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Japan’s Burger Kings to Release ‘Whopper-Scented’ Perfume (Apparently)

While rampant speculation suggests that this is all just one huge whopper of a lie in itself, take the following with a grain of salt… or a side of fries.

Press materials coming out of Japan today suggest that Burger King is releasing a Whopper scented perfume that they will begin selling on April 1st 2015.  The date, while certainly suspicious, could simply be coincidental; however, no one really knows how Japan does April Fools jokes (or anything, for that matter), so getting all their burgers in a row a half-month ahead of schedule could just be par for the course.

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Unfortunately, the “no pickles” scent is extremely limited in number.

While common sense dictates that we should assume this to be one huge, big fat, quarter-pounder of a lie, Brian Ashcroft over at Kotaku further explains the strangeness that surrounds the whole situation:

According to Burger King Japan, April 1st is now “Whopper Day” in Japan. It’s not a national holiday (dammit!), but website Fashion Snap reports that the company registered the day with the Japan Anniversary Association, making it one of many “unofficial” holidays that exist in the country. For example, Japan has a Pocky Day

If, in fact, this does all turn out to be one big ruse, I’m sure there will be many an un-happy Japanese citizen because, let’s face it, who doesn’t want to smell like BK’s masterpiece and patented secret sauce?  Where does that leave the rest of us?

Why, holding out for an Eau de Pizza Pocket, of course!

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April FOOLED: Airline’s Pay-By-Weight Policy is NO JOKE

Standing in the check-in line at an airport, contemplating excess baggage fees and what we might get gouged should we be over a single percentage of a kilo is a common occurrence.  Often, and unintentional help from sizeable people either next to us in line or on the plane itself, people wonder why it is that the passenger’s weight isn’t taken into account when these excess baggage fees are levied – if I’m over by 2 kilos on my carry-on, but the man behind me is 40 kilos heavier in weight and 1 kilo light on his bag, why am I the only one paying?  Where’s the justice?

While it would be officially late had it actually been intended as an April Fool’s joke, Samoa Air‘s “world first” pay-by-weight policy is, in fact, not intended to be any semblance of a joke.  “Airlines,” points out Samoa Air’s big boss Chris Langton, “run on weight,” and smaller aircraft demand “less variance” in the weight of passengers.

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I may or may not have just completely filled the toilet.  Saw-rayyy.

In 2011, Air New Zealand offered a similar, though true prank on April 1st that was actually a total joke.  Does this type of pricing model bother you?  Is it a benefit?  While New Zealand’s 3 News has reported that the inventive method of ticketing may not actually save you that much money, you can be the judge for yourself by calculating you own weight/cost.  Prices range from $0.50 to $2.oo a kilogram (2.20lbs), though are dependent on the route you travel.  Also, you’ll probably need to be in the southern hemisphere and living near New Zealand to make any use of this – get on it, Kiwis!!

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