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Your Guide to the Funniest April Fools’ Day Pranks on the Web

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April 1st is the official day for showing people just how completely untrustworthy you are by pranking them mercilessly. It’s a day where the world collectively decides to partake in predictable pranks on par with dad-joke level humor. For the most part, most people wake up already programmed not to believe anything anyone tells them, which makes this the worst day ever to break any important news. And sure, once in a while a prank can go horribly wrong. Like fake breaking up with your boyfriend only to learn he really wanted to dump your ass anyway and was relieved you did it first. Awkward.

But some people do manage to be entertaining, even if you’re fully aware that they’re full of sh*t. Check out some of the better April Fool’s jokes we found today.

Google Maps gets gamified

Google has created the ultimate time waster with this year’s April Fools’ prank. They modded Google maps, turning it into an instant Pac-Man game playable anywhere in the world.

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Funny or Die Dips

Funny or Die launched what they hope to be the most revolutionary breakthrough in online comedy aimed at anyone who loves to laugh but has a very minimal attention span, aka everyone who uses the Internet. Dips takes the shortest, quickest, funniest 1.5 seconds of anything and loops them over and over and over and over and over… until you die laughing or burst into an annoyed rage and break your computer.


Pizza Hut Scratch & Sniff menu

Apparently the Pizza Hut in the UK is a bunch of little scamps, because they dreamed up this gem of a prank. Ironically, considering some of their most recent menu items, this actually seems like a decent idea by comparison.

Not to be outdone, Pizza Hut US unveiled the ultimate pizza beer:


Selfie Shoes

Miss Mooz got into the pranking spirit a few days early when they announced their newest shoe, Selfie Shoes. This sounds like something that’s bound to become a real thing any day now.


Back to the Future Reboot Trailer

The folks at IGN go into the April Fools’ spirit by dropping this fake Back to the Future movie trailer. This super clever faux film mashes up the ’80s classic with the never-ending Fast and Furious series. Don’t get any ideas, Hollywood.


Elgoog

Google lives to make all of us the April Fool. In addition to their Pac-Man Google Maps and announcing things like the keyless keyboard in Japan and the Smartbox by Inbox, they’ve also launched Elgoog, which is Google, backwards. Too bad Google Glass wasn’t just a prank, huh guys?

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MS Dos Mobile

Microsoft teased that they were taking cellphones old school with MS Dos Mobile. They went all out and even made an app for this one. Knee slapper!


Amazon Vintage

Despite what people thought, Amazon Dash was very real. Instead for April Fools’, the company went old school by reverting their homepage to its 1999 look. The prank is pretty elaborate when you consider that all the items listed on the homepage are as they were 16 years ago.

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Space Date

VH1 spoofed their many, many cheaply produced dating shows by taking the genre to the most logical next location — deep space.


Hulu Pets

Now you can binge watch with your furry friends thanks to new Hulu series Clawed City, Bone Appetit and more.


Angry Birds Gets Gritty

It’s a bad time to be a pig…


Every News Organization Gets Wacky

Because the line between real and fake news is ever dwindling, pretty much every major news organization became The Onion for a day.

The Sun claimed Simon Cowell’s face will appear on the $5 note.

Cern confirmed that their researchers had discovered The Force.

Daily Telegraph reported that Qatar has been awarded a place in the 2020 European soccer championships.

The Leaning Tower of Pisa is become a luxury hotel, according to The Telegraph.

Check out more funny stuff over on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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Brockmire and Other Public Implosions

Brockmire Premieres April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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There’s less than a month until the Brockmire premiere, and to say we’re excited would be an insulting understatement. It’s not just that it stars Hank Azaria, who can do no wrong (and yes, that’s including Mystery Men, which is only cringeworthy because of Smash Mouth). It’s that the whole backstory of the titular character, Jim Brockmire, is the stuff of legends. A one-time iconic sportscaster who won the hearts of fans and players alike, he fell from grace after an unfortunate personal event triggered a seriously public meltdown. See for yourself in the NSFW Funny or Die digital short that spawned the IFC series:

See? NSFW and spectacularly catastrophic in a way that could almost be real. Which got us thinking: What are some real-life sports fails that have nothing to do with botched athletics and everything to do with going tragically off script? The internet is a dark and dirty place, friends, but these three examples are pretty special and mostly safe for work…

Disgruntled Sports Reporter

His co-anchor went offsides and he called it like he saw it.

Jim Rome vs Jim “Not Chris” Everett

You just don’t heckle a professional athlete when you’re within striking distance. Common sense.

Carl Lewis’s National Anthem

He killed it! As in murdered. It’s dead.

To see more moments just like these, we recommend spending a day in your pajamas combing through the muckiness of the internet. But to see something that’s Brockmire-level funny without having to clear your browser history, check out the sneak peeks and extras here.

Don’t miss the premiere of Brockmire April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Portlandia Season 7 In Hindsight

Portlandia Season 7 Now Available Online and on the IFC App.

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Another season of Portlandia is behind us, and oh what a season it was. We laughed. We cried. And we chuckled uncomfortably while glancing nervously around the room. Like every season before it, the latest Portlandia has held a mirror up to ridiculousness of modern American life, but more than ever that same mirror has reflected our social reality in ways that are at once hysterical and sneakily thought-provoking. Here are just a few of the issues they tackled:

Nationalism

So long, America, Portland is out! And yes, the idea of Portland seceding is still less ludicrous than building a wall.

Men’s Rights

We all saw this coming. Exit gracefully, dudes.

Protests

Whatever you stand for, stand for it together. Or with at least one other person.

Free Love

No matter who we are or how we love, deep down we all have the ability to get stalky.

Social Status

Modern self-esteem basically hinges on likes, so this isn’t really a stretch at all.

These moments are just the tip of the iceberg, and much more can be found in the full seventh season of #Portlandia, available right now #online and on the #IFC app.

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You Missed It, But Don’t Panic

Watch the 2017 Spirit Awards Right Now on the IFC App.

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The 2017 Independent Spirit Awards are over! Done! See you next year!
Moonlight won every award for which it was nominated, The Witch got some well-deserved rookie love, Nick Kroll & John Mulaney were perfect hosts, and Fred Armisen apparently died.

If you missed any of it, don’t freak. It’s 2017, which is the future. The magical immediacy of media technology will save you.

Watch the entire awards show, start to finish, on the IFC app or right here. RIGHT NOW. FOR FREE. Or, you know, whenever, because that’s the whole point.

If you’re still on the fence, don’t get comfortable. Here’s a sampler platter that’ll give you the flavor of everything that went down today. Fair warning: It’s real good.

Nick Kroll and John Mulaney

Perfect hosts. Perfect. Their opening routine was deadly funny, wicked smart, and invoked both David Lynch and Werner Herzog. A huge step up from the Academy Awards’ usual fart jokes, figuratively speaking.

Andy Samberg’s Surprise Cameo

We’ll never think of Eddie Vedder the same way again.

Best Supporting Female: Molly Shannon

Superstar! It’s been too easy to think of Molly exclusively in the context of her beloved characters, but her nuanced performance in Other People changes all of that. And man can she work a crowd.

Best Feature: Moonlight

This. Movie. We called it first, Oscar!

See the full list of winners here and enjoy the entire 2017 Spirit Awards now or anytime on IFC.com and the IFC app.

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