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April Fools: Duolingo Toilet Paper

Maxim Sorokopud Maxim Sorokopud
1st April 2021
April Fools: Duolingo Toilet Paper
The rolls allow users to "soak up essential phrases" (Getty Images).

The Claim

The language-learning app Duolingo has released a series of its courses on toilet paper rolls.

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Every year on April Fools’ day companies across the world use pranks and fake products as marketing strategies. This year, the language-learning app Duolingo announced that it was launching a version of its courses in the form of toilet paper. “Turn your bathroom into a classroom,” their website stated. “No ads. No interruptions. Never forget a lesson again, because nature is the best push notification.” The rolls present a range of language-learning options, including Spanish for English speakers, English for Japanese speakers, and English for Spanish speakers.

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They even conducted a survey on March 29 in preparation for the prank:

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Misbar’s Analysis

Misbar’s investigation discovered that Duolingo’s toilet paper is an April Fool’s joke, but some rolls have actually been manufactured. They will not be sold but instead given away via social media. 

Sadly, the product cannot be purchased on the Duolingo website. When a visitor to the toilet paper roll section of the Duolingo website clicks the “Buy Now” button, the visitor is taken to the enrollment section of the app. The rolls are not offered on the site’s shop tab.  

However, as people online seem to have enjoyed the prank, it is possible that Duolingo may sell the toilet paper in the future.

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