Drug-sniffing rabbit, cannon-firing kittens mark U.S. April Fools'
By Gina Cherelus
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Kittens firing a cannon, a rabbit sniffing for drugs, attempts at humor on the fraught presidential campaign trail and a failed prank by Google competed for attention in the United States on Friday.
As ever, the trick for April Fools' Day hoaxes was to try to be outlandish, yet faintly plausible.
The police department in Amherst, New York, unveiled a new crime-fighting scheme, showing an officer with a rabbit on its Facebook page.
"Drug interdiction has become more difficult with criminals discovering ever new and smaller areas to conceal drugs," the department said. "'Dusty' and his handler will be able to search vehicles and other small areas with greater accuracy."
National Geographic, following Playboy's decision this year to stop publishing photos of nude women, said it would no longer degrade animals by showing them naked. The magazine's statement on the Internet was accompanied by a black and white photo of two kittens in jumpsuits firing a cannon.
There was some naked publicity around in the form of bogus ads.
ThirdLove, a lingerie maker, partnered with DogVacay, a pet- sitting service, to unveil a line of dog brassieres. Restaurant chain Cheesecake Factory unveiled a "nacho cheesecake" dessert on Twitter but quickly assured diners it would not be available to cause heartburn in the real world.
New Hampshire's Dartmouth College, which last year began using a robotic tackling dummy it called "MVP" to reduce the number of hits its players absorb during practice, said the robots would be used in games from next season. Continued...