8 Awesome 2015 April Fool’s Day Things Happening Right Now
So, it’s that time again. April 1st. Where the internet dissolves into chaos as everyone frantically tries to distinguish reality from the most cruel, unusual and amusing forms of deception, and journalists everywhere lament having to round them up. Well, not here! Today, we welcome our April Fool’s Day overlords!
Here’s a look at some of our favorite shenanigans that have surfaced so far:
1. Google Maps Pac-Man…and More
It’s all fun and games until Google wins April Fool’s Day. Google has been famous for their silly spoofs since the dawn of the internet* and this year they have delivered in full.
Welcome, Player 1! We’re guessing you’ve taken Pac-Man for a spin around your block by now, dodging Blinky, Pinky, Inky, (and Clyde!) in the streets of your neighborhood or other famous locations. The classic arcade game feature was added to Google Maps early Tuesday morning, as the sun literally rose for April 1st in Asia, and the first wave of realization that April Fool’s Day was here began to dawn on the internet. Did you know it also works on mobile, if you can find one of the hidden pins that activates the game? Office productivity is sure to take a serious hit.
*Give or take a few years
But the madness doesn’t stop there. Google flipped out, literally, with Google Mirror. Also on their roster of new faux features are the Google Panda, Keyless Keyboard, #ChromeSelfie, and SmartBox – the ‘snail mail’ mailbox of the future.
2. These New ThinkGeek Products
Every year we geek out with the best of them over the arrival of the new April Fool’s day products at ThinkGeek, many of which have since become the stuff of legend, and sometimes even glorious realities (tauntaun sleeping bags anyone?) This year’s delightful selection includes:
- Delicious, frosty Groot Beer (We. Are. Thirsty.)
- A Multi-level cat condo shaped like Voltron, Defender of the Universe
- 360 degree selfie sticks, which bring narcissism full circle
- Game of Thrones Clue (Spoiler alert: everyone is the murderer)
- Mad Max inspired Power Wheels for tikes
3. Blizzard introduces ‘Big Head’ Mode to Heroes of the Storm
“Boom! Headshot!” Another major player in the world of pranks, Blizzard kicked off April Fool’s Day by adding some huge noggins to their game, Heroes of the Storm. Everyone who logs into the beta on Battle.net today will find all of the heroes now have enormous craniums, thanks to a new patch that includes the new ‘Big Head’ Mode.
4. Amazon has gone retro
Amazon users got a surprise when they logged on: the retail site had been reverted to its 1999 appearance and greeted visitors with a message saying “Amazon.com has gone retro — April Fools?”
What’s possibly even more bizarre is that their new Dash button, which was unveiled yesterday and enables users to purchase household items from anywhere in their house, does not appear to be a joke.
5. May the Force be with EU
Even scientists are getting in on the gags. CERN researchers have used the Large Hadron Collider to smash together two of the world’s favorite things Star Wars and April Fools’ pranks in a press release confirming the discovery of The Force.
CERN theorist Ben Kenobi has claimed that The Force is what gives a particle physicist his powers and binds the galaxy together. However, dark-matter researcher Dave Vader was unimpressed, and dismisses the revelation claiming, “Asteroids do not concern me.”
6. Funny or Die announced the new Kevin Bacon prank reality show Bacon’d
The question is, who is going to be able to explain this to Gamora?