There’s no weirder day to have Internet access than on April Fools’ Day.
Is that headline real? No way, are cheese milkshakes a thing? No. OMG, Frank Ocean’s new album was leaked? No. Argh. The Supreme Court ruled that 15-year-olds aren’t allowed to stay home alone? What?
Oh, that’s not real either.
What is real (and in the case of Hamburger Helper, spectacular) are the lengths some companies went for a punchline.
Here’s a shortlist of seven gags that were actually funny.
Joke: Beavertails’ kale tail
Self-deprecating punchline: We're not a health foods company
— BeaverTails_Official (@BeaverTails) April 1, 2016
Joke: Pornhub’s rebrand
Punchline: Corn rhymes with porn
— Da Tweekaz (@DaTweekaz) April 1, 2016
Joke: Google Cardboard Plastic
Self-deprecating punchline: We're not super serious about computer-mediated reality. (They are)
Joke: Library And Archives Canada’s big Wolverine documents dump
Self-deprecating punchline: Archivists can be funny, too.
Joke: Netflix’s Stamos documentary
Punchline: We have all your money and attention.
— Netflix Canada (@Netflix_CA) April 1, 2016
Joke: Hamburger Helper's full album
Punchline: No punchline, this is surprisingly good.
Joke: Esurance’s election insurance coverage
Punchline: Donald Trump.
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Quite unbelievably, a local TV station in Massachusetts managed to convince people that Great Blue Hill, in the town of Milton, was a volcano that was possibly going to erupt in 1980. Great Blue Hill is certainly not a volcano and is not even very tall, and the segment even had a message at the end saying April Fools, but the journalists at WNAC-TV in Boston must have been delighted when residents fell for their trick anyway. Until, that is, police received many calls asking if families should evacuate. The show's producer was fired.
These parents thought it would be hilarious to give their son a banana as a gift on April Fool's Day - but how wrong they were.
This woman's prank ended in her being surrounded by police and handcuffed after she 'joked' that she had killed her husband.
Once again, we learn that April Fool's jokes involving crime rarely work out well. And often end in arrest.
It wasn't your standard April Fools when American football player Bruce Irvin decided to tell fans the he was convicted for drunk driving. No-one found it funny, and the Seattle Seahawks player later said he was taking a break from Twitter because he was being trolled so much.
One 1999 prank cost its orchestrators dearly. Jokers wanting to mock the booming dot com bubble make a pretend website called WebNode, and started selling "nodes" for $100. They claimed to have raised $4 billion from the government. We don't understand what the idea was either, but bizarrely thousands of people wanted to invest in the new "nodes". They were inverstigated by the FBI and paid a huge fine after being sued by the news service Business Wire.
Hayleigh McBay went viral when she sent her boyfriend a message on WhatsApp this morning as a joke, saying, "I don't want to be with you anymore. I'm not happy." Imagine her horror when he replied, "Thank God you said it first." Luckily, it turned out in the end that it was a double bluff: he realised she was setting him up, so turned the tables on her. The pair are happily still together.
According to The Economist, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has challenged Russian leader Vladimir Putin, to a one-off judo match to decide the future of Eastern Ukraine, where violence and uncertainty have been plaguing residents since Russia annexed Crimea in 2014. We're not sure this was an appropriate joke considering there are at least 14,400 Russian soldiers in Eastern Ukraine according to US expert Stephen Blank, and more than 5,000 people have died. When reached for comment, a spokesman for Angela Merkel reportedly said: "Bring it on."