April Fool's Day: Here are the best pranks on the Internet
Sunday was April Fool's Day, that special time of the year when companies try to one up each other by releasing the latest and greatest in faux announcements and productsonline. We've rounded up some of the funnier ones (and one that's just plain adorable).
Forbes - Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney dropped out of the race Sunday, formally endorsing Rick Santorum, according to Forbes. The announcement "shocked observers" and Santorum, but Romney concluded he just couldn’t swing the delegates necessary to win the most coveted seat in US politics. The most taken aback by the declaration was Google News. Whoops.
Google Racing - Look, no hands! Google, in partnership with NASCAR, introduced the latest in driving technology Sunday: the autonomous race car. After spending years perfecting a "tough engineering problem" involving the car involuntarily simulating the road rage of a human, Google has finally introduced the future of racing.
Mashable - Conan O’Brien is the new Pete Cashmore. According to a video published on the technology news website, O'Brien bought out the CEO – at least for the day – for a mere $3,500 "smackaroos." The comedian spent the day tweeting via his office phone regarding the somewhat hostile takeover.
Smashwords - The ebook distributor introduced a new service Sunday: Smashwords WEED. WEED or "Writers Earn Extra Dispensation" is a new service aimed at treating the medical ailments writers suffer. "Our mission at Smashwords is to make writer euphoric," said Mark Coker, founder of Smashwords.
Toshiba - Toshiba decided to think outside the box Sunday, introducing their new line of tablet PCs that are anything but square. The Oblong, Amore and Rhombus are the technology giant’s latest invention and are promised to be as unique as their users. No word on when carrying cases and protective covers will be introduced.
Warby Barker – Your pup can be near-sighted no more. Warby Barker was introduced Sunday to help dog owners in their never-ending quest to have matching eyewear with their pup. Co-founder Dave Gilboa said the glasses are easy and affordable because "it doesn't make sense to spend several hundred dollars on something you dog’s just going to eat." And yes, that was a pug in a monocle.
YouTube - The website decided it was about time to kick it old school and get back to the roots of moving pictures via a shiny compact disc. The YouTube Collection delivers every single YouTube video ever made conveniently to your doorstep – by pack mule if necessary. And for that moment when you can no longer fit the millions of DVDs you’ve added to your collection indoors, you can purchase their weatherproof, exterior DVD shelving.
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