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To celebrate the mischievous occasion, here’s some of the best April Fools’ Day pranks around the web.
1) YouTube Announces Upcoming Viral Video Trends
In the spirit of April Fools’ Day, YouTube made an announcement taking credit for every single YouTube video to ever go viral. The video starts out by saying,
Inventing, producing, and spreading every single viral video that has ever been popular on the web. It’s what we do here.
The video goes on to indicate how youtube has been behind the scenes of every youtube trend. Additionally, the spoof introduces some of the upcoming “trends” for 2014.
2) Google is Looking for Pokemon Masters
As usual, Google came up with a variety of spoofs in lieu of April Fools’ Day. So many that it would be difficult to list them all. One of their best, is a job posting for a pokemon master. The ad indicates that dozens of wild Pokemon have taken up residence on streets, amidst forests, and atop mountains throughout Google Maps.
It goes on to provide instructions on how to catch ’em all. Simply grab your poké ball and mobile Google Maps, then “press start” to begin your quest.
3) Gmail Shelfie
Another one of Google’s April Fools’ Day shenanigans is the Shelfie. Making light of the infamous era of the “selfie,” a recent post on the official Gmail Blog said,
As the pioneering platform for selfies, Gmail is committed to being at the forefront of innovation in the selfie space . . . Today, we’re proud to free your self by launching Gmail Shelfie, the SHareable sELFIE.
The article goes on to talk about the core values of the Gmail Shelfie—it’s built off the notion that you shouldn’t be selfish with your selfie. The instructions are simple. Take your selfie, and upload it to shelfie. Then simply refresh Gmail to share.
4) Sony Power Food
Sony power food is the latest in fuel technology, released by Sony as an April Fools’ Day spoof. This innovative technology enables users to utilize the energy of their food to power their electronic devices. The announcement said,
Our engineers and culinary technicians have come up with a way to tap into the amazing energy of food. By creating an enzyme that enables the chemical energy of organic matter to be transferred directly into gadgets, we’re bringing about the next step in electronic evolution. Voltaic Enzyme.
The flexibility and portability of Sony Power Food will undoubtedly become a hit for foodies around the world.
What’s the best online prank you’ve seen today?
Marie Dodson is an editorial assistant at Torque. She graduated from Cornell University with a degree in Biology and Society. She enjoys wine, good books, and travel.