April Fools’ Day Roundup: The Best Internet Pranks
April Fools Day is the worst. Aside from the lies and deceit, most of the jokes people pull just aren't funny, so it's hardly ever worth it. But people continue to use this holiday as an excuse to lie on the Internet more unconvincingly than usual, so we decided to round up some of the better jokes we saw online. From company-wide guffaws (full disclosure: We would totally buy that selfie stick for our pets) to celebrity jokes (to the writers at Happy Endings: ouch) check out the list below to catch up on everything you might have missed. And be careful out there: The Internet is a dangerous place, even on a normal day.
Google's smart mailbox which is like email come to life.
Amazon's homepage goes retro.
For Star Wars fans everywhere:
Penguin Teen Australia disappoints teens by announcing fake John Green novel.
Unleashed by Petco introduces a selfie stick for dogs.
The Jenner sisters to pose for Playboy?
The Hollywood Gossip made a particularly unfunny joke that Kendall and Kylie Jenner signed a contract with Playboy to pose nude for an upcoming issue. Yawn.
Bob Barker returned to The Price is Right as part of the show's annual April Fools Day episode.
See a clip from the show over at USA Today.
Happy Endings prank backfires.
The good people over at the cancelled-too-soon television show, Happy Endings, were in it for the long con. The Twitter account many associate with the show's writers posted a countdown back in February promising "a new day." The clock hit zero on April 1, and encouraged people to come back for a surprise at 3PM. Then they tweeted the following:
Ouch. For fans of the show it was quite a blow, as many still hope the show will be picked up by another network after being unceremoniously cancelled. Creator David Caspe expanded on the prank, saying (quotes via the Huffington Post), "It took on a life of its own to the point that actually there was some interest in finding a place to do a few more episodes or an hourlong special."
He went on to say, "I want to apologize to anyone who is annoyed. It was just a writers' room bit that kind of got away from them. When it started, we all sort of laughed because we figured no one cares anymore, and then it triggered all these articles, which is really flattering. I was pumped to see that people still cared, but then I realized that this could piss off a lot of fans, and our hardcore fans and critics are all we’ve ever had ... But I also have to say that it was really awesome to see how much love there was for the show. We didn't really think anyone was watching anymore. It was great to see that someone was."
Olivia Wilde proves April Fools Day can be a good thing.
Remembering what it was like to be a production-assistant, Olivia Wilde popped in to a class, surprising students. She said (quote via PEOPLE), "Sometimes we forget the value of just making one person's day. I thought this was a chance to maybe give a handful of people a special moment. And actually what it turned out being is a special day for me."
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