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Keeping with internet tradition, on April 1st, 2014, numerous websites and online services released gag videos, blogs, and features in honor of April Fool’s Day.
The Internet and software giant Google continued its annual pranking with fake product announcements across several of its platforms, including a Pokemon challenge on Google Maps and a celebrity photobombing enhancement tool for Google+’s auto awesome application that featured David Hasselhoff.
In addition to the Pokemon Challenge, Google also unveiled a number of other tongue-in-cheek product concepts, such as Google Japan’s Magic Hand device, which superfluously allows its user to operate a touchscreen smartphone or tablet device via USB-connected, joystick-controlled mechanical hand, Google Gas, which provided gas through a USB powered Gas handle from up to 4 GB, and Gmail’s Shelfie service, which allows its users to share screenshots of their custom themed inboxes. Other gags included G Analytics: Data-less Decision Making, G Apps For Business Dogs, G Fiber: Coffee to Home, AutoAwesome for resumes, G AdBirds from AdWords, and G AdSense: Interplanetary Reports.  
Meanwhile, YouTube took a satirical jab at its own viral media culture by offering a mock forecast of up-and-coming viral trends in 2014, such as Clocking, a parody of Planking and other photo fads, Baby Shaming, a parody of Dog Shaming and Glub Glub Water Dance, a music video parody advertised as the Gangnam Style of 2014.
Since 2005, YouTube’s staff has worked tirelessly behind the scenes, meticulously crafting the viral videos and Internet memes you’ve come to know and love. From mainstream hits like Gangnam Style and Harlem Shake to your obscure web forum favorites, our staff of writers, producers and directors has shaped the pop culture moments that matter in our digital lives. And this year, we’ve got a big, special announcement. For the first time, we’re looking to you, the YouTube community, to submit your own viral trend ideas.
Reddit released a motion-tracking webcam service known as “Headdit,” with the “head” being short for “Hand Equivalent Action Detection,” offering its users a hands-free way to browse and navigate around the site by moving their heads or making specific facial expressions. In the official blog announcement,2 a handful of action cues and gestures were provided in GIF form, including the frown (for downvoting), the look of surprise (for opening a link), the repeated nod (for upvoting) and even a “Cat Mode.”
After the video played, user gained a top hat on the upper left-hand corner of their profile picture.
DeviantArt also partook in the day’s activities with their concept of “ThoughtArt.” The gag used a “Browser-Brain Interface” to create and browse art on the site. Browsing for the art would take you to a random (but preselected) image and present you with a message:
Based on the communication from your neurotransmitters and your fluctuating
acetylcholine levels, this is the deviation from your mind’s search query.
Congratulations on finding the perfect match!
Players of the indie game Minecraft were greeted with a new skin on their avatar as well as completely revamped in-game sounds and soundtrack.
After enough complaints were made, Minecraft creator Markus Persson tweeted this:
I'm getting a lot of tweets about villager skins in Minecraft. We have our best exorcists working on it, should be over by April 2.
— Markus Persson (@notch) April 1, 2014
Users who navigated to the YTMND homepage on April 1st, 2014, were meet with an apparent obituary paying respect to the actor Sean Connery even though the actor was still alive.
The joke continued on their news post titled “Amazing Grace” which explained that this day was the 10th anniversary of YTMND and that Sean Connery spoke the phrase in the digital trailer for Finding Forrester which led to the creation of the original site.
Crowdfunding company Crowdtilt unveiled a project titled “Silicon Island” which made claims of being a utopia for tech startups. The island was claimed to be located 65 miles off the coast of California. The page also claimed that Dubstep would be played on the island 24 hours a day, there would be no kitchens thanks to Soylent, Bitcoin would be the official currency of the island, and food would be brought in by drones on Fridays. Through out the day, the progress meter continued to show significant donations towards their goal of $25 million.
Upon clicking the “Reserve Your Spot” button to fund it, users were reminded it was April Fools day and Crowdtilt expressed their apologies in gif.
XKCD used the day’s festivities to post a “Suggest a Line” feature for it’s comic “Lorenz.” The comic featured multiple story lines that users could choose from in a multiple choice stye pick. Many of the different story lines included references to Pokemon, Kerbal Space Program, 2048, Dinosaur Comics, and other in-site jokes. When users arrive at the last panel of their chosen story line, they are presented with the option to “Suggest A Line” which implies that the comic would receive permanent user suggested lines at some future date.
The webcomic Dinosaur Comics featured a statement above its comics declaring that the site would no longer feature “pictures that never change”, but would then on feature pictures that “constantly change”. All of the comics departed from their standard use of the same pictures and featured a many other images that replacing the T-rex, which included references to other web comics such as “XKCD”:, Penny Arcade, Sweet Bro and Hella Jeff, Problem Sleuth, and even actor Adrien Brody. Upon clicking the hyperlinked words “pictures that never change” users were given a version of the site that only featured the regular dinosaur comics images. Upon clicking “constantly change” users were directed to a version of the site where the images change much faster in a seizure inducing manor.
Clothing retailer Betabrand partnered with internet meme site Cheezburger to promote a new clothing line aimed at cats. Named the “Cheezburger Cat Shirt-and-Pajamas Collection” the site promoted cat sized Onesies, Shirts, and Muscle Tees that featured Human designs on them. Upon attempting to add the products to the cart for checkout, the pointer turned into nyan cat and visitors were prompted for verification of cat ownership via a Paw Scanner.
Know Your Meme
The internet meme database Know Your Meme offered users the chance to “Retire” old memes through the Internet Meme Retirement Program. At the top of articles, users were allowed the option to vote memes into retirement.
At the end of the day 30 Memes, Sites, Persons, and Subcultures had been moved to a “Retired” tag.
LeBron took to his Twitter account to troll his followers with the announcement of an album release.
I will be coming out with my mixtape April 16th. Feature on it Jay-Z, Drake, Ross, Meek, Juicy J, Kendrick, Snoop, and many more. "King Me"
— LeBron James (@KingJames) April 1, 2014
Which he later followed with:
April fools! HAHAHA
— LeBron James (@KingJames) April 1, 2014
Also used his Twitter to post a picture that mocked Hillary’s profile picture. The photo featured him and an enlarged iPad.
I'm following my leader! pic.twitter.com/aubau3Eeng
— Bill Clinton (@billclinton) April 1, 2014
Electronic artist Deadmau5 made the appearance as if he had been hacked by the group Anonymous by changing his profile cover and posting these updates:
Later in the day he posted an “April Fools!” update even though most fans were aware of the date.
- Missouri University of Science and Technology’s Doge Takeover
- Payday 2’s New DLC Classes
- Path of Exile goes Pay to Win
- /r/mylittlepony gets C&D on emotes and switches to MS Paint versions
- Bulbapedia Pranks
- Netflix adds a video of a rotisserie chicken cooking
- AirFrance announced via Twitter they would be adding a ‘Selfie in the Air’ feature
- Samsung announced the new ‘Samsung Fingers’ smartphone
- HTC announced the ‘HTC Gluuv’ with HoloCall
- Bon Appetit features Normcore foods
- Kickstarter goes back to ‘Kickstartr’
- Cern announces it is switching to Comic Sans on all official communications channels
- Twitter announces it’s answer to FB’s Occulus Rift purchase, the ‘Twitter Helmet’
- Nokia announces a newly designed 3310 fitted with Windows Phone 2008 and Snake II
- Gogo announces jetpack powered in-flight installation
- Kodak announces its mobile picture kiosk drone
- Samsung announces pidgin powered ‘fli-fi’
- Sega announces MEGAne Drive
- Roku announces its Roku watch
- TechCrunch announces CrunchCoin, a cryptocurency to BitCoin that can be purchased with Litecoin
- Moog announces the Synthesizer Genome Project that will ‘Shoot Rockets’
- Razer announces the wearable drone that will allow for an IRL 3rd Person viewing experince
- Tesla announced they have decided against autonomous cars, and have settled on pet-driving cars
- NPR trolls Facebook subscribers with reference to a fake article to catch people who comment without reading the article first.