Huffington Post UK Comedy Editor Andrea Mann rounds up today's April Fools' Day pranks from around the world (wide web)...
As we're all/largely/somewhat about viral video content here on HuffPost UK Comedy, it seems appropriate to sign off on this: a Wizard Of Oz-style lifting of the curtain, if you will, behind the scenes at YouTube.
It's frighteningly plausible. And I for one can't wait for 'Butter Fails'.
"Samsung Fingers is the slimmest (0.2mm) and lightest (1g) wearable glove by Samsung and comes with a wide 3 inch flexible UHD Super Emo-LED display," explains Samsung's official blog. "Combined with an advanced 16 megapixel camera, Samsung Fingers offers the best-looking selfies you get your hands on.
"Samsung Fingers also supports the latest, fastest networks including 5G and Wi-Fi 902.11wz so you can keep in touch with the latest. Boost your creativity with dedicated features such as Finger Painter and S-tut."
Well, I for one am delighted. I'm fed up with all those unwearable gloves I've got.
There's gentrification... and there's this one step too far:
Miss your flight? Blame Canada.
Do you miss your dog when you're at work? More importantly: does your dog miss you when you're at work?
Well, fear not - because Australian phone company Optus can bring you together with their exclusive Fidophone:
(Unfortunately, it's only available in Australia. And it's not real.)
Now, I'm not one to condone the abuse of alcohol but... TAKE ME HOME, DADDY!
Yes, Getting Personal's Wino-Tap is an April Fools' Prank I can certainly get behind. And in front of. And to the side of. You know, like when you're rinsing your mouth after washing you teeth.
Suddenly, 'house wine' has a whole new meaning.
Except, of course, he didn't. Despite what this email put on their Facebook wall said...
"After several weeks’ hard work on Vacation Committee, the Union is pleased to offer a sneak peak of the positive responses from potential speakers in the form of the attached email," posts the Union Society Press Officer - later adding: "We regret to inform members that the Duchess of Cambridge still hasn't responded to our repeated requests for a joint appearance as part of the debate, but His Holiness the Pope has expressed an interest in principle."
One of m'colleagues has collated nine of today's daftest corporate April Fools pranks - including, yes, biscuit-flavoured tea.
Like booze? Like milk? You'll love the new discovery they've made in Scotland!
In which Ocado spoofs Google, Apple and all those other hip technology companies with a great little video advertising the world's largest tablet - the 'slablet'.
"It's the tool... for tools." Marvellous
Thank you, Firebox. Thank you for creating a) a genuinely laugh-out-loud funny spoof and b) a product I want to exist so badly that it's gone straight in at number one on my 'April Fools' Day Stories I Most Wish Were True' (previous leader: this wellington boot art installation).
"Made from 9kg of solid Belgian chocolate, each highly-detailed head takes two arduous weeks to complete," explains the listing on Firebox. "Initially 3D printed from an actual mould of the soul legend's gorgeous face, it's then lovingly hand-finished by a blind art student."
And its ingredients are listed as "Milk Chocolate (33.6% cocoa solids, 21.8% milk solids), coca butter, sugar, party, Karamu, fiesta, forever".
If only there was a chocolatier out there somewhere that could make this happen. It is nearly Easter, after all.
(Hat-tip: T'Other Simon)
There are countries yet to wake up, after all.
Scottish independence was today's theme of choice for British newspaper pranks, it seems. The Telegraph seized on plans for the pound, The Guardian wrote of its possible new traffic regulations and the Daily Mail 'revealed' the new post-independence Union Jack.
The Independent, however, went for possibly the most likely story...
Well, if the Red Cross can launch a food aid campaign in Britain...
To be honest, I might have believed this spoof if they hadn't said it was the world's first tasting app. I would have simply thought: "There are tasting apps? Oh yeah, I guess there are... Makes sense... Feel a bit daft for not having used one, though..." But a drinks company? Inventing the world's first app for something? Slightly more unlikely.
That said, Malibu's April Fools' Day prank is still pretty tasty, for want of a better word.
"Select from a library of delicious Malibu cocktails then simply lick your screen for a genuine taste of summer!" it gushes. "You won't need to buy any special accessories, it simply works through standard touchscreen technology."
One day, my friends. One day...
And a final confession: this story from our mother ship, AOL, was also a porkie...
Make sure you read it, though - if only to use the binary code translator at the end.
An exclusive to us here at The Huffington Post UK, in the sense that nobody else wrote about it, because it wasn't true.
It's after 12 o'clock - so it's time to 'fess up to our own spoof stories.
First up: the tall tale that Piers Morgan has been hired by Nick Clegg to advise the Lib Dems ahead of the 2015 election.
We hate to break it to you (and them), but this dream team is not to be.
As a result of regulatory pressure, the famous choir of King's College Cambridge is unfortunately having to stop using boy trebles.
Click play above to see Revd. Richard Lloyd Morgan, Chaplain of King's College (and yes, he really is the Chaplain) explain how they've managed to get round the problem.
You'll never hear Gregorio Allegri's 'Miserere' in the same way again...
Say hello to our NEW dessert Sub, Go Bananas. pic.twitter.com/HzXAgRXzgk
— SUBWAY® UK & Ireland (@SUBWAYUKIreland) April 1, 2014
"Whether it’s Benedict Cumberbatch at the Oscars or Michelle Obama at the White House, a celebrity photobomb is the ultimate surprise, turning an ordinary photo into something extraordinary," writes Google on its blog.
And it's hard to disagree with that. So tell us: what are you going to do about it, Google?
"Now with Auto Awesome Photobombs, you too can get a celebrity photobomb—no red carpet required."
Unfortunately the range of options seems limited to David Hasselhoff at the moment. Hopefully by next April Fools' Day they'll have got those Benedict Cumberbatch ones sorted.
"Over the past two months we've been working hard with the RSPCA to teach rescue dogs how to drive," writes Volkswagen (Commercial Vehicles UK) on its Facebook page.
Sun Motors explains further: "The animals – with front paws resting on the steering wheel and gearstick and rear legs operating levers attached to the accelerator and brake pedals – spent hours honing their driving skills alongside a human instructor."
Of course, there's a serious message behind this prank. “There is a real shortage of volunteer drivers to take rescue animals to centres with space to accommodate them," says RSPCA manager Anna White. "We wanted to find a novel way that would encourage more volunteers to help drive rescue animals around the country.”
You heard her, people. Get volunteering - or the dogs are going to have to drive themselves.
"THIS is the long-awaited sculpture that is tipped to put Malvern and Worcestershire on the map," reports Worcester News. "Creators of the giant wellington boot say it could rival the Angel of the North and will draw visitors to the area."
This could be the current leader in my list of 'April Fools' Day Stories I Most Wish Were True' (closely followed by glow-in-the-dark Skittles).
(Hat-tip: Annie Rayer)
The best thing since sliced bread.
And by 'sliced bread', I mean Sainsbury's innovative bread-slicing technique.
And there I was, thinking that the combination of Kim Jong Un and One Direction was the most zeitgeisty of today's spoofs.
Business news website Bdaily is leading with this:
"Secret Government papers propose ditching the cross of St Andrew, a white X on a blue background, that makes up a third of the current design if Scotland votes for independence, the Daily Mail can reveal today," reveals the Daily Mail. Today. (April 1st.)
I was so close to believing this story until I a) saw just how close-up the zoom was on those secret Government papers...
...and b) read that they quoted a campaigner called "Avril McTickle". D'oh!
Just when you thought things couldn't get any more trying for the cast and crew of Corrie...
"Coronation Street producers are hurriedly rewriting storylines and juggling filming schedules after a sinkhole opened up on the cobbles," writes BT.com's Avril Poole (who amazingly "has been writing about soaps for decades, but tends to only publish material for public consumption once a year").
"The pit, which measures roughly three metres across and some six metres deep, appeared overnight just outside the doors of the famous Rovers Return pub."
[insert joke about 'plot hole' here] [oh wait, they already have]
(Hat-tip: Becky Barnes)
As you may be aware, Prince William and The Artist Formerly Known As Kate Middleton are heading Down Under. So full marks to Groupon in Australia for this:
Of course, if you click on any of the 'here' links, you get this:
Google wasn't just first out of the gates with its April Fools' Day pranks - it was positively early with them. But hey, what's a few hours between (pranking) friends?!
Perhaps it's because they've come up with several spoofs. We've already had Google Maps' Pokémon Challenge - and there's another prank I'll be posting about shortly - but in the meantime, check out the new Gmail innovation: the 'shelfie':
"You all love setting selfies as your custom theme in Gmail, but you’ve told us there’s one major problem: there isn’t a way to share your selfie with others," it says on the Gmail blog. "Today, we’re proud to free your selfies by launching Gmail Shelfie, the SHareable sELFIE."
"With just a few clicks, your mom, your aunt, or that girl you have a crush on can set your Shelfie as their Gmail theme so they can enjoy checking, reading, and writing emails while seeing your friendly face in the background."
Brilliant. And yet also frighteningly plausible/depressing. This definitely wins the award for Most-Likely-To-Be-True April Fools Prank... so far.
[joke about what it's worth goes here]
Now here's an idea we can get behind... More so than drinkable Vegemite, anyway.
No more butter-side-down bread. Our new bread-slicing method means you'll never lose your breakfast again. pic.twitter.com/NjP2q4CjH1
— Sainsbury's (@sainsburys) April 1, 2014