Category: April Fools

April Fools 2016

Each year, I enjoy the jokes that the companies put out on the Internet.  Here’s my list…

Google Cardboard Plastic

I think this is my favorite joke:

Google Cardboard Plastic

Useless Light Switch

I need to get this light switch for the boys since they are always leaving the lights on.

ThinkGeek: Useless Light Switch

Useless Light Switch

Open Table Taste

You can try a restaurant before you go now.

Wonder Paw

Teach your dog to code!

Duolingo Pillow

You can learn a new language easier now:

Duolingo Pillow

Duolingo Pillow

 

Redbox Kiosk Ambassador

Redbox has new job openings!  Check out their website.

Now Hiring: Kiosk Ambassadors!

GMail Mic Drop

It sounds like the Mic Drop is an example of how you have to be careful with April Fools.  In my opinion, an April Fool’s joke should be obvious.  It should make someone laugh, not feel stupid or irritated.  As with any joking or rough housing, it’s always easy to get carried away even unintentionally.  Google didn’t mean to, but they seem to have caused problems by adding this joke to GMail.

Official GMail Blog

Sony’s Proton Pack

Now you can catch your own ghosts!

Groupon Cat Reader

Need a coupon to hire someone to read to your cat?

Groupon: Groupon Reads to Your Cat. Mystery Sitcom Star Available.

Prysm Infinity Aerosol Display

Just spray and display!

Prysm Infinity: Simply Spray and Display

Waterpik Shower Belt

It’s better to be safe in the show.  Check out the new shower belt.

Sources

April Fools 2013 in Review

Google’s April Fools

I think Google Nose is my favorite.  The video is well done and made me laugh.

YouTube Contest

Google Treasure Maps

GMail Blue

Google Fiber has been a target a couple of times for April Fools.  So, here’s this year’s: Google Fiber at the Pole

Sony

Their animalia line of products had some creative laughs in it:

White House

Twitter

Twitter’s announcement about charging for vowels was very creative.

Death Star Trench Toss

For Star Wars, this trench toss game might be a hit:

AdaFruit Write-Only Drive

This probably deserved a video.  You could have a lot of fun with a write-only drive:

adafruit: NEW PRODUCT – Cygnus X-1 Write Only Drive

Basket Weaving

This basket weaving course was pretty well done:

Da Vinci

This funny claim that Da Vinci first thought up the Google Glass project was appropriate since my son just got done reading a book about him.

Math Shadow

This math class shadow is old, but I hadn’t run across it before.  It was very clever and funny:

More

If that’s not enough, you can check out the hall of fame for pranks:

ABC News: The Top April Fools’s Day Hoaxes

Resources

April Fool’s 2010

Each year, it is always fun to see all of the creative jokes on the Internet.  This year was fun as always.  My day started off with doing searches on the Topeka search engine!

Here are some of my favorite from the past and present:

Google TiSP

Spaghetti tree hoax

Spaghetti trees: The BBC television programme Panorama ran a famous hoax in 1957, showing Italians harvesting spaghetti from trees. They had claimed that the despised pest, the spaghetti weevil, had been eradicated. A large number of people contacted the BBC wanting to know how to cultivate their own spaghetti trees. It was, in fact, filmed in St AlbansHertfordshireEngland.

Taco Liberty Bell

Taco Liberty Bell: In 1996, Taco Bell took out a full-page advertisement in The New York Times announcing that they had purchased theLiberty Bell to “reduce the country’s debt” and renamed it the “Taco Liberty Bell.” When asked about the sale, White House press secretaryMike McCurry replied tongue-in-cheek that the Lincoln Memorial had also been sold and would henceforth be known as the Lincoln Mercury Memorial.

from Engadget — the time traveller

A time-traveling mystery man has this morning been arrested by Swiss police. Early reports indicate he had returned from the future in order to sabotage the Large Hadron Collider, prevent the discovery of the Higgs boson particle, and avert a future world he describes as “a communist chocolate hellhole.”

from Engadget — iPhone converter

An iPhone-to-iPad converter has been unveiled, with a touchscreen magnifying glass allowing you to enjoy a bona fide jumbo iPhone experience without shelling out unnecessary cash.

from Engadget — TubTop laptop

CTRL-ALT … PUMP!

The TubeTop features instant inflation both quickly and safely with just a few key strokes. Simply press and hold the CTRL and ALT keys and then type in P-U-M-P. The integrated inner tube quickly fills with air and you’ll be surfing in no time. The best part? You won’t even need an actual pump!

Here are some links about some of the other ones that I came across:

Bible Study: April Fool’s Day 2

Building on the previous post,  here is another thought about April Fool’s Day.  April Fool’s Day is not a holiday for the truth!

The Bible says that Jesus is the truth:

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

— John 14:6

The verse says Jesus is the truth, not that He is truthful.  If he was just truthful, one dishonest slip or action would simply mean that he is just not quite as full of the truth.  But, the truth is His identity.  One dishonest slip and Jesus ceases to be who He claims.  The truth is important to Christ!

We are called to be like Jesus, which could only mean that we should strive to be honest in all things.  For example, Paul said:

Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.

I Corithians 11:1

We follow Jesus’ example not to obtain salvation, but because of what He did for us.  After receiving salvation from Him, following His example is the least we could do.  Any, maybe it will lead others to accepting His free gift of salvation.

In conclusion, any April Fool’s joke should at least be clear in that it is a joke.  You should not leave the reader or observer to doubt when all is said and done what is the truth.  The goal should be to make people laugh, not deceive them.

Bible Study: April Fool’s Day

Is April Fool’s Day Biblical?  Well, I know that the Bible is still applicable on April Fool’s Day, but God wants us to enjoy life and have fun at the same time.  So, this year, I would like to explore humor guidelines and April Fool’s Day from the perspective of the Bible.  So, if you have any input, please sound off in the comments.

First thought:

Master, which is the great commandment in the law?  Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment.  And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

— Matthew 22:36-39

The golden rule still applies on April Fool’s Day.  We should ask ourselves this question before any joke: would I want this joke played on me?  That doesn’t mean we can’t play any jokes, but we want the other person to laugh, not get angry.

Please let me know if you have any other ideas for where to take this study.  I started by looking up “funny” and “humor” in my Thompson Chain study Bible, but I didn’t find either.

Update: More April Fool’s

Last year, I stumbled upon a few more April Fool’s day links, but never got around to posting them.  Here they are:

Since these jokes have caught my attention each year, I plan to start ahead of time rather than posting things late.

April Fool’s 2008

Last year, I was a little late with the April Fool’s day post, but this year I hope to post it in a more timely fashion.

The Google Operating System blog posted an article about some of Google’s April Fool’s Day jokes. I think I like the gDay one the best. Google got me with the “New! Gmail custom time” link!

The post also pointed to a Wikipedia article about Google’s past jokes. The Google TiSP was hilarious to me; check it out.

Wired published a top 10 list of jokes. I like the “Just another windows-related crash.”, but that is only because I wasn’t part of the $3 billion lost.

Musuem of Hoaxes has a top 100 list of jokes.  The Taco Liberty Bell, Spaghetti growing on trees, Sid Finch learning to pitch baseball at a monastery, the left handed whopper are all part of the list.

One project I have been following is Haiku, a new operating system. They posted a small April Fool’s Day joke! According to them, they have overtaken Google and renamed Google Summer of Code to Summer of Assembler Poetry!

Airlines joined the ranks of the jokers by offering to allow passengers to upgrade for $12 to a seat in the overhead bins.