With the rise and rise of social media we’re seeing more companies investing efforts into creating ridiculous yet somewhat believable pranks for April Fools’ Day.
Our modern day obsession with technology has allowed big brands to take advantage of this day, with some leading to disastrous consequences: we’re looking at your ‘mic-drop’ prank Google!
Here’s our list of the best pranks this year:
So maybe their Minion prank didn’t go as well as they’d hoped, but let’s talk about Google Express. Have you ever looked up at the sky and dreamt that Beer Bong you ordered online would be delivered, floating gracefully down from the sky? On 31st of March, Google released a YouTube advert making that exact dream a reality.
Titled ‘Introducing new delivery technology from Google Express’ the big cheese of search engines promises you fast delivery on all your purchases not just at your home, but wherever you happen to be at that exact moment. Thanks Google…
‘Airbnb for academia’
Some major universities are located in the heart of beautiful cities, and with high demand from city breakers across the globe for these central spots at a reasonable cost, in steps Airbnb. Launching an April fools prank claiming that universities will be ‘forced’ to sign up and agree to rent out their office space to tourists and business travellers, under the notion that ‘it will be easy enough for academics to sling a camp bed and sleeping bag in the corner of the office before they leave work’.
The article goes on to explain lecturers voicing their concerns of the project as ‘efficiency gone mad’ and that they’ve been asked to minimise the number of academic books on display in these offices as they can look ‘a bit scruffy and unappealing to guests.
Quit being so inconsiderate guys and let Airbnb rent your lovely offices to strangers!
‘Google Search for your socks’
Google Australia released an alleged new product that relates to something all of us can sympathise with, the curse of lost socks. We all appreciate the pain of doing a wash and realising a mysterious goblin has stolen your precious socks leaving you with miss matched pairs.
The article claims that Google are teaming up with retailers across Australia to launch a new range of ‘Searchable Socks’. Socks will be fitted with thin blue-tooth LTE beacons that wrap around the top lower calf and look like traditional coloured strips you’d usually see on socks.
Although a clever prank, it’s not such a bad idea!
‘Experience YouTube in #Snoopavision’
Yep, the title says it all. YouTube launched a brilliant April Fools’ prank, teasing users with a new feature, SnoopaVision, a fully immersive experience that lets you watch any video on YouTube in 360 degrees, with Snoop Dogg.
All of us at one time in our lives have become lost in the world of YouTube, where you search for a simple video on recipes and end up in a loop of cats, dogs and the dramatic chipmunk whilst reading through all those wonderful YouTube comments.
Everything that is wonderful about YouTube can now be enjoyed with your buddy Snoop!
Let us know your favourite pranks of the day, or if you’ve found any worth sharing comment below!