I’m not generally a fan of April Fools Day, but that’s half because I suck at the kind of humor it takes to make a good April Fools joke and half because the average person participating in April Fools jokes are never as witty as they think they are and most of the jokes are an excuse to be an asshole just because they can use “April Fools!” to get out of being called on their douchiness.
Sorry, do I sound bitter? I’ll move on.
That being said, I do like some of the April Fools things that you will find online. People’s who write genuinely witty blog articles (like this one or this one) for the day or news sites or stations that play pranks and companies like Google that go out of their way every year to give us a few good laughs.
That’s what I’m going to share with you today, the best (and a few of the worst) April Fools Day pranks that I saw yesterday.
1.) NPR did a great joke that had me in stitches, especially while reading some of the commentary that it created on facebook when people shared the article and in the comments under the article. They published an article with the title Why Doesn’t America Read Anymore?
But the content of that article was hardly a diatribe on the reality TV soaked addled brains of Americans, no it was much better.
Yes, the entire article was just a way to check to see if anyone actually reads articles before commenting on them. Basically a way to make your facebook/twitter friends look like fools.
I have to note that at DSP’s own April Fools post got similar results on tumblr…a lot of people read the headline and did not read the satirical article, which was obvious in their comments…they took our Rick Santorum post seriously!
2.) Fordham Institute sent out an email from the Tommy B. Fordham Ginstitute with links to their “gladfly” newsletter. One of the articles in the newsletter was a piece claiming that they were dropping support for Common Core (On Common Core We Cry Uncle) and listing several reasons that were so sarcastic that I was in tears while reading it.
Legitimate worries about Common Core curricula. We’ve all seen the stories—at least, Fox News andDaily Caller fans have: the Common Core standards have spawned all manner of curricular nonsense, from fuzzy math and ideological indoctrination to racy “works of literature.” Just because most of the alleged materials were produced long before the Common Core was written doesn’t contradict the idea that Common Core is responsible. Nor does the fact that there’s no such thing as a “Common Core curriculum.” (Well, except the one these guys are peddling, but that doesn’t count.) And as for the argument that curriculum continues to be the province of local school boards, we must ask ourselves: Is that even a good thing?
3.) Google almost does too many of these each year honestly, but there was a pretty funny one this year. I almost put it in the “worst” category, because I feel it’s cruel to offer an app that randomly adds David Hasselhoff to your photos and then not actually deliver on that promise, but maybe I’m the only one that would find that absolutely hilarious to use.
This, however, will never top the time Google pretended they were moving their home office and changing the name of the search engine to Topeka.
1.) Someone on the internet shared that their 14 year old daughter told her she was pregnant on the morning of April 1st. Nope, that is definitely not a good practical joke.
2.) The TV Addict posted an article claiming that Netflix was going to make a new 24 episode season of Firefly. I read this article early in the morning, while half asleep, and I felt a momentary flicker of hope and happiness…until I remembered the date and I found myself falling back into a pit of despair so deep that only other Firefly fans can hope to understand my depression.
“Continuing our tradition of breaking new ground, Netflix is proud to announce that we have reached a deal with 20th Century Fox Television to produce 26 new episodes of Joss Whedon’s critically-acclaimed series FIREFLY,” said Netflix Senior VP of Development Lirpa Sloof in a statement released today. “Gripping, serialized one-hour dramas have become an integral aspect of the Netflix experience over the years and FIREFLY, thanks to Joss Whedon’s unique vision and his remarkable group of actors, goes a long way in helping to further our commitment to bringing our audience the best entertainment Hollywood has to offer.”