Yesterday was the Super Bowl for jokers.
Yes, it’s that time of year again that people try to fool you. Sometimes you can’t believe how you were able to be fooled, but can it go to far? – you decide!
Looking back at why this day is what it is, here is what the Chicago Tribune has to say:
So do you think April Fools’ pranks all appropriate, and can they actually cause a company harm? My answer is that it can be debatable!
I have provided a list of pranks that companies have done, which have been shared on social media and online platforms. Also, when it comes to digital-related pranks – these can be really scary at first (see number 2)!
1. The “Prank Pack”
These are “products” that are sold by the company Prank Pack in their physical store (Minnesota), on their website, and can be purchased on Amazon and at retailers, such as Target. So what are you getting here?
Basically just an empty box 😦
The box has an image of a product that you probably have never heard of or seen (ridiculous but plausible products), like the “Beer Beard” or the “iArm.” The Beer Beard is intended to be a secret beverage dispenser, but to be honest, the iArm made me wish I had it – for those who like to multitask – imagine sipping on a cup of coffee, while talking on the phone and looking at your iPad simultaneously. Another “product” that was interesting was the iDrive – yet even if this was real, it could be a terrible distractor on the road! The iArm and the iDrive packaging even looks tech savvy, and its logo resembles that of Apple. Though, some “products” do look like the cheesiest products you would buy from TV commercials.
Prices range from $5 – 15 on their website, and depending on the size and shape of the box. As mentioned in the video bellow, creativity and “thinking outside the box” makes this work, and sometimes people call in to complain that they really want this product created (but it doesn’t happen). Also, this “gift” can be easily passed a long, so you can continue the “pranking chain.”
You can either send someone a different gift inside or leave the box empty. He/she may say thank goodness it’s not that quirky product displayed, or may just be disappointed that they didn’t find that product or a product inside. Either way, you can easily fool that person.
**And there was this one as well – MAKE BATHROOMS GREAT AGAIN!**
Trumps’s Tweet Printer (was sold out on the website).
2. Shattered by King of Sporks
Have you ever dropped your phone fall on the floor, and of course Murphy makes it fall face down? Now did you almost have a heart attack that your screen broke??
Well why don’t we make it even worse! (It is April Fools after all, lets go all the way).
These are stickers that are sold on Amazon for $7.99. They come in a pack of four screen static prank decals, and have the fragmented-looking crack embedded in them. The stickers can be placed (and reused) on mobiles, laptops, TVs, windshields, mirrors, etc.
A review on Amazon shows that this gag actually worked (for 3 seconds though). The father managed to fool his kids with Shattered on April Fool’s Day:
3. Snapchat Copies FB
Snapchat’s April Fool’s joke ,or “revenge” for everything FB has copied from it thus far, included Snapchat’s new filter that makes every image look like an Instagram photo. This was a first time indication that Snapchat acknowledges this issue, and was considered to be by many the best April Fools’ prank in tech this year.
4. Yahoo’s Trader Joe’s Prank
The calendar showed March 31, 2016, and so “ahead of the game,” Delaney Strunk, a food writer, posted a fake news article on the Yahoo Style section about Trader Joe’s closing off all of their stores nationwide within the next year, and it was depicted as one of the cruelest April Fool’s pranks last year. Yahoo had later taken it down. While the quote at the very end of the article alluded to a joke: “there isn’t enough cookie butter in the world to pave the road ahead,” many believed the joke came across as too harsh.
So where could there be a problem?
- An average reader usually gets halfway through any given news article before leaving the page, combined with the fact that it had been premature.
- People may have thought their favorite grocery chain was going under.
- The hassle Trader Joe’s had to go through to reassure its customers that it’s not shutting down – it was misleading!
- Furthermore, people usually get mad when others begin “their” April Fool’s Day too early or too late, or turn it into multiple days (or weeks?..).
Here were the reactions to Yahoo’s prank:
Model and TV star Christine Teigen:
And you can always apologize afterwards (lets hope so) by purchasing this gift on Amazon for $143.21… hey your jokes can be expensive!
So how did you spend your April Fool’s Day? Did you get fooled yesterday? Share your thoughts in the comments bellow on April Fool’s Day or on any pranks that you’ve heard of through social media or digitally-related.