From alien abduction insurance to porch protection from would-be thieves
Here are some of the weirdest insurance April Fools’ pranks.
Every year on April 1st, companies do their damnedest to prove they’re not just heartless corporations by showing us they’re capable of fun by getting into the spirit of April Fools’. Generally, the results are a mixed bag.
Some companies don’t need to try all that hard with Elon Musk at the helm. There’s little wonder why Tesla’s bankruptcy prank did so well, amassing 131K likes on Twitter alone.
Without Musk at the helm, other pranks weren’t as pleasurable. From alien abduction insurance to protection for phones that wound up in the toilet, here are the good, bad and downright lame 2018 April Fool’s jokes.
1. Alien Abduction Protection and Liability Insurance from AIG
Concerned about alien abductions? Looking to protect your family from a close encounter? Look no further than Alien Abduction Protection and Liability Insurance from AIG.
The “policy” on offer to AIG customers in Hong Kong promises to cover hiring Hong Kong’s scientific minds to locate you after an abduction and the costs associated with negotiating your release and ransom.
The plan sounds comprehensive, but after you click for eligibility, you’re greeted with a message highlighting your foolishness: Alien Protection Ransom Insurance and Liability cover For Overcoming Outerspace Lifeform Seizures.
2. Porch Piracy Protection from Man Crates
Man Crates, the purveyors of boxes jam-packed with hyper masculinity, offer its members protection for packages left unattended on their porches.
Man Crates offers to guard your deliveries from would-be thieves with a range of insurance that includes a pissed-off baboon, a terrifying clown and a long-haired dude noodling a guitar.
3. Toilet insurance for your phone from Honor
It happens all too often: Your phone is safely tucked in your back pocket until the moment you drop trou, when it clatters into a watery abyss, never to return — at least, not in your bare hands.
This all-too-common event in mind, Honor offers its klutzy customers something maybe should exist: toilet insurance for your phone. I mean, seriously: Could someone please get a Kickstarter going for this one.
4. Cave paintings from Churchill Insurance
Rounding out our list is this entry from Churchill Insurance, which claimed its mascot Churchie features in newly discovered, but ancient cave paintings …