2017 April Fools' Day
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On April 1st, 2017, various websites and online services released gag videos, products and features in honor of April Fools' Day.
The Washington Post has kept an updating list of noteworthy pranks associated with the holiday, which many began celebrating on March 31st, as April 1st, 2017 is a Saturday.
On April 1st, 4chan renamed some of the site boards, making them look like they were merged with other boards. The following boards were renamed
>>>/can/ – Animals/Cute (/c/ – Cute)
>>>/cock/ – Comics & Cartoons & Cooking (/co/ – Comics & Cartoons)
>>>/fap/ – Fashion & Photography (/fa/ – Fashion)
>>>/fitlit/ – Well-Rounded Citizens (/fit/ – Fitness)
>>>/mo/ – Mecha & Auto (/m/ – Mecha)
>>>/mlpol/ – My Little Politics (/mlp/ – My Little Pony)
Google Maps Pac-Man
One of the most popular April Fools jokes released on March 31st was Google Maps' Pac-Man app. Google made it so it was possible to play Pac-Man on real-live streets via their maps app. They released a similar app on April Fools Day in 2015.
Kars4Kids, a program with a notoriously awful jingle and confusing mission, released a video joking that cars donated to the service would be given to kids to drive.
The company Lucid Mattress released a video advertising the "Harambed," a mattress made in honor of Harambe.
Fake "Smart" Products
A few non-tech companies advertised that they would be introducing "Smart" products to track personal habits. For example, Quilted Northern advertised "smart" toilet paper which would track users' bathroom usage and KFC introduced a "smart" bucket.
Netflix released "Netflix Live," a video that shows comedian and actor doing a stream-of-consciousness monologue Will Arnett narrating over mundane visuals.
/r/place was an interactive forum hosted on the social networking site Reddit that allowed its users to draw on a blank white canvas by placing a square tile, available in 16 available colors and dispensed every 5 minutes, on its surface. Launched as an April Fools Day event in 2017, the novelty subreddit quickly grew into a social experiment involving tens of thousands of members on the site over the course of its 64-hour run.
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