Apr 1, 2024 - News

Charlotte April Fools' Day jokes that almost got us

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Photo: Courtesy of Thrift Pony

Charlotte businesses and journalists are having a laugh at your expense this week. That's right, Monday marked April Fools' Day.

Why it matters: Misinformation is running rampant these days, making it more difficult to tell, even on a day dedicated to silliness, what's real and what's a joke.

Thrift Pony

The trendy Charlotte secondhand retailer posted Monday that it's launching an "exclusive finance collection of exclusively Patagonia vests, khakis, and blue button down shirts," with its bus parked in Uptown for the occasion.

CLT Development

NoDa's iconic local burger joint Brooks' Sandwich House will close once the land it sits on sells, and people are anxiously waiting to find out what's next.

Local development writer Clayton Sealey (AKA CLT Development) posted on social media the land had been purchased for $3.7M by NoDaMorChik LLC, a local franchisee, to make way for a Chick-fil-A.

  • "Had to take this down on Instagram because people were calling the restaurant nonstop to complain," Sealey later tweeted.

Charlotte Ledger

Monday's edition of the Charlotte Ledger detailed an outrageous plan to convert an old Uptown tower into the "Southeast's largest indoor pickleball complex," a project that'd be backed by former tennis pro Andy Roddick, rapper DaBaby and WCNC meteorologist Brad Panovich.

  • Among other topics, the newsletter poked fun at sports betting and the city's need to talk things to death.
  • "(Really, nothing in here today is real)" read a line in Monday's edition of the Charlotte Ledger.
  • The Ledger reminded readers it has published an April Fools' edition for years.


James Beard Award-nominated chef Sam Hart posted on Instagram that Counter-'s last day would be April 1, and that In-N-Out Burger would replace his restaurant.

Super Abari

The popular bar-cade said it would introduce Super Abari Pickleball, in an Instagram post.

1 throwback joke to go

24 years ago, WCNC Charlotte weather Forecaster Larry Sprinkle went out to Carrigan Farms in Mooresville to do an April Fools segment on the the local marshmallow crop that grew on trees. Problem was, a lot of people thought the prank was real. One group even rented a charter bus and drove from the mountains to see the local marshmallows firsthand.

  • WCNC airs the same segment every April 1.

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