Yes, April Fool’s Day has passed once again with all the usual pranks, some quite imaginative and amusing, others less so.
The Travel Weekly stunt wasn’t among the best – these need to be sufficiently credible to immediately hook the unaware and undiscerning.
Up there was the SodaStream company, which partnered with former US astronaut Scott Kelly to create a product innovation, SodaStream.ME, directed at those concerned about personal emissions of carbon dioxide.
In a clever video on Youtube, Kelly, a veteran of four space missions including commander of the International Space Station (ISS), said he was inspired to develop SodaStream.ME by his experiences of excess gas aboard the ISS.
“As I returned to Earth I partnered with SodaStream, the sparkling water maker brand and together we developed the ultimate solution,” he said.
Not to put too fine a point on it, SodaStream.ME involves belching into a bottle, which the ad says produces clean sparkling water. Only US$27.99 online or from a pharmacy near you and early orders will include a special adaptor to allow snorers to start making soda while they sleep.
Presumably it’s then only a short step to a device able to harvest other bodily gaseous emissions.
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