We’re usually rather good at April Fools’ Day jokes. You might recall that (hilarious) time you tried to book B&B at Buckingham Palace, sleep aboard Boris’ bendy buses, join the Mile High Club or turn your bedroom into a DIY boutique boudoir. But this year, we thought you’d soon see through any such shenanigans. So instead, we’ve gathered up the best travel-related buffoonery and press pranks we could find from
a quick Google search around the globe today. The twist? One’s a real story…
SOLVING THE HEAVYWEIGHT CARRY-ON CRISIS
Cosmos Holidays announced a new lightweight luggage range, set to revolutionise air travel by liberating passengers from cumbersome carry-ons with a highly adaptable, flexible solution, dubbed Nimble. Definitely going on Style Monitor’s wish-list.
HIGHLIGHTING AUSTRALIA’S HEMISPHERIC REHOMING
As news broke that the earth’s tilt is changing, faster-than-expected equatorial slippage pointed to the likelihood of Australia being drawn into the Northern Hemisphere by 2055, according to boffins on Google’s Down Under news channel.
HIP HIP HOORAY FOR LONDON’S PYGMY HIPPO CAFE
As reported in the Metro (knowingly or not? we’d like to find out) London Zoo has launched pop-up dining event the Happy Hippo Café, where evening visitors could watch two adorable new pygmy hippo pups (George and Bungle) at feeding time, followed by games tournaments and hippo-themed snacks. We are sad this isn’t true: we love a game of Hungry Hippos.
LEAN IN FOR ROOMS AT PISA’S MOST HISTORIC HOTEL
The Telegraph‘s Travel pages brought news that Italian authorities have given permission to turn the Leaning Tower of Pisa into a luxury hotel. Those vague ‘Dubai investors’ so often plucked from obscurity to back some barmy development scheme have allegedly signed a 50-year lease on the iconically wonky erection.
THE ULTIMATE ICE GALA: WORLD’S COOLEST CASINO OPENS
Following research (presumably by frostbite-enduring scienceographers), gamers concentrate harder and gamblers perform better at sub-zero temperatures. Cue: giant igloo-shaped ice casino, launching in Sweden in winter this year. While visitors chill out on carved-ice chairs at carved-ice blackjack tables, they can exchange cold hard cash for chipped-ice chips…
MO’ BRANSON IN BRANSON, MO
Sir Richard Branson is to plant Virgin’s business roots in his family namesake of Branson, Missouri – home of Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede. To celebrate, one of Virgin’s jetliners has been rechristened Jolene, and will stream the Dolly Channel on its in-flight entertainment system en route (but only from 9 to 5).
BJORKWORLD PLANS REVEALED IN REYKJAVIK
Iceland’s hottest musical export, Björk, is to be honoured with her own amusement park (er, Hello Dolly). I bet you’re wondering how we knew? Oh, we heard it on the Grapevine.
WUFFINGTON POST: LEARN TO SPEAK DOG
The international language-learning programme Rosetta Stone has cracked canine speech patterns, enabling professors to offer Dog-Human language courses for the first time. Woof.
BRICK LANE CAFE CONCOCTS EGGSELENT EASTER COCKTAIL
Hipster all-day-breakfast spot the Cereal Killer Café – where the coolest kids go for breakfast, lunch and sometimes dinner – has launched an Easter-themed cocktail, The sugar-laden milk-topped mini-meal has been called the Easter Eggstravaganza, and consists of Toffee Crisp, Golden Nuggets, Peeps, Cadbury Mini Eggs, Kinder Egg and milk. It’s Eggsellent, natch.
LAST, BUT NOT YEAST… THE GIANT JAR OF VEGEMITE
Vegemite announced plans to ‘open’ (haha) a 60-foot ‘interactive’ jar of the savoury spread in time for Australia Day 2016. We’d like to raise a toast…