You were caught out by an April Fools’ Day prank, weren’t you? It’s OK, you can admit it, we’re all friends here. And while you were proving you’re dumber than you look, the rest of us were compiling a list of our favorite online April Fools’ Day pranks from the last few years. Read on to catch up.
The Fool Fighters
We asked you, What Is The Best Online April Fools’ Day Prank Ever? The number of responses was extremely disappointing, with only a handful of you deigning to bless us with your input. It’s easy to see why though, as April Fools’ Day is clearly only interesting for one day out of the year.
If you are still interested in discovering how Google, Microsoft, Nokia, and others pranked us in 2014 then our bumper list of pranks for this year’s April Fools’ Day should be of interest. The rest of you misanthropes can continue being miserable until it all happens again in 2015.
With so few comments made it’s virtually impossible to draw any significant conclusions from the discussion. Instead, all we can do is detail some of the April Fools’ Day pranks heralded as favorites by the plucky individuals that contributed.
Jeremy G liked YouTube’s suggestion that memes are engineered rather than organic, and Sex.com’s effort to make porn Safe For Work.
Von Adam Martinez liked Metro’s suggestion that the UK is banning the selfie, Bill Fleet liked the Easy-Bake Oven for your PC, and the appropriately named TheMinecraftAndiFunnyFreak liked (yes, you guessed it) Minecraft 2.0 and iFunny.
Comment Of The Week
We received a lot of great comments, including those from Rob H, Tom W, and Bill Fleet. Comment Of The Week goes to Jeremy G, who wins a T-shirt for this comment:
For me it’s a toss up between Youtube – who opened up meme creation to the public, along with the promise of ‘clocking’, ‘kissing dads’ and the ‘Glub Glub Water Dance’ as trends for the new year. & Sex.com – who, ‘in accordance with [their] new partnership with the world’s largest pin site’ would be banning porn’ in order to make Sex.com Safe For Work.
I reckon I would choose the latter, because as I thought of all the other sources of NSFW images, I consciously knew there there was no way that I would donate to keep them in porn. Maybe I am too gullible, but I only realised it was an april fools joke a couple of hours after the fact. I found Tumblr’s ‘Tumblr Pro’ option just plain boring, though the introductory video was nice, and didn’t even recognise Gmail’s ‘Shelfies’ as anything other than a service I didn’t want. My honourable mention goes to Abney Park, who announced two of their members would be splitting off to form the new band ‘Space Propeller’. I, of course’ tried to sign up to support them – luckily impossible – and only twigged to the fact when viewing the their video. To be fair, it was April 2nd in Australia by then.
We chose this comment because it details two of the better April Fools’ Day pranks pulled this year while also dismissing a couple of the shoddier ones for not being good enough. A prudent reminder that it’s not good enough just to do any old April Fools’ Day prank, you have to actually make it believable and funny too. Which is harder than it looks.
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