Introducing the 'Edmonton Cup' - and other April Fools pranks
Published Sunday, April 1, 2012 6:59PM MDT
Last Updated Saturday, May 19, 2012 5:54AM MDT
It's April 1, and handful of high-profile companies took advantage of the day, getting in touch with their sillier sides – and in Alberta, two major sports teams joined in.
In Edmonton, the Oilers officially announced the ‘Edmonton Cup', a two-game series between the Oilers and the Edmonton Eskimos, with each team hosting a game on their home turf, or ice.
Each team would have to play the other's sport and the team with the most points at the end taking home the ‘Edmonton Cup'.
"The winner wins a lot of pride for our city," Oilers President and COO Patrick LaForge said in a video posted on the Edmonton Oilers website. "The loser makes a $10,000 cash donation to the Boys and Girls Club of Edmonton."
The president of the Edmonton Eskimos, Len Rhodes also appears in the video – questioning the Oilers thought process in coming up with the concept.
"I'm quite confident that we're going to beat the Oilers in the combined two-game series in total points," Rhodes said. "I'm not sure the Oilers thought this through, quite frankly."
"Game one is going to be held in their home [Rexall Place] and it's going to be the way hockey is played, one goal at a time.
"But when they come here, we score touchdowns, and that's seven points, so we're quite confident we have the upper hand."
Players from both teams also appear in the video – tongue firmly in cheek– with right wing and ‘wide receiver' Jordan Eberle talking about weight differences between football and hockey players, and how the Oilers would have to "use our speed" to skate around them.
Eskimos offensive line and ‘goaltender' Gord Hinse echoed Eberle's remark, but from the other side.
"We're just going to go out there, push some guys around," Hinse said. "They're big guys are 230 [lb.] and our big guys are 300 lb.," Hinse said. "We've got a big advantage there; we're just going to take it as far as we need to, to win."
Outside of the City of Champions, WestJet introduced child-free cabins on certain flights.
The new program, called ‘Kargo Kids' – allows children to fly in a ‘special VIP' area of an aircraft – the cargo hold, while adults stay in the main cabin.
"We are constantly looking for innovative and fun ways to enhance the guest experience," WestJet VP Communications Richard Bartrem said in a quote on WestJet's website. "The initial feedback on Kargo Kids has been quite positive and we're looking forward to the peace and quiet while we get families where they need to be."
Google got involved through several services, introducing 8-bit Quest Maps, offering a pixelated view of the world, major landmarks, and even the Loch Ness monster.
The setting was a preview for the ‘new' Google Maps on the Nintendo Entertainment System, a system that was originally released in the mid-1980s.
Youtube also took a page out of the past, and promoted the introduction of 'The YouTube Collection', a DVD collection of every YouTube video posted.
With files from Sean Amato