April Fools’ Day offers a nationwide hall-pass for all pranksters to show the best in their repertoire while people who don’t appreciate pranks can only wait for it to pass. On this year’s April Fools’ Day, the Internet experienced a significant upload of funny jokes and pranks worthy of a few laughs, as well as some not so funny ones.
As many people joined their friends into tricking their families and friends pranked each other, companies provided the funniest ones, as well as locations considered national icons.
For instance, the mobile manufacturing company Samsung, forever rival to Apple, launched a funny released claiming that old is the new new. The fake post advertising the Samsung’s Galaxy LTD showed a picture of one of the first phones ever created, commonly known as ‘bricks’, yet caused many laughs to its viewers on a first glimpse.
On an impressive feature in general, London’s Big Ben woke up with a ‘fresh’ image on the morning of April 1 as it showed the iconic clock with a facelift and a sponsor. The renowned liquor company Pimm’s was the responsible for the Big Ben’s makeover, as the company took matters seriously in order to fool its customers. The company started the day with a photo published on their Twitter feed showing the supposed contract with Big Ben for the sponsoring of the clock under the hashtag, #pimmsoclock.
What’s more, the British company went ahead and disguised the Big Ben clock with a Pimm’s background, what can indicate there was in fact, a deal with London’s Big Ben. The automaker company giant BMW also joined the mockery for April Fools’ Day as it published a photo on its Twitter feed where the company presumably advertised shoes for toddlers.
Less funny pranks of the 2016 April Fools’ Day
The company humorously tried to sell the BMW baby shoes claiming they offer total stability for a better walking experience and they would stop toddlers from falling over. Even though it didn’t caused much commotion as it lacked a bit of creativity, the publicity stunt go people talking, which is always good for companies. Nevertheless, the price for the most awkward prank on this year’s April Fools’ Day is for Google to take it.
Google tried to prank its users with a feature only introduced for today that fooled its users thinking they were sending a message via Gmail, but attached a secret gif. Oblivious to any Gmail user that wasn’t paying too much attention, the send button was actually a feature called Mic Drop that basically attached a gif showing a minion dropping a microphone.
The minions are the odd, yellow characters from the Despicable Me animated movie. As the prank consisted of not only attaching the gif to the email, but also preventing further responses from the recipient – in reference to having the last word with the Mic Drop – Google received much criticism for its prank. Even though the prank backfired on Google, the company giant was able to remove the feature before further damage was done.