April Fools’ Day Pranks around the Internet

Today is April 1, which means you should believe nothing you read and trust no one or anything they say. Even our very own president and CEO, Colleen Chappell, can’t be trusted on this day. By 9 a.m., she had already pranked half the office and everyone in her family.

On another note, in recent years the Internet has become an arena for some of the most hilarious and elaborate April Fools’ pranks imaginable. This year was no different, and here are some of our favorites so far today:

Coffee Stain Studios developed and released Goat Simulator through Steam today. It’s a joke, but it’s also a very real, very playable video game. However, on the website, the developers state that, “Goat Simulator is a small, broken and stupid game. It was made in a couple of weeks so don’t expect a game in the size and scope of GTA with goats. In fact, you’re better off not expecting anything at all actually. To be completely honest, it would be best if you’d spend your $10 on a hula hoop, a pile of bricks, or maybe a real-life goat.”

Goat Simulator

Reddit followed up last year’s ridiculous Orangered vs. Periwinkle battle with Headdit. Using a webcam, visitors can navigate the entire website with head motions and facial expressions – upnods, frownvotes, and even “cat mode,” which applies a cat theme to the entire website if you hold your cat up to the camera. Reddit’s prank is both hilarious and amazing in that it all actually works. Reddit’s prank has resulted in several meta pranks, such as Redditors claiming that balancing objects on their heads for two minutes will give them Reddit gold.

Deadmau5, a popular dubstep artist, had his Twitter account hacked by Anonymous this morning. Or so many people thought. In reality, Deadmau5 is a huge supporter of Anonymous and this was just another internet April Fools’ stunt.

Google never misses an April Fools’ opportunity and added pranks to several of their products. Google Plus lets you add an animated David Hasselhoff photobomb to your photos. Google Maps worked with Nintendo to add a Pokemon scavenger hunt to their Android and iOS apps today. And Gmail added a Shelfie feature, which allows you to customize your inbox background with your selfies or even a feed of trending selfies.

The Hoff

ThinkGeek was prepared for April 1 with a number of fake items on their website including Rosetta Stone: Learn to Speak Klingon, Flux Capacitor Car Charger and a Nerf Nuke, to name a few. Unfortunately, none of these products are real. I’d love to walk into a presentation wearing a Laser-Guided Tactical Necktie.

Netflix debuted two new Netflix originals: “Rotisserie Chicken,” a 73-minute video of chicken in a rotisserie oven and the shorter, 20-minute “Sizzling Bacon” … which is exactly what it sounds like.

Dominos Pizza announced a “snackaging” innovation called the Edibox. [Insert joke about their pizza tasting like cardboard here.]

Dominos

AirBnB, a popular website for Bed & Breakfasts and other property rental, launched AirBrB – a service that would allow people to rent their workspaces while they’re out to lunch or taking a coffee break. You can even rent Oscar Wilde’s desk for $90 an hour.

Last, but not least, Virgin Atlantic CEO Sir Richard Branson announced a partnership with Nest to provide personalized climate control at 35,000 feet. Sadly, this is also not real. But the at least the video is funny.

We look forward to watching the rest of the day unfold with more clever internet pranks. What have been your favorites?

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