You April Fool!

So April is now officially in upon us  and the April gremlins were hard at work to make the masses look foolish!  Naturally some of the biggest sites out there wanted to get in on the action, so here’s a countdown of some the webs trickiest residents.

#6 John Stamos takes over Netflix

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A screenshot of the Netflix menu and its Stamos-themed categories.

Notice anything different about the categories Netflix used to organize its selection of movies and TV shows? Well, it appears that a certain actor from Netflix’s newest original series ‘Fuller House’ is dominating your library.

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Among the best categories featured: “Watch it again because John Stamos Thinks You Should, “Popular Like John Stamos Was in High School,” and “Independent Films Starring Actors Less Rich and Famous Than John Stamos.”

Just in case, they caused offence, Netflix delivered a very heartfelt apology on their homepage on April 2nd… Yes, I watched it, Yes I still find it funny.

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#5 YouTube’s SnoopaVision

For years, YouTube users have been asking for one thing above all else — something that’s been lacking since day one. The ability to watch videos in 360 degrees with Snoop Dogg. In 2016, YouTube finally made that dream a reality with  the introduction of SnoopaVision.

Combining it’s immersive 360 viewing capabilities with Snoop takes the experience to the next level.Screen Shot 2016-04-01 at 11.52.00

Just in case you missed the introduction and subsequent removal of the snoop button, here’s an example of what you missed.

# 4 ThinkGeek’s Mentos & Diet Coke Rocket

SpaceX successfully created a rocket that can go into space and then return safely to Earth, teaming up with ThinkGeek, they invented a way you can make your own at home.Screen Shot 2016-04-05 at 16.05.03

By using just a Diet Coke bottle and some Mentos, you and your family can make a bottle rocket that will shoot ’30 feet in the air’ before returning to earth safely.

And just in case you are fooled by the official-looking page, and the presence of a buy now button…
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#3 Manpons – Take ControL

Men, don’t let your flow dictate your fashion. Take control with Manpons.

With this ironic video, WaterAid reminds us that access to sanitation is not granted to over 1 billion women.

#2 Retro Samsung

Are you are tired of your phone getting smarter and screen getting thinner?  If so, the Samsung Galaxy LTD is what you need.

Ergonomically designed to perfectly fit in your hands, both of them. The Easy-Press buttons are intended to maximise productivity by reducing operator finger fatigue and discomfort.

Get back to basics with our original mobile phone, re-released for a limited time only. The Galaxy LTD is for those who yearn for the days when tweeting was for birds, clouds stored rain & phones were for, er…calls.

 

#1 Google Pranks… Itself

And finally an honorable mention for Google, who this year managed to prank itself after one of its joke features backfired for many of its users.

Google’s ‘mic drop’ Gmail joke backfired spectacularly as users managed to insult friends and lose jobs.

Google has long used April Fools’ Day as an opportunity to let employees have fun and show the world its playful side. This year alone, Google has over a dozen pranks, including a way to search for photos with emojis and videos about self-driving bicycles.

Let’s not be too harsh on the company – of all it’s jokes, this is the first to have serious ramifications. Their stock briefly dropped in value on the 1st, shortly recovering thereafter.

Within a few hours, Gmail had removed the button. The company wrote on its Gmail blog: “Well, it looks like we pranked ourselves this year. Due to a bug, the Mic Drop feature inadvertently caused more headaches than laughs. We’re truly sorry.”

What did you think of this years pranks? Did you play any or have any played on you?

Let us know below!

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