April Fools’ Day
Mar 30, 2016
As we near the end of March, we can look back and reflect on some stupendous holidays that we’ve enjoyed this month. Between St. Patrick’s Day and Easter, there’s been a lot of celebrating to get done. But don’t forget to look ahead as well, because April is just around the corner! And of course, the very first thing on the agenda will be April Fools’ Day on April 1.
If you’re still mentally recovering from the theatrics of family dinner on Easter this past Sunday, don’t worry. Celebrating April Fools’ Day can be as simple as a quick browse around the web to laugh at some of the ridiculous fake announcements that companies will put out to give you a chuckle. Even better, enjoy watching your Facebook friends - even actual magazines and news publications - fall for the pranks. Truth be told, some of the pranks from past years from major companies have been so convincingly done that we can see how it would be easy to fall for them. But lucky for you, we’re here to warn you of some of the biggest culprits, so you don’t end up being the “fool” on April 1. :)
- Google. Google is the king of online April Fools’ fun, and frequently their “pranks” take the form of fun games or cool tricks integrated into their many services. In 2015, for example, Google Maps amused us by integrating a playable Pac-Man game into maps of the real world! Google is definitely one of the first stops to make on your April Fools’ Day tour.
- Amazon. This online retail giant is known for great customer service - and on April Fools’, they tend to serve up some great fun to their customers. Last year, they reverted their site’s homepage to look just like it did in 1999. Visitors could easily get back to the real site to continue their shopping with all the modern convenience we expect from Amazon, but still - nothing like a blast from the past to make you feel a little dated.
- Netflix. Would you expect any less from an entertainment icon like Netflix? In 2014, Netflix announced two new “Netflix originals,” which were simply episode-length videos of food cooking - yum. Last year, they released a PSA campaign warning of the dangers of “binge watching.” Can’t say they don’t know their audience!
There’s plenty of other culprits to watch out for, especially tech companies like Apple and Samsung. But ultimately, it comes down to this: don’t believe everything you read on the internet. Especially on April 1.
Have you been the victim of a prank? Don’t worry; we’re here to help you get sweet, sweet revenge.
Posted by: Alicia Milligan