Friday, April 1, 2016

Vox on April Fools Day

I told my readers to "Stay tuned to see what pranks I find on the web today" in last night's STORY is the theme for April 2016.  I found a good collection of them from Vox--one-stop shopping!

First, a good story about When the BBC won April Fools' Day in 1957.

How all those dorky April Fools' Day news jokes started: Spaghetti on trees.
Those are some of the best April Fools Day news hoaxes of the past century.  What about the best ones today?  Vox has those in How brands celebrated April Fools’ Day with imaginary products.
April Fools' Day is always a good reminder of how much time someone spent to come up with and market products that will almost certainly never exist, all while trying to be funny.

So far, Google fared worst: Its Mic Drop button infuriated users so much that they had to apologize. But buyer beware: If you thought about purchasing any of these new products announced today, the good (or bad) news is that they don't exist.
Along with the hoaxes, there are also products and services intended to be jokes that actually exist, including the following.
This Zumba-Roomba collaboration on a vacuum that also plays music was already invented by Tom Haverford, Aziz Ansari's character on Parks and Rec.
Horrifyingly, preschool student loans, an April Fools' Day joke from CommonBond, actually already exist in New York.
And you actually can search the Google Photos service by emoji.
Happy April Fools Day!  Of course, if you hate the day, John Oliver wants you to boycott April Fools' Day.

April Fools’ Day is awful. Please stand with John Oliver and take the Last Week Tonight No-Prank Pledge.
Good luck with that.  After all, you're reading this entry.  April Fools!

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