Yesterday was April Fools Day and websites across the globe participated in the event by creating hilarious hoax after hilarious hoax. While there are more than I can mention in this post I have chosen my favorites to share. If you are interested in getting the full scoop, check out AprilFoolsDayOnTheWeb.com; they have submissions from the last five years of April Fools jokes on the web. While I am only providing the briefest synopsis, I encourage you to check out some of these links for yourself as the comments left by those who have been fooled are almost as priceless as the jokes themselves!
Have you ever wanted to go back in time and send that email that you forgot about? Maybe Mom’s birthday? Well Gmail offered that option on April Fools.
Google didn’t limit their tall tales to just Earth. They provided would be gullible users with a way to travel to Mars via a partnership with Virgin Media. The partnership was appropriately named Vir-gle.
In keeping with my favorite Google jokes, I wanted to share one more by the mega company. Google Australia will allow users to search the web for content that has not yet been created!
It is an election year, and April Fools wouldn’t be the same without an Election Deathmatch. ESPN provided us with the Clinton v. Obama winner take all tournament where they could compete against one another in events such as “The Dick Cheney skeet shooting contest”.
An online dating blog broke the story that the founder of eHarmony found love on Match.com.
ThinkGeek had so many April Fools products listed that I couldn’t just choose one. I mean, could you choose between: The World's First USB Pregnancy Test Kit, The YouTube Tazeer, and Capp’n Buzz Spazztoids?
InfoWorld released story after unbelievable story: Microsoft, Yahoo agree on buyout price, Hewlett-Packard unveils new green server partnership, Steve Jobs "miracle" in the valley…and my personal favorite...
Marketers have to worry no more. TrustBanners has found the proven way to increase the desire to purchase by 87.9% in consumers by stimulating the visual cortex. Results for a banner about apples states: “92% of test subjects viewing this banner reported an unprompted compulsion to purchase apples”.
My final pick for this post is for my fellow blogger, Ryan, a known car racing aficionado around the office. Njection.com has come up with a way to provide would be racers with real time tracking of police officers.
April Fools existed before the Internet and MuseumofHoaxes.com has a list of “The Top 100 April Fool’s Day Hoaxes of All Time”, it’s a fun read. Until next year…