Pranks for the Memories: The 10 Best April Fools’ Jokes of 2014
Today is the first day of April, which means that a) nothing you read on the Internet can be trusted, and b) everybody is trying desperately to outdo each other with ridiculous April Fools’ jokes. In fact, 2014 has already been a record-setting year for tomfoolery, with more than 3.2 million web pranks published so far on this day.
Had you going there for a second, didn’t we?
Here are 10 of the funniest April Fools’ pranks for 2014. So far.
Google gone wild
As we all know, April Fools’ Day is a holiday invented by Google to remind us that it owns the Internet and can take it back anytime it wants to. Also: It knows what kind of underwear you’re wearing. Seriously.
Because no April Fools’ story would be complete without several disturbingly well-thought-out pranks from Google — and because we would really like Yahoo Tech to show up in its search results someday — we’re including three of the better ones in our roundup.
Pokémon Challenge: Want a job at Google? All you need to do is hunt down Bulbasaurs, Charmeleon, and other Pokémon creatures hiding in the real world. You’ll also need the Google Maps app on your mobile phone and a working Poké Ball (of course).
Google Emoji Translate: Reading is so overrated. Now you can take any web page inside the mobile version of Chrome and translate most of it into smiling blobs and other emotive illustrations. It’s totally :-).
Snooze you can use
Here’s a Google spoof that didn’t come from Google. Created by Dutch app developer Kakhiel and design firm Venour, Google Naps uses the ad giant’s mapping API to display the best places for snoozing in public, including benches, beds, fields, and bridges. This is one of those faux products we wish was real. So how about it, Venour? You probably can’t use the name “Google Naps,” but we hear “Napster” might be available.
Smells like cheese spirit
With Cheeteau, Frito-Lay enters the pungent-yet-profitable world of designer fragrances. Based on the personal essence of Cheetos mascot Chester Cheetah, the scent has been described as both “buttery” and “deliciously cheesy.” And, yes, the company really did make this stuff; you can enter a contest to win a bottle here. Because who doesn’t want to smell like “a stinking lustful cloud of aged cheddar”?