News This joke is on you! April Fools' Day pranks of 2014 By AMNY.COM April 1, 2014 2:09 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email From the downright silly to the elaborately high-tech, we're rounding up the best April Fools' Day pranks of 2014. Have any favorites? See any that you think we should add to this list? Tweet us @amNewYork University of Rochester gets brickrolled Photo Credit: University of Rochester/screengrab Even stately University of Rochester has jokes. The university's entire homepage has been made over with Lego bricks, with each major represented by a brick-made character. "It’s Hip To Be Square at the University of Rochester," the site proclaims. Delaney Barbecue presents Tofutown Photo Credit: Delaney Barbecue/screengrab Barbecue hemp, quinoa, tofu and tempeh. Sounds like a real place in Brooklyn! In this case, it's the spoof called Tofutown from the passionate carnivores at Delaney Barbecue. The fake site includes quotes from real reviewers (“I thought long-smoked brisket was splendid, until I tried what they now do without beef.") and Instagram photos. Eately goes to outer space Photo Credit: Eately screengrab Space shuttle-shaped pasta? Dehydrated Italian lemon beverage for astronauts? Consider booking a flight to Eately's newest location. After all, "Italian astronauts eat better." AirBNB's new rent-a-desk service Photo Credit: Airbnb/screengrab Airbnb, the couch-surfing website, gets into the game with a "find your productive place" service. Airbrb (complete with its own website) claims to allow users to "work from someone else's desk, anywhere in the world." The fake site includes realistic looking work spaces like "cozy desk in my room" for $5/hour. "You pay by the hour, so it's more affordable than buying a desk," says a woman in a parody promo video. Netflix's rotisserie chicken and sizzling bacon movies Photo Credit: iStock Netflix goes out on a chicken limb with its prank, offering up two fake original movies: one about rotisserie chicken, the other about sizzling bacon. "In the tradition of 'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,' witness a searing, chronology-defying return to one's origins that stokes the imagination," reads the description on the one about rotisserie chicken. Even the comments are worth reading. "A sophomoric effort. Poor use of thyme. Poorly conceived denouement, with a narrative arc which goes nowhere. Could use more garlic," reads one. American Eagle Outfitters “canine collection” Photo Credit: American Eagle Outfitters/Screengrab The clothing company claimed to be rolling out a “new limited edition” of clothing for dogs called “American Beagle Outfitters.” The prank included a video mockumentary. The prank, though, has a serious (and commercial) side by encouraging purchases to help rescue dogs. FreshDirect’s “eagle-caught salmon” Photo Credit: FreshDirect Go to the online grocer’s home page and you’ll see an eagle holding a salmon in its talons. Playing off its reputation, the ad proclaims it the “best in fresh” with “41 percent off.” Google’s Pokémon Masters Photo Credit: Screengrab Of the many Google pranks this year, this one was among the most popular: Using the Google Maps feature, users can hunt for Pokémons. The prank was unveiled as a parody job search for a “Pokémon Master.” Bill Clinton’s meta Twitter joke Photo Credit: Twitter/billclinton A black-and-white image of Bill Clinton was posted on Twitter mimicking a photo of his wife wearing sunglasses and working on an iPad surrounded by documents. “I’m following my leader!” reads the tweet with the image. Uber’s Second Avenue Subway experience Photo Credit: Getty Images / Spencer Platt Uber, the company behind an app that lets riders hail taxis, announced that the company has "completed New York City's Second Avenue Subway line" by letting users take the "U line" for the same price as the MTA's base fare of $2.50. In reality, riders will be able to catch an Uber-enabled ride between First and Second avenues and 128th and Houston streets. The Second Avenue Subway's first phase is scheduled to be finished December 2016. By AMNY.COM Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.