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Laughter is the best medicine. No, it’s true. This quote of unknown origin has been proven by science, with researchers at the University of Oxford discovering that when you laugh your body releases chemicals that act as a natural painkiller.

So cheer up, turn that frown upside down, and stop being such a miserablist misanthrope. I’m here to help, with the best April Fools’ Day pranks you may have missed in 2014. They’re funny, so you had better laugh. Laugh, Goddamit!

Google’s Magic Hand

Do you love your smartphone or tablet but hate getting cramp in your fingers from tapping the touchscreen all day, every day? Then you need the Magic Hand from Google Japan.

The Roku Watch

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Both smartwatches and streaming media devices are rapidly expanding technology trends The Digital Trends and Predictions We Should Expect To See In 2014 The Digital Trends and Predictions We Should Expect To See In 2014 Experts seem to think that wearable technology like the Google Glass and activity trackers will be ubiquitous in the coming year. What do you think, folks? Read More . With that in mind, Roku chose April 1 to unveil the Roku Watch, combining the two technologies in one glorious whole.

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SwiftKey Flow Hard

SwiftKey has already helped smartphone users text more efficiently SwiftKey 4 Introduces SwiftKey Flow With Intelligent Prediction & More [Updates] SwiftKey 4 Introduces SwiftKey Flow With Intelligent Prediction & More [Updates] The new version of SwiftKey comes armed with SwiftKey Flow, a swipe-to-type feature that is supported with a more intelligent word prediction engine. Gesture based typing solutions are all the rage, and that has been... Read More , but there’s no reason why users of physical keyboards should be left behind. Which is where SwiftKey Flow Hard proves its worth.

BookBook For iMac

People sure do love wrapping their mobile iDevices in covers and cases, especially if they’re creative solutions like BookBook. But what about iMac users, who must feel a little left out? They need not worry, as BookBook for iMac arrived on April 1.

Honda: Fit Kit Flatpack Car

It takes thousands of individual parts to build a car, along with precision engineering and fine workmanship. Which is why no car manufacturer has ever offered a flatpack option. Until now. Introducing the Honda Fit Kit beta!

Pebble: Scratch ‘n’ Sniff Smartwatch

Mainstream consumers are taking some convincing that they need to buy a smartwatch. Perhaps Pebble Pebble Smartwatch Review & Giveaway Pebble Smartwatch Review & Giveaway Smartwatches are the new hottest trend in today's tech world, and the Pebble e-ink watch helped start the fire. The most successful Kickstarter project to date, the Pebble raised over $10 million during its 1-month... Read More has solved that quandary, with a range of scratch ‘n’ Sniff smartwatches which reek of fruity flavors. Or perhaps not.

Coffee Meets Bagel Glass App

Coffee Meets Bagel, a dating app which matches single people via mutual friends, has found the real reason we all need Google Glass. No one needs to make a snap judgement on someone they fancy when they have a Glass app that does it for them.

TripAdvisor: Unforgettable Destinations

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We have surely all watched a movie and wished we could travel to the imaginary locations being shown on the big screen. And now we can do just that, with TripAdvisor detailing some unforgettable destinations we should be visiting.

Reddit Headdit

We’re big fans of Reddit here at MakeUseOf, but even we get bored with navigating the site using our fingers. Thankfully, Reddit has us covered, with Headdit providing a Hand Equivalent Action Detection system for n00bs and l33ts alike.

New Nokia 3310 Smartphone

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The Nokia 3310 is a much beloved mobile phone of yesteryear for which anyone over a certain age will have an innate fondness. And it’s coming back as a 41-megapixel Windows Phone handset. Except it isn’t, sadly.

Lyft: One-Star Driver

For Lyft to work it needs the people who sign up to drive people around to be 5-star drivers. Unfortunately, not all of them are; especially Brian, who was instructed to act like a 1-star driver for April Fools’ Day. Oh, Brian.

The Domino’s Edibox

Pizza may just be the food of the gods. It’s versatile, delicious, and easy to eat. There is just one thing wrong with it: the box it’s delivered in isn’t edible. Or at least it wasn’t until Domino’s UK invented the Edibox.

Origin Boxed

Digital media is so dull. What we need are physical copies of the content we buy digitally. EA has us covered, with a new initiative offered through its digital distribution platform… Origin Boxed. “The future of digital is plastic.” Indeed.

CrowdTilt: Silicon Island

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You can crowdfund almost anything these days. Even an offshore “utopia for tech startups.Silicon Island could be the new Silicon Valley. If it was real, of course. Still, it’s 84 percent funded, with cold, hard, mythical cash.

Sony Power Food

Despite their ability to ruin your life How Smartphones Are Ruining Your Life How Smartphones Are Ruining Your Life Your smartphone could be ruining your life, or at least have the capacity to do so in the future. Read More , smartphones are a wonderful invention. The problem is how much battery power they consume. Companies such as Apple have been closed-minded when trying to solve this problem, but Sony has delivered with its Power Food innovation.

Tesla Motors’ Pet Driving Cars

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The future of personal transportation isn’t self-driving cars as Google would have you believe. It is, instead, pet driving cars. Cats and dogs both failed the test, but Tesla Motors found a suitable candidate in goldfish.

Microsoft: Clippy Returns

Clippy, the annoying default assistant who popped up to help users of Microsoft Office, was killed off in 2001. However, he made a brief return for one day only: April 1. Oh Clippy, how we didn’t miss you at all. Ever. Now please kindly go away again.

Kodak Picture Kiosk Drone

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Thanks to Kodak’s new innovation you no longer have to go searching for a Picture Kiosk in order to print out your digital photos. Instead, one will come to you via a big yellow drone. Between these and the Amazon delivery drones Amazon Delivery Drones, Facebook Hack, Kindle Fire Vs iPad Air [Tech News Digest] Amazon Delivery Drones, Facebook Hack, Kindle Fire Vs iPad Air [Tech News Digest] Amazon aerial drones, Facebook friends list hack, Google Nexus handsets vulnerability discovered, Black Friday numbers are released, Steam introduces user reviews, and the Kindle Fire HDX is compared favorably to the iPad Air. Read More the skies will soon be full to bursting.

YouTube Future Trends

If you thought all those viral videos What Is Your Favorite Viral Video of All Time? [You Told Us] What Is Your Favorite Viral Video of All Time? [You Told Us] Another day, another viral video phenomenon takes the world by storm. Just as people were recovering from Gangnam Style, Harlem Shake took its place, with people posting videos of themselves performing the insanely stupid dance... Read More and trending memes 5 Awesome Meme Generators On The Web 5 Awesome Meme Generators On The Web Anyone who spends any serious amount of time on the Web will be aware of Internet memes. At least those who venture into the useless-yet-entertaining side streets the Web has to offer. Those who are... Read More took off organically then you’ve been mistaken for many, many years. YouTube is responsible for them all, as this video proves. I just hope one of these actually takes off in the future.

MakeUseOf: Fake News Digest

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Last but not least we have to mention our own April Fools’ Day prank here at MakeUseOf. Tech News Digest is a column breaking the biggest tech news down into digestible form every weekday. But on April 1, 2014, the stories were all bunkum Apple Doubles Prices, Microsoft Hates You, Google (GL)Ass, TwitFace [Tech News Digest] Apple Doubles Prices, Microsoft Hates You, Google (GL)Ass, TwitFace [Tech News Digest] Apple doubles its prices, Microsoft admits it hates you all, Google reveals (GL)Ass, Facebook and Twitter merge into TwitFace, annoying couple launch vague Kickstarter, MakeUseOf broadens its appeal, and the best 'And Finally' ever. Read More .

Conclusions

April Fools’ Day isn’t to everyone’s tastes. I understand, having rejected this invented celebration of pranks and tomfoolery for many years. But I am now a dedicated convert, having been persuaded by some of the jokes played by the Internet on the Internet.

Here’s to the next April 1. Let’s laugh and, as a possible consequence, live a little longer than we may otherwise have done.

Image Credit: Stephanie Beavers via Flickr

  1. Tinkicker
    April 7, 2014 at 2:36 am

    You mentioned that "laughter is the best medicine" is of unknown origin...
    Perhaps it has its origins in the book of Proverbs 17:22:
    A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.

    Truer words never spoken!

    • Dave P
      April 8, 2014 at 12:34 pm

      Oh, it could well do. They certainly both share the same core message.

  2. Sreeraj R
    April 6, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    I thought Nokia 3310 "Smartphone was original :P :D

    • Dave P
      April 8, 2014 at 12:34 pm

      Do you, like myself, wish it was a real product rather than a mere April Fool?!

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