Friday, 18 March 2011

Pranks and April Fools' to design...Communication is a virus.

1. An appealing prank: 
-For each slice into a banana, insert a threaded needle through one of the fruit's "corners" (where the edges of the peel meet) and out an adjacent corner, leaving a small tail of thread dangling for later.
-Insert the needle back through the exit hole you just made and push it through to the next corner, pulling all but a small loop of thread along with it. Continue from corner to corner until you return to the beginning, then push the needle out through the first hole you made.
-Gather the 2 thread ends and carefully pull them out simultaneously; the thread will slice through the banana. Repeat the threading for as many slices as you'd like, then get ready to wow your family with this new breed of snack food! 

2. Tricky Coin:

-Glue a quarter or dollar coin to the floor or the ground in a busy place. Sit nearby and watch as people try to pick it up. 

3. Find a box about the size of a cake. Then cover it with frosting, making it look like a cake. Then put it out in the office kitchen, or wherever people leave free food. Sit back as one of your co-workers tries to cut a slice.

4. Switch the "pull" and "push" sign on a set of doors.
5. Put some water in a cereal bowl, and place it in the freezer so that the water freezes. Offer to make your sister/brother cereal in the morning. Make sure you use that same bowl. Put their favourite cereal over the top of the ice, and serve.

6. The Left-Handed Whopper

-1998: Burger King published a full page advertisement in USA Today announcing the introduction of a new item to their menu: a "Left-Handed Whopper" specially designed for the 32 million left-handed Americans. According to the advertisement, the new whopper included the same ingredients as the original Whopper (lettuce, tomato, hamburger patty, etc.), but all the condiments were rotated 180 degrees for the benefit of their left-handed customers. The following day Burger King issued a follow-up release revealing that although the Left-Handed Whopper was a hoax, thousands of customers had gone into restaurants to request the new sandwich. Simultaneously, according to the press release, "many others requested their own 'right handed' version." 

7.Whistling Carrots
-2002: The British supermarket chain Tesco published an advertisement in The Sun announcing the successful development of a genetically modified 'whistling carrot.' The ad explained that the carrots had been specially engineered to grow with tapered airholes in their side. When fully cooked, these airholes caused the vegetable to whistle.

From my research, I thought that these seven were particularly strong, and could easily be developed or manipulated into a realistic and easy-to-reproduce-April Fools' day prank. Ideally, we are aiming to create a "top ten"- though when grouping with the other memebers of the design team, we can develop more ideas when we combine our individual research.

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