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April Fools 2011: Pranks Around The Web

April 1, 2011
By the ZippyCart Content Team

Believe it or not, April Fools 2011 is finally here and pranksters around the world have already been playing practical jokes on their friends and co-workers. Over the past decade, April Fools has started to become a bigger deal online, with businesses like Google, YouTube, and ThinkGeek becoming go-to sites for those looking for the coolest pranks online. Because so many are tirelessly surfing the net for the best pranks, we decided to publish the infographic below so you can quickly get your April Fools 2011 fix. However if you want to go the old school route, you can read about top pranks below the infographic, in the traditional list format provided.

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Top April Fools 2011 Pranks Online

Google – Motion gaming has become extremely popular over the past few years with the Wii, Move, and Kinect. Now Google wants to make Gmail motion controlled, thus launching Gmail Motion. No keyboard or mouse needed, hand and body gestures will control everything for you. All of this is detailed on the custom site Google launched for April Fools day. The motion functionality even looks to extend to Google docs, for which Google also created a custom site experience. Another Google prank you will notice when typing in a search today is a job open for autocompleters, and you only need to type 32,000 words per minute to apply.

YouTube -  In honor of April Fools, YouTube decided to go retro and give users a feel for what it would have been like for the business in 1911. They even have 1911 logos on all YouTube videos, and when you click it, the video will transform into a vintage, silent, motion picture. Everything will turn to a dirty and grainy yellow accompanied by old-school piano music, looking something like a Charlie Chaplin film.

ThinkGeek – A couple changes popped up on ThinkGeek today, with one being an X over the M in the word masses of their slogan: “stuff for smart masses.” Additionally they have a variety of new products that look to be fake, which is their traditional technique, however in years past some of these prank products have become the real deal. This year some of the fake products include an Apple Store playset, Angry Birds Pork Rinds, Star Wars Light Saber Popsicles, The Original Shirt Plate, and a USB Desktop Nether Portal.

CollegeHumor – When you arrive at the site it appears as if you are logged into their web admin as Intern22, and when you click the admin access it goes into what looks like a fully functional admin panel. However the joke is on you as it does not work, and when you go back to the homepage the folks at CollegeHumor.com confirm that you have been tricked by their April Fools 2011 prank.

GrooveShark – My favorite online music site looks a bit different today, as they decided to harness the power of HTML 5 to bring their users 3DS+. This new technology allows listeners to experience music in the third dimension. They have a link to their blog where you can print out the ridiculous accessories to help you hear the 3DS+ experience.

Mozilla (Firefox) – Many of you reading this may be using Mozilla Firefox, and if you do not want to deal with April Fools pranks online for the rest of the day, then you can get an add-on to fix that. The DNF (Do Not Fool) add-on will let you set the browser to opt-out of April Fools jokes, via a Do Not Fool HTTP header with every click or page view in Firefox.

FunnyorDie – Last year Justin Bieber took over, and now it looks like the recent web fame of Rebecca Black and her song Friday are taking over, with the site renamed FridayorDie. Since many view this as one of the worst songs ever, it is not surprising that FunnyorDie took a stab at it for April Fools. The entire site is now plastered with everything Rebecca Black, so it looks like her 15 minutes of fame will continue a bit longer.

Groupon – When you are a multi-billion dollar company, you better go big for April Fools. Groupon has been raising money and acquiring companies for the last year, and now they have a patent application for the phrase: “April Fools.” They even designed a full PDF patent application where you can see all the funny details.

Reddit – Over the last year Reddit has become increasingly popular, and is now a major part of the Conde Nast business. Reddit, not to be outdone this year for April Fools, decided to launch Reddit Mold, which seems to be almost as good as the real Reddit, but with a few disadvantages. Comments limits go from 500 to 490, but you get access to a secret members-only lounge. Apparently things can get worse, if more people give you Reddit Mold, so be careful.

We will be updating this post throughout the day with any new and exciting April Fools’ Day pranks of 2011.  Keep your eyes peeled and while you wait, checkout our April Fools 2010 post, and enjoy the above April Fools infographic which includes the top pranks of today as well as the past.

Update 11:00am – More Funny April Fools Jokes

LinkedIn Got in the Game! – Finally, LinkedIn has entered the mix with a funny feature in their “People You May Know” tool. Today only, let your ego explode at the fact that you might know Albert Einstein, Sherlock Holmes, and many more.

Living Social - Living Social is offering up a funny deal, and this definitely rivals Groupon’s patent of the term “April Fools.” Today at Living Social you can treat yourself to a great day at the world’s only all-meat spa: Spa-Lami in Porkland. The picture for this one is worth a thousand words, and the cost of the package is worth $100 (but you get a 75% discount!)

Virgin – After 2 different April Fools riding the wave of Virgle, Virgin has now issued a press release that they have purchased Pluto and will reinstate it as a planet.

WestJet – Solving the world’s energy problems, WestJet says they are lightening the load of airplanes by adding helium to them, thus making planes more fuel efficient.

Whole Foods – The internet allows even brick and mortar stores to join in on April Fools jokes with online announcements. Today, Whole Foods has announced 3 great deals: Insects raised with compassion, refurbished spices (huge savings), and the chance to have your whole paycheck converted into a Whole Foods gift card. Gee thanks Whole Foods!

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7 comments

  1. Farmville.com is offering a whole slew of April Fools-themed items for purchase in the market including a Robo Dino Nijna, a Rubber Duckie, the Loch Ness Monster. There’s also word about the upcoming Intergalactic Farm.

  2. The Rickroll meme didn’t begin with the 2008 Youtube prank. It was fairly prolific way before then. It’s more likely that its prominence ended with the Youtube prank. Generally, memes tend to die off when they become recognized by the population at large.

    • Thanks Brad,

      Yeah that was worded wrong. Sorry, we were up all night working on this b/c we had to wait until midnight to see the pranks for 2011. I’m fixing the infographic now.

      Amy

  3. CardsChat have announced the Lunar Poker Tour. Virgin Galactic has boosted NASA’s limited funds by buying two seats on the last space shuttle flight in June to send tow poker players up to the International Space Station to play for a $10 million prize.

  4. Google also did a prank where if you googled helvetica it went to comic sans typeface

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