, but charities are still keeping our spirits up with April Fools’ Day jokes.
1. Dinosaur Park
Oxford’s Magdalen College is using the lockdown to create its dinosaur park. Model dinosaurs, of course.
A silver lining of the lockdown is that one of Magdalen's most ambitious plans of recent years has finally been realised: the College dinosaur park. This 3 metre tall triceratops is the first of five giant models planned for College. Keep posted. Fl-rroarr-eat Magdalen-arrggh!!! pic.twitter.com/Cm85YjAbgS
— Magdalen College (@magdalenoxford) April 1, 2020
2. National Trust squirrels away a treat
Those red squirrels need all the help they can get, it seems.
This winter, rangers on Brownsea Island discovered that forgetful red squirrels had misplaced their nuts.
Watch our video to find out how squirrel-sized sign posts can lead them back to their food. pic.twitter.com/WwwojVtjNt
— National Trust (@nationaltrust) April 1, 2020
3. Animal magic
ZSL London Zoo staff must really love 1st April…
Shout out to all my ex-colleagues @zsllondonzoo for who April Fools was always the busiest day of the year.
"Can I speak to Mr C Lion?"
"Can I speak to Mr G Raffe?"
"Can I speak to Allie Gator?"
"Can I speak to Sue Keeper?"
"Can I speak to Sally Mander?"
etc. etc. etc.
— David Lacey (@_David_Lacey) April 1, 2020
It looks like other zoos are on the receiving end of this jollity on this day too:
Have you ever been caught by an April Fool’s prank? If so, what was it?
My “favourite” was being in work & convinced to call a Mr G. Raffe back. In full work mode, I called the number…. turns out I’d called Bristol Zoo and asked to speak to a giraffe…..
— Ian (@IanMullen3) April 1, 2020
4. CRM-VR from Beacon
Today is the perfect day for charity CRM specialists Beacon to introduce their unbelievably powerful new tool.
We're really excited to announce our breakthrough new product: Beacon CRM-VR – Your team's virtual reality interface to your Beacon database. https://t.co/lvKMGch44y #CRM #VR pic.twitter.com/KHZ2dMX80B
— Beacon (@beacon_crm) April 1, 2020
5. A greener Google
This one fooled quite a few people. A very plausible news release appears to show Google and Alphabet deciding to stop “funding climate denial”.
The CEO Sundar Pichai seems to say: “We will stop our funding of organisations that deny or work to block action on climate change, effective immediately”.
There is a pledge and even an apology for its actions in the past.
You’ve guessed it. It is activism on April Fool’s Day. It is a parody site set up by Extinction Rebellion to call on Google to do much more in terms of tackling climate crisis.
Want to fight climate change from home? Join us @ScientistsX @ExtinctionR
in a digital action on April 1st.
Go to https://t.co/RRPVrxdIwB and input your email to get full information Raised fist#AprilFools #AprilFoolsDay #GreenerGoogle #ExtinctionRebellion #XR #DigitalAction
— Extinction Rebellion Hackney (@XRHackney) April 1, 2020
6. Not April Fools
The first day of April can be a tricky time to announce an event or a new product.
— #CharityHour (@CharityHourUK) April 1, 2020
7. Past charity April Fools’ Day jokes
- Charities that mades us smile on April Fools’ Day 2017 (1 April 2017)
- 5 great charity April Fools 2016 (1 April 2016)
- Charities raise a smile on April Fools’ Day jokes (1 April 2015)
8. Watch charity April Fools’ Day 2017
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