April Fool’s Day 2020: To Prank or Not to Prank?

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This year’s April Fool’s day is a little hard to pull off. Amidst the coronavirus situation which has since evolved into a pandemic with almost 900,000 cases worldwide at the point of writing, one can only wonder if it is appropriate to carry on with this tradition in an attempt to keep 2020 light-hearted and brave the risk of being shot down by sensitive online users.

Razer: No Pranks This April

Razer, in particular, has decided to call it off, even though it was something their marketing team and communities have been eagerly working on since the start of the year.

Instead, its CEO Min-Liang Tan has decided to direct the attention to what’s more relevant and more responsible in light of the current pandemic.

Min-Liang Tan Razer April Fools
Image Source: Min-Liang Tan (Facebook)

And it’s no joke at all.

The biggest thing they did to help the COVID-19 outbreak? Having some of their manufacturing lines converted to produce masks, and committed to donate up to one million of these certified masks to health authorities around the world.

Read more about it on their official campaign page.

Companies in Singapore Who Believe That The Pranks Must Go On

1. Subway Durian Menu

5 days before the actual day of the prank, Subway Singapore posted an exotic sub on its social media pages, called the Subway Durian Delite.

As much as some people would like this to be true, it was just a little joke and the king of fruits remains off-menu.

On the flip side, Subway will be picking 5 fools in the comments section to have a Subway meal delivered to their doorsteps.

2. YouTrip Mini

YouTrip decides to announce a ‘revolutionary’ travel card replacement the instant the clock strikes midnight on the 1st of April, calling it YouTrip mini.

All regular-sized YouTrip card will be scheduled for replacement by the end of 2020.

Or so they said.

Saving a little space in your wallet may be good, but having a card 25% of its size just wouldn’t work for practical reasons like inserting it into a chip reader.

So, Nah. YouTrip Mini card is just a hoax, where the team thought that it would be a fun way to send out a more positive message to their users.

And that message is to persuade each and everyone one of us to continue supporting local businesses (Guidesify included!) in any way we can, preventing the dreaded word, downsizing.

Nevertheless, YouTrip is might send a little mini something to the ‘fools’ who were baited by their little prank. You too could drop your details and keep an eye for it here.

3. NAFA: A Diploma in Content Creation (TikTok)

Always wanted to be an influencer on popular social media platform TikTok? Well, look no further as the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts is proud to announce that they have heard us and will offer the diploma some time in Neverland!

But hey, once upon a time, people were joking about social media being a career too. And guess what? Companies all over the world are hiring social media managers which pays a relatively decent salary.

You never know!

4. Ichiban Sushi Coriander Maki

There are 2 types of people in this world, coriander or NO to coriander.

Ichiban Sushi may decide to bait us with coriander maki, but the Guidesify Team for one would love to try it if it was real.

5. Tuk Tuk Cha Coriander Thai Milk Tea

Yet another prank on Coriander.

Many comments were furious at the fact that they would want to try the special healthy drink for real, and not wait for the released date – 1st April 2030.

One commenter was savage enough to say this:

Darwis Sunaryo Tuk Tuk Cha April Fools
Image Source: Tuk Tuk Cha (Facebook Page)

Who knows? Things may come full circle in a decade’s time and becomes Tuk Tuk Cha’s #bestthaimilkteainSG.

6. Ooh Mala Marshmallows (Limited Edition)

From the looks of how Ooh had come up with the physical manifestation of its joke instead of photoshopping it has gotten us to wonder…

Maybe, this could be a real treat, having both sweet and spicy at the same time?

7. 4Fingers Chickaboba

With soy garlic ikura pearls, seaweed fatty fries and whatnot, all on a single chicken drumstick, 4Fingers has really outdone themselves this year.

The R&D team must have been really high to think of this.

Jaejoong’s Coronavirus Prank Gone Wrong

There are certain things in life that no one should ever joke about. Not even on April’s Fool Day.

COVID-19 is one of them.

JYJ member Jaejoong gave the public a shock with his earlier Instagram post, alarming his fans that he has been hospitalised with the coronavirus.

In less than an hour, the April Fool’s post is quickly updated and clarified to be an April Fool’s day prank. As translated by allkpop, his updated Instagram post reads as follows:

“To have someone you love or someone precious to you be infected with a virus? It is a heartbreaking thing. Despite that fact, there are so many people who are still roaming the streets, acting as if it won’t ever happen to them; many people are worried that their family and loved ones may fall ill because of such people. Mistakenly thinking that you and the people around you will remain safe can do a lot of damage. Many of my acquaintances and staff are also seeing their loved ones testing positive for the virus. This is not a faraway story. I do not think that you can end with just tears when sorrow caused by carelessness becomes reality. Let’s maintain the current alertness.. This prank was much too out of hand for a simple April Fool’s joke, but many people worried for me in a short period of time. This is definitely not something that only happens to other people! I wanted to tell everyone that protecting yourself is also the solution to protecting others. I will receive all the punishment that I am due for this post. I hope you will all stay healthy.”
on his Instagram April Fool’s “Prank” Post

That post was then removed and replaced with another one:

View this post on Instagram

해서는 안 될 행동이라고도 저 스스로도 인식하고 있습니다. 먼저 제가 SNS 쓴 글로 인해 코로나 바이러스 19로 인해 피해 받으신 분들, 행정업무에 지장을 받으신 분들께 진심으로 죄송하다는 말씀과 사과드립니다. 옳지 않다는 판단. 알고 있습니다. 현재 느슨해진 바이러스로부터의 대처 방식과 위험성의 인식. 코로나 바이러스 19로 인해 피해 받을 분들을 최소화시키기 위해 경각심을 가졌으면 하는 마음에서 메시지를 전달하고 싶었습니다. 봄이 찾아와 따뜻해진 계절의 야외에서의 여가생활, 개학이 미뤄지고 여유로워진 시간을 활용한 밀폐된 공간에서의 접촉 등으로 제2의 제3의 코로나 패닉을 낳을 수 있다는 생각에 너무나 무섭습니다. 저의 아버지도 얼마 전 폐암 수술을 받으시고 줄곧 병원에 다니셨습니다. 그러면서 병원에 계신 의료진과 환자들을 보면서 뭔가 화가 나기도 하고 바이러스가 남의 일이 아니라 자신의 일이었다면 하는 생각이 들었습니다. 그래서 정작 코로나 바이러스 19로 인해 벗어나고자 노력하는 분들과는 반대로 평상시와 다를 바 없는 복장과 마스크를 착용하지 않은채 여가생활을 즐기고 계시는 분들이 많다는 이야기에 경각심이 필요 하다 생각 했습니다 다양한 정보매체와 인터넷에서도 크고 작은 주의를 요청하고 있는 가운데 그 이야기를 들어주지 않는 사람들에게 어떻게해서든 현시점의 위험성을 전달하고 싶었습니다. “제발. 귀 기울여주세요. 제발. 아프지 말고 아픔을 겪지 마세요.” 라구요. 제 주변에서마저도 확진자가 생겨나고 있습니다. 먼 곳의 이야기가 아니란 걸 확신했고 두려움은 배로 느껴졌습니다. 사람을 잃고 나서야 반성하는 태도는 아무런 도움이 되지 않습니다. 답답하고 힘들지만 지금보다 더.. 조금 더 노력해서 이 힘든 시기를 함께 이겨내고 싶습니다. 오늘의 글..지나치지만, 지나칠 정도의 관심을 가져주신다면 이야를 들어주지 않을까라는 방법이 많은 분들에게 상처를 드리고 비난을 받고 있습니다. 제 글로 인하여 코로나 바이러스를 위해 애쓰시는 정부기관과 의료진들 그리고 지침에 따라 생활을 포기 하며 극복을 위해 힘쓰는 많은 분들께 상심을 드린 점 진심으로 사과드립니다.

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Which Google translates to:

I recognize that it was an act that I should not have done. First of all, I apologize and apologize to all those who suffered from Corona Virus 19 and administrative problems due to my writing on SNS. A judgment that was not right. I know.
The current lax approach to coping with viruses and awareness of danger. I wanted to deliver the message, out of the mind that I’d like to minimize the damage to Corona Virus 19.
It is scary to think that you can have a second coronavirus panic as the relaxing summer vacation comes and you are outdoors in warmer seasons or in enclosed spaces. My father had lung cancer recently and he’s been in the hospital. And I think, when I look at the doctors and patients in the hospital, I get angry about something and think if the virus was my work, not someone else’s. So I thought it was necessary to pay attention to the fact that, contrary to the fact that people are trying to escape from the Corona Virus 19, many people are enjoying their lives without wearing any clothes and masks as if these were normal times. I also wanted to convey to the various media platforms and the Internet, the big and small requests for attention, the danger of today’s time. “Please. Please listen. Please. Don’t get sick. Don’t suffer.” That’s it. There’s an upturn around me. I was convinced it wasn’t far away, and my fear felt full. It doesn’t help to reflect on yourself after losing someone.
It is frustrating and difficult, but I want to overcome this difficult time together by trying a little more than now. Today’s post…It’s a bit overwhelming, but it’s hurting and criticizing many people for not telling them how to listen to them if they give them too much attention. I sincerely apologize to the government, health care workers and many people who have taken up their lives in compliance with the guidelines for the Coronavirus, which I’ve written for.
on his Instagram Apology Post

What do you think?

Does having good intentions justify his sensitive, or rather, insensitive coronavirus joke on April Fool’s? Let us know in the comments below!

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