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2018 April Fools' Day


Added 6 years ago by Don • Updated about a year ago by Don
Added 6 years ago by Don • Updated about a year ago by Don

2018 April Fools' Day
2018 April Fools' Day

Category: Event Status: submission Year: 2018 Origin: Region:
Type: Holiday
Tags: prank april fools' websites social media

Background

On April 1st, 2018, various websites and online services released gag videos, products and features in honor of April Fools’ Day.

Developments

Google

The official Google YouTube channel released a video titled "Introducing Bad Joke Detector," highlighting a satirical feature for the application Files Go that would scan jokes saved to a smart phone and remove them to free up space (shown below).



Google Maps

Google Maps enabled a "Where's Waldo" game allowed users to search for Walso while using the Google Maps desktop or mobile application.



Google Israel

Google Israel released a video promoting the satirical "Google Cloud Hummus API" (shown below).



Google Japan

The Google Japan YouTube channel released a fake promotional video for a “physical handwriting version of the GBoard virtual keyboard" (shown below).



Burger King

The fast-food chain Burger King tweeted a video for the fictional "chocolate Whopper," a burger covered in chocolate sauce and served in a chocolate cake bun (shown below).




Reddit

On April 1st, Reddit updated the hover text for the Reddit logo to display the message "🐍 ssssoon." That day, several Reddit admins posted ASCII art of a snake, a badger and a mushroom.[1] Meanwhile, the /r/sneksnek[4] subreddit was launched, which many Redditors speculated was related to the April Fools' event, causing various subreddits to shut down as part of a "snek blackout."[5]

On April 2nd, an update was made to an /r/aprilfools[2] "Megathread" about the Reddit event, noting that the official Reddit April Fools' prank update was scheduled to launch with the /r/circleoftrust[6] later that day. Shortly after, the /r/circleoftrust subreddit was opened to the public, allowing users to invite others into their "circle of trust" by providing a unique pass phrase. Many speculated that the game was designed to be some sort of non-zero sum game similar to the prisoner's dilemma.

Amazon

The Amazon Publishing Twitter feed tweeted a video announcing a new service to physically deliver "Your favorite authors to your front door" (shown below).




Netflix

Netflix published a satirical press release announcing that actor Seth Rogen signed a "lifetime deal" granting the company "full ownership of his personal autonomy."[3]

Discord

The Discord YouTube channel uploaded a promotional video for the fake messaging feature to message a random person with the tag "@someone" (shown below).



Snapchat

Snapchat unveiled a filter that places a Facebook-style decoration around a photo along with text displayed with a Cyrillic script font, which many interpreted as a joke mocking reports about the role Facebook played in the Russian Interference in the 2017 Presidential Election.


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Rick and Morty

Adult Swim released a video titled Bushworld Adventures featuring a Rick and Morty parody cartoon by animator Michael Cusack (shown below).



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Comments ( 18 )

  • Nightfury Treann - 6 years ago

    +188
  • nabusco - 6 years ago

    Truly the tradition. but this time with a twist.

    +4
  • Nightfury Treann - 6 years ago

    +2
  • I keep my ideals - 6 years ago

    The best part of this Easter Fools day was MemeX.

    0
    • AL2009man - 6 years ago

      no, that belongs to Toonami.

      +2
  • AL2009man - 6 years ago

    no, that belongs to Toonami.

    +2
  • Youyou Meme - 6 years ago

    that chocolate wopper though

    i'd consider moving to a country that has Burger King if that drops

    +2
  • Starchie - 6 years ago

    Not gonna lie. That chocolate whopper looks tasty.

    +5
  • I am AHO Right? - 6 years ago

    The past couple years have been such a joke that even the big companies that normally make something crazy have run out of ideas, lmao.

    +2
  • ImYourAverageMemer - 6 years ago

    "Google Maps enabled a 'Where’s Waldo' game allowed users to search for Walso while using the Google Maps desktop or mobile application."

    "Walso"

    +19
  • Kenetic Kups - 6 years ago

    I swear some pther popular burger chain already made a chocolate one irl

    0
  • Steve - 6 years ago

    much more tame this year, considering aprils fools day was on easter this year.

    +4
  • HumbleWaterFilterMerchant - 6 years ago

    I can hear your arteries screaming from here.

    +4
  • I keep my ideals - 6 years ago

    Japanese FLCL Season 3.

    Fair enough.

    0
  • Winday, Furries Pirate - 6 years ago

    Reddit game are pretty weak this year. Same go for gaming company which I always have high expectation for.

    0
  • bennett999 - 6 years ago

    The official Pokemon social media accounts got taken over by Team Rocket asking the internet to come up with a new plan to catch pikachu and failed

    +3
  • Flygon the Weeb - 6 years ago

    /r/Kirby became a Susie-themed Subreddit for the day…

    there were revolutions with Bandana Waddle Dee and Plugg in less than 3 Hours.

    +2
  • Sping4 - 6 years ago

    no talk of the whole tumblcoin thing?

    0
  • HJSDGCE - 6 years ago

    Derpibooru, the main MLP image booru, decided to turn the entire site into a huge communist propaganda and had one of the mods act like Starlight Glimmer, a character in the MLP:FiM series known for her "equality" ideals which mirror real life communism.

    An image booru put more effort than huge companies. Damn, this April Fools was really weak.

    +1
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