Premier Mark McGowan has today declared two new emblems — the State’s official coffee order and the official sandwich.
Sound like the power has gone to his head after a crushing election win? Perhaps, but a look at the calendar shows WA’s hugely popular leader is actually buying into the April Fools’ Day fun.
In a Facebook post this morning, Mr McGowan announced that a long mac topped up and a continental sandwich would be taking their place alongside the state’s other emblems that include the kangaroo paw, black swan and the numbat.
“Often, when I’m out and about, people ask me ‘what is the official sandwich and coffee order of Western Australia?’ and they are shocked by the answer: We’ve never had one. But today, that changes,” he wrote.
“Two significant local culinary innovations have shown our mastery of some of the most popular types of foods and drinks around the world. Today we pay tribute to those wonderful WA products.”
The joke post was an immediate hit with followers, but has sparked debate about whether the kebab should have got the nod above the continental roll after his giggling defence of a citizen’s right to go for a run and eat a kebab went viral.
Elsewhere, a talking waxwork figure named Karen and a new police initiative attaching dachsunds to drones were among this year’s most notable April Fools’ Day attempts.
After 2020 didn’t offer much to laugh about, Madame Tussauds Sydney and Firbank Junior Grammar School in Melbourne are getting into the spirit of April 1.
Madame Tussauds’ prank involves immortalising “Karens” the world over in wax form.
“Karen”, a descriptor for middle-aged and class white woman with an entitled, condescending and often racist attitude, was Macquarie Dictionary’s people’s choice for 2020 word of the year.
The Sydney wax museum said we all knew a “Karen” or two, and it was time they were honoured with their own figure.
“Karen will be complete with the signature asymmetrical bob and highlights, she’ll have acrylic nails and over-sized sunnies,” Madame Tussauds Sydney’s Mikayla McGlone said.
“But what will really bring Karen to life will be that she’s a talking figure and we’re calling on the public to help us select what she’ll say.”
South Australia Police announced a new dog operations initiative enlisting tiny dachshunds for active duty — even attaching them to drones for surveillance.
“It’s been really hard work especially lifting those 40kg shepherds above your head into ceiling spaces,” One officer says in a video post on Facebook.
“Because of the size of these guys we can chuck them into ceilings on top of cupboards they can have a good look around there…we are also going to be able to attach them to drones which will be a game-changer for us.”
Furniture giant IKEA has introduced a range of ‘Hund Couture’ ,made from the famous big blue bags.
“Sleek, sophisticated Swedish design can now be enjoyed by our hunds — that’s Swedish for dog. Woof.”
Outdoor and sporting Goods company Vuly introduced the “world’s first anti-gravity trampoline.
Meanwhile, Subway were launching their own new product — a Coriander cookie.