Yodel videogame? Playboy mansion in NZ? It's April 1

Wed Apr 1, 2009 11:39am EDT
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By Belinda Goldsmith

SYDNEY (Reuters Life!) - Video gamers with a yearning for yodeling now have a new XBox 360 game with songs such as "Whose spit is in my horn?"

Popular New Zealand tourist town Rotorua (www.rotoruanz.com) says a pervasive rotten egg smell is such a powerful aphrodisiac that Hugh Hefner wants to build a Playboy mansion there.

British newspaper The Guardian will only publish stories on social networking service Twitter, where messages are limited to 140 characters.

Can't be true? It isn't.

Wednesday is April 1 and media outlets, companies, politicians and other jokers have come up with a range of April Fools' hoaxes.

Tourism Minister Tim Holding from the Australian state of Victoria announced that Melbourne would bid to host the Running of the Bulls through the city's laneways, stealing the event from Pamplona in Spain that has held it since the 13th century.

"We are also in preliminary discussions with musical producers to rename the smash hit musical Bully Elliot for the week of the event," he said in a statement, dated April 1.

He wasn't the only Melburnian pulling pranks. Some people in the city awoke to find their cars wrapped in clingfilm, apparently a stunt by a local radio station.   Continued...

<p>A model stands at Microsoft Corp.'s Xbox 360 display at the Tokyo Game Show in Chiba, east of Tokyo September 20, 2007. REUTERS/Issei Kato</p>