Ah, April Fools' Day. There's no easier place to pull off a believable prank than the Internet. From fake product listings (man, I wish this Dharma Initiative Alarm Clock was real) to false status reports on Facebook (I fell for one of these), and even one of my own, the Internet was one big lie today. Even one of the best pranks in NYC was pulled off by College Humor, an Internet company. The day's not over, but did you fall for a prank today? Was it a good one?
The definitive origin of April Fools' Day is disputed, but the most popular theory dates back to 16th century France. In 1564, France reformed its calendar so the new year began Jan. 1. Some people refused to change with the calendar and continued to play pranks the last week of March during the old new year. Those who fell for them were called Poisson d’Avril, or April Fish, which today remains the French term for April Fools.
While the origin may be lost, the Internet has ensured its tradition is not. Businesses seem to play tricks best, as they've got the money to make it look real. Here are our three favorite April Fools' pranks from today.
Bieber or Die
Funny or Die's prank is one of those rare April Fools' jokes that you can enjoy even while knowing it's fake. Justin Bieber, the 16-year-old R&B star and teen heartthrob, announces he's bought Funny or Die. Meet Bieber or Die. Justin tells us how amazing it is to be rich, famous, and young. "I talk loudly in libraries," he says, "and I swim directly after I eat." Never mind Bieber or Die; I say viva la Bieber!
See the rest after the jump.
- The iCade arcade cabinet for your iPad — Dvice
- Steve Urkel hacks into, pwns Urlesque — Urlesque
- YouTube unveils its text-only video pages — YouTube
- Steve Jobs is joining a Bravo reality TV show — Unplggd
- Google releases new animal translation app — Google
- Shocker — first guy in line for the iPad is first in line for everything — Gizmodo
- Gaming vest lets you feel gunshots without a trip to the ER — Switched
It's April Fools' Day, which means the Internet is full of jokes from Google's annual surprise to tons of celebrity headlines! We got in on the fun this morning, as did BuzzSugar and PopSugar Rush. Fake headlines are all over, with Robert Pattinson being a particularly frequent victim aimed at gullible Twilight fans. We admit that we've been had a few times ourselves, but tell us — have you fallen for any of the celebrity April Fools' Day pranks today?
Heidi Klum tried to pass herself off as an ordinary pizza server on the prank show I Get That a Lot. The premise? Stars dress down, perform ordinary jobs, and wait to see how long it takes for mere mortals to recognize who they are. The funniest part of this clip is this dude's description of Project Runway. I guess to some people, it's accurate!
If you believed our news on gyms offering beds for couples to get busy in lieu of sweating it out on the treadmill, something tells me you're pretty gullible, and therefore a perfect target for an April Fools joke! I made it through unscathed, but tell me, did you get pranked yesterday? If so, tell us about it in the comments below!
I know I trot this out every April Fool's Day, but it truly is one of the best pranks that's ever been caught on film. Bryant here is in for the scare of his life. He signed up as an aide in a research lab, but this sweet animal lover is about to meet a half man/half rodent, or what he breathlessly calls the "little monster man." Does he run away as most normal folks would? Nope. He bravely asks it if it needs help! (Scare Tactics is so cruel, but Bryant is so awesome!) Happy April Fool's Day!
When you meet someone, chances are you forget all about your healthy eating habits and your weekly trips to the gym. You spend more time eating out and sitting on the couch, which can lead to weight gain. Luckily though, a popular chain of fitness centers is offering a racy new way to encourage couples to work out together, and drop those extra pounds. They're installing Sex Rooms in their facilities.
Since anything physical burns calories, including sex, people can choose to either run on the treadmill, take a cardio kickboxing class, or get it on with their lover — all in one place. The membership fee won't change, which is great news in this economy. The Sex Room includes a comfy bed, music, and candles, so you two can meet at the gym at noon, get in a sexy workout, and head back to work.
To find out which gyms will be offering these risque Sex Rooms, read more
As much as I want to believe that this photo of an Apple netbook (appropriately titled Macbook Mini) is real, I'm betting that these are just some seriously Photoshopped images meant to fool us all into jumping on board. April Fools'! Cruel, isn't it?
These photos I caught on 9to5Mac, supposedly from a Russian magazine, show a downward view of a "Macbook Mini" keyboard, with a layout that looks suspiciously similar to the Macbook Air. Although Steve Jobs let us know at an event back in October that Apple has no plans to release a netbook, maybe these shots (and some positive feedback) could change his mind. My fingers are crossed.
We're still a few days away from the first of April, but the first April Fools' Day gag has surfaced: on Thursday, the site BBSpot published an article reporting that Twitter was going to offer paid premium accounts.
The account levels, dubbed, Owl, were actually a huge gag played on the Twitter and tech community by BBSpot (it was picked up and reported by news outlets)! Well played, BBSpot.
This first joke has reminded me to be vigilant for April Fools' Day tech tricks; what will be this year's RickRoll?