April Fool’s Day, the celebrated holiday for pranksters and a dreaded day of prankees everywhere. Pranking reaches back through human history. According to the History Channel, April Fools may have been around since 1582, when France switched up its calendar from Julian to Gregorian, causing confusion everywhere. People were still celebrating the beginning of the year around April and to call these mistaken merrymakers out, people would slap a paper fish on their backs similar to the more modern “Kick Me” sign.
Paper fish were great back in the 1500’s, but the world has gone digital and so has April Fool’s Day. So what are some notable pranks of our time?
Star Wars on the Subway
Improv Everywhere is a group that regularly performs large scale pranks on the unsuspecting populace of NYC. This is one of my favorite pranks they ever pulled. Of course, things like this happen on the subway almost daily, so you can easily pick out the jaded locals by how they do not react to Leia or the amassing Stormtroopers.
Google Maps: Pokémon Challenge
Google loves their pranks and they create some pretty masterful ones. Back in 2014, they released a new augmented reality Pokémon version of Google Maps for iPhone or Android that allowed you to scour the globe for your favorite pocket monsters. This is one of those pranks that I wish could be real.
The Day the Youtube Stopped
The Pokemon Challenge is just one example of their sense of humor. Back in 2013, Google announced the end of Youtube. They explained that the site was created to be a contest to find the best video in the world. They would no longer accept new videos and would be deleting the entirety of the content already existing on Youtube once they had picked the winner.
Youtube would make its triumphant return in 2023 to announce the winner, because, let’s be honest, it would take at least that long to watch every video uploaded in the 8 years Youtube had existed. My favorite quote from the video: “Look, I’m pretty sure that the first 10 minutes of ‘Citizen Kane’ is great, but what I love about ‘Epic Skateboard Fail’ is that it’s short, it’s funny, and it’s straight to the point.” If you listen real closely, you might just hear Orson Welles’ ghost sobbing quietly in a corner.
ThinkGeek’s Yearly Prank Products
Seriously ThinkGeek, I would buy this stuff.
T-Mobile: Pets Unleashed
T-Mobile wasn’t about to let our pets go un-pranked. In 2015, they created this ad for a news service directed straight towards your furry best friends. With T-Mobile’s Pets Unleashed plan, your dog could take all the selfies it liked without annihilating your data. It was advertised as only costing $5 a month which Rover could make in one afternoon of guard dog duty. Just remember to activate the Pet Parental Controls if you are nervous about what your buddy might be watching.
The Great Geek & Sundry Switch-Up
Even our own Geek & Sundry Vloggers got in on the April Fools action back in 2014 by switching places on their shows.
Tell us about the best pranks you ever pulled or let us know what your favorite pranks from around the web are in the comments below!
Featured Image Credit: Improv Everywhere