2016 April Fools' Day

2016 April Fools' Day

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On April 1st, 2016, various websites and online services released gag videos, products and features in honor of April Fools' Day.

Notable Developments


On March 31st, Google released a new button on Gmail titled “Mic Drop,” which would reply to an email with an animated GIF of a Minion, a recurring character in the Despicable Me_ film franchise, dropping a mic when pressed. After receiving many reports[2] from users who accidentally hit the button instead of “Send,” Google removed the prank feature.[1] Also on March 31st, the Official Gmail Blog[3] unveiled a new “Smart Reply” feature, which suggests various emojis to send in place of “boring text replies.”

Adopting a dog this weekend:) Inbox x Anissa Lee 8:10 AM (19 minutes ago) I'm super pumped- can't wait! 18 older messages Lindsay Carter Cats are way better, you should adopt a cat. Tim Greer to Lindsay, me, Anissa Cats are cool, but you can't take them for a run. #DogsRule 8:24 AM (4 minutes ago) 8:26 AM (3 minutes ago) Click here to Reply, Reply to all, or Forward Program Policies Powered by Google 6:00 Looking for documentation Stella Schieffer to me 10:06 AM Do you have any documentation on how to use the new software? If not, maybe you could put something together, it would be really useful for onboarding Reply Yes, I do. 委委委

Additionally, promotional videos for Google's Cardboard Plastic “actual reality” device (shown below, top, left), a parody of virtual reality devices, the “realBooks” product (shown below, top, right), the self-driving bike (shown below, bottom, left) and the Google Photos emoji search (shown below, bottom, right) were released on YouTube.

On April 1st, Google Maps unveiled Groovy Maps, featuring the Google Maps mascot Pegman dressed in 1970’s disco-themed apparel (shown below).

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The same day, YouTube unveiled its the “SnoopaVision” feature for select videos, allowing users to view 360 degree videos of rapper Snoop Dogg watching popular YouTube videos in a movie theater (shown below).

Duolingo Pillow

The language learning platform Duolingo[5] posted ads for a new pillow device that helps people learn languages while they sleep (shown below).

CEREBRAL CORTEX CUSHION Our state of the art synthetic fibers encourage development in the cerebral cortex, which improves language retention. LINGUISTIC REINFORCEMENT VIBRATION Our proprietary algorithm uses Morse code to subtly teach your brain new language vocabulary and concepts AUDITORY CORTEX TRANSMITTERS Using high frequency sounds, the pillow transmits audio samples that teach you pronunciation.

Mark Zuckerberg for H&M

The clothing retailer H&M unveiled a prank clothing line by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg (shown below).


McDonald's MmmBox

The fast food chain restaurant company McDonald’s launched a promotional website for a fake “MmmBox”[7] monthly subscription service for deliveries of lunch boxes for various lifestyles, including “The Artisan,” “The Ribster” and “The Minimalist” (shown below).

Bo 0 The Artisan The Ribster The Minimalist


The food delivery website GrubHub[4] unveiled the ride-share service Grüber, which allows people to “hitch rides with Grubhub’s existing delivery drivers” as a parody of the on-demand taxi service Uber.

GGrüber Introducing Grüber Our Revolutionary Ride Share Product


The adult entertainment website PornHub changed the site's homepage to "CornHub," featuring various videos of corn being "shucked," "plowed" and "popped."

ornhub ★ Upgrade Upload ME VIDEOS ▼ CORN CASINO COMMUNITY ▼ PHOTOS & GIFS CATEGORIES ▼ LIVE CORN PREMIUM Exclusive corn's full scene: She goes crazy for his salty taste. Watch full scene here. orn Videos + More C Remove Ads Corn hub PREMIUM HD 45:12 HD 30:01 Q: WHY IS CORNHUB PREMIUM BUTTER? on the cob views 99% Hot young corn gets plowed 43,223 views 96% A: NO COMMITMENT GET CORNHUB PREMIUM NOW HD 34.31 HD 09:00 time kernel popping Hard shucking like you've never seen! 72,009 views 99% Ads By Trattic Junky

4chan Google+

The imageboard 4chan was redesigned to appear as if it were the social networking site Google+, assigning random names to each anonymous user.

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Hearthstone: The MMO

The video game studio Blizzard posted a video for a new "epic game from Blizzard Entertainment" based on the World of Warcraft-inspired online game card Hearthstone.

Reddit's Robin

Reddit unveiled a new page containing a single button with a red robin, while takes users to a chatroom upon being clicked where they can vote to either "Abandon," "Stay" or "Grow" (shown below).[8]

Robin will run until 2016-04-08. Find out more at r/joinrobin 0 Stay Abandon Grow Allow desktop notifications

External References

[1] Blogspot – Introducing Gmail Mic Drop

[2] Gmail Help Forum – Send and Drop Mic

[3] Blogspot – Official Gmail Blog

[4] PR Newswire – Grubhub Launches Gruber

[5] Duolingo – Duolingo Pillow

[6] MarkForHM – Mark Zuckerberg for H&M

[7] McDonalds – MmmBox

[8] Reddit – Join Robin

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