April Fools 2017: All The Online Gags And Pranks You Missed This Weekend

April Fools 2017: All The Online Gags And Pranks You Missed This Weekend
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The first day of April is always a difficult 24 hours to navigate if you want to avoid being tripped up by some zany product or service announcement from the likes of Google, Microsoft or, as we’ve seen today, Uncle Tobys and James Squire. To help you stay ahead of the game, we’ve selected the delicious (and not-so-delicious) fake stuff and put it all in the one place.

Turns out, a fair few local companies are adept leg-pullers, so you’ll see a mix of international and Australian gags below. Now, let’s get started…

Lubricate Your Facial Hair With James Squire

Everyone knows how hard it is to keep that hipster beard in check, so why not try a bit of James Squire’s “Brewer Dry Hopped Beard Oil” to tame that mane. As the company’s Facebook page explains, the oil “has been carefully dry hopped using Simcoe and Citra late in the emulsification process by a heavily bearded and tattooed brewer, so you know it’s good”.

We’ll, uh, take your word for it.

Unlock Your PC With Stack Overflow’s Funky Junky

Stack Overflow’s fancy new security system “Dance Dance Authentication”

Google Pacs It Up

Image: Google

Just hit up Google Maps

Google Gnome Questions Your Existence

Meet the Google Gnome, the outdoor companion to the Google Home

USB-Powered Gaming, Courtesy Of NVIDIA


concocted the world’s cutest dongle

Yellow Octopus’ Danger Ranger: GPS And DNA, Together At Last

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so why not just avoid them with Yellow Octopus’ “Danger Ranger”

A “Dangerous Wildlife GPS Scanner”, the Ranger is essentially a Star Trek-style tricorder packed with “67 DNA profiles of dangerous creatures”. With its “quad helix” antenna and 16-hour battery life, you’ll never have to worry about getting unintentionally romantic with a king cobra again! Which is a tricky thing to do in the first place, considering they’re not native to Australia.

Pets Are People Too, Says Amazon

It’s Amazon to the rescue with “Petlexa”, the Alexa substitute

The Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s Manufactured Gags


Despite the fact such an invention would likely go against the MICF’s best interests, it’s pretty keen on the metallic joke-slinger, which uses facial recognition software and “stochastic modelling” to come up with its material. I’m guessing it also has a backup mode where it relies on Rodney Dangerfield’s stuff if the crowd’s a bit on the chilly side.

Unlocking The Secrets Of Oat Power With Uncle Tobys

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Allure Media’s own Mark Serrels will never have to eat a spoonful of oats

By harnessing “the natural oat energy source” that “creates a thick oat puree which generates a superior reaction”, the batteries promise clean, renewable energy for all your appliances and if you’re brave enough, your stomach too. OK, so they’re probably not edible, but that has more to do with the fact that they don’t exist.

OnePlus Enters The Energy Drink Business

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the smartphone company has managed this impossible feat

“Back in my day, you were expected to get married, buy a house, and sleep for 8 hours each night. Now I see sleep was a lie created to sell sleep aids and special mattresses. Thank you, Dash. You have changed a life.”

…how could you resist this specially-formulated miracle tonic? There’s even a bizarre ad to go with it!

Ford Australia’s ‘Active Thanks Assist’ Tech

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being able to express emotions via your car’s rear window

There’s also “Active Sorry Assist” for when you cut someone off, but no “Active Middle Finger Assist” when it goes the other way. Still working on that one, I suppose.

National Geographic Offers Animals A Thread Of Hope

Image: Harryy Whittier Frees, Library of Congress

It’s about time animal photographers treated their subjects with dignity. All these “natural” shots are utterly uncouth in 2017. As such, National Geographic has declared it will no longer publish “nude animal pictures”. Instead, enjoy this super-cute clothed still from a simpler era, more of which can be found at Neo Geo.

Netflix Live, Making The Ordinary… More Ordinary

With nothing but a gravely-voiced Will Arnett and the taglineseelive

Other than a couple of poor-quality smartphone recordings on YouTube, those without Netflix subscriptions will remain in the dark. Though I guess that’s the point.

The gist? Arnett narrates everyday life.

eHarmony Australia Combines Physics With The Physical

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literal approach to the attraction game by adding “magnetism” to its dating apps

I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream With Contiki Australia

soon provide tours personally tailored by “Artificial Intelligence Trip Managers”, or ATITA

ING DIRECT Debuts My First Forgery

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According to ING, it’s also compatible with the likes of Android Pay and Apple Pay. Committing overt felonies has never been easier!

Moshi, Breaking Universal Constants

Forget USB Hi-Speed or SuperSpeed — why not try Moshi’s Speed of Light?every single computer problem

Sausage Refunds For All, Thanks To ME Bank

All you have to do is tap ME’s Snag debit card on your barbecued meat tube

Old School, Yoyo Fun With Virgin Mobile

Image: Virgin Mobile

Not only do you assure the safety of your mobile, but you can twirl it around while you wait for the bus. Is it a good idea? That depends on how much disposable income you have.

Taste The Bicarbonate With RedBalloon

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company’s exclusive “Water Tasting Masterclass”check out the Pokemon Day Tour

My personal favourite however is the Naked Paintball, if only for the gag-filled product page, which includes such witticisms as “unlimited balls” under the supplies section. Above and below body armour is also provided, which while necessary, would mostly cancel out the naked part.

Deliveroo / Huxtaburger, Your Beach Burger Specialists

food delivery service Deliverooup

My only question: How does the poor delivery guy get back to the restaurant-post airdrop? Someone certainly isn’t skipping leg day.

Houzz, Blowing Up Unsightly Couches Since 2017

Home improvement site Houzz has supplemented its mobile app with augmented reality munitions

The Great Reddit Experiment

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If you hit up /r/place

Unfortunately, in typical internet style, Wally now has his own, uh, little Wally. Cool?

Move Over Glad Wrap, Try Primo Smallgoods’ Bacon Wrap

Image: Primo Smallgoods
anyPrimo Smallgoods has the ideal product to make adding bacon to your diet easier

Sure, it’s terrible for protecting your food and will actually attract pests to your picnic, but doesn’t it look scrumptious?

Samurai Punk Announces Screencheat 2… For the N-Gage

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made a name for itself with Screencheat, a split-screen competitive shooterthe studio has announced a sequel

No idea what the N-Gage is? Best to change “is” to “was”; the gadget died a fast, horrible death many years ago.

GrabOne NZ Providing Discounts On One Tree Hill’s Zipline

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Group deal site GrabOne NZ is offering discounted rides on the newly erected One Tree Hill zipline

I get the impression some interested parties thought this was an actual thing, given the massive April Fools’ warning. Obviously, clicking the “Buy” button immediately takes you to a page revealing the joke.

Travel Insurance Direct, Helping You Avoid Bad Tattoo Decisions

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before the fact

If you don’t want to bother with the app, Google Translate should do the job just as well.

Smell Like A Rabbit With Ubisoft’s New Odour

Image: Ubisoft
Described as “a perfume for the real manly man”, Viril is a “ground-breaking” eau de toilette

Fair enough, but it’s no Sex Panther.

Travelodge Dreams Of Bacon

Image: Travelodge

For everyone who can’t afford this personal touch, you’ll have to make do with bacon-emitting alarms, courtesy of Sensorwake. Actually, Sensorwake’s olfactory alarms are a real thing, though they don’t appear to provide bacon as an option. Chocolate, toast and espressos yes, charred ham, no.

Drop The Bass On Your Foot With Master & Dynamic

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Master & Dynamic’s MH40C1 cups made entirely from concrete

Weighing 4.81kg, they’re the epitome of comfort, but only if you’re the bulkiest member of the Fantastic Four. Can’t say how successfully they’ll be with non-superheroes, but you have to experiment. As M&D CEO Jonathan Levine explains:

“Master & Dynamic has consistently chosen the road less travelled. As of today, that road is paved with concrete.”

Pornhub’s Nasty Social Surprise

Image: A_Chief420 / Reddit
made pretty much everyone’s worst nightmare come true

To trigger this message, all you had to do was click on one of the site’s salacious videos and well, you’d soon be scrambling for the power cable, or even just a small cupboard to contemplate the possibility of deleting yourself from reality.

Fortunately for all involved, it was just a joke, but you might want to double check you’re in Incognito Mode next time… just in case.

Nab The Deal Of The Century With The Wikipedia Humble Bundle

Image: Humble Bundle
Humble Bundle has decided on a more educational route for its latest deal

Pay anything from a dollar to thousands and you too will be granted access to this illustrious online repository of information. With over five million articles spanning thousands of topics, what’s not to like?

World of Tanks Goes To Mars

when you could be shooting shells on a completely different planet

Google Wind Controls Clouds… With The Cloud

literalAs the video puts it


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