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.


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.


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?


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.


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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Weird Roles

Anthony Michael Hall’s Most Rotten Movies

Catch Anthony Michael Hall in Weird Science on Friday at 8P on IFC.

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Anthony Michael Hall was the quintessential ’80s nerd. We love him in classics like The Breakfast Club and National Lampoon’s Vacation. But even the brainiest among us has his weak spots. In honor of Weird Science airing this Rotten Friday, we analyze Hall’s worst movies.

Weird Science (1985) 56%

A low point for John Hughes, Weird Science is way too wacky for its own good. Anthony Michael Hall’s Gary and his pal Wyatt (Ilan Mitchell-Smith) create the “perfect woman.” Supernatural chaos ensues. The film costars a young Bill Paxton, floppy disks, and a general disconnect from all reality.

The Caveman’s Valentine (2001) 46%

This ambitious drama starring Samuel L. Jackson couldn’t live up to its rich premise. Jackson plays Romulus, a Juilliard-educated, paranoid schizophrenic who lives in a cave. Hall co-stars as Bob, a rich man, who wants to see Romulus play the piano. The plot centers around Romulus investigating a murder, but with so much going on, the movie never quite finds its rhythm.

All About the Benjamins (2002) 30%

Ice Cube plays a bounty hunter who teams up with Mike Epps’ con man to catch diamond thieves. Hall plays Lil J, a small-time drug dealer. It’s definitely a role we’ve never seen Hall in, but overall the movie isn’t funny or original enough to justify its violence.

Freddy Got Fingered (2001) 11%

This showcase for Tom Green’s goofy gross-out comedy is often hailed as one of the worst films of all time. Green plays Gord, a 20-something slacker, who dreams of having his own animated series. Hall is Dave Davidson, a CEO of an animation studio who eventually helps Gord find success. Too bad Tom Green wasn’t so lucky.

Johnny Be Good (1988) 0%

Hall plays against type as Johnny Walker, a star quarterback. Robert Downey Jr. is his best friend and Uma Thurman plays his devoted girlfriend. Despite the support of a future A-list cast, the movie lacks central conflict and charm. Or, as TV Guide put it, “Johnny be worthless.” Ouch.

Catch the “Too Rotten to Miss” Weird Science this Friday at 8P on IFC.

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Binge Fest

Portlandia Season 6 Now Available On DVD

The perfect addition to your locally-sourced, artisanal DVD collection.

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End of summer got you feeling like:

Portlandia Toni Screaming GIF

Ease into fall with Portlandia‘s sixth season. Relive the latest exploits of Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein’s cast of characters, including Doug and Claire’s poignant breakup, Lance’s foray into intellectual society, and the terrifying rampage of a tsukemen Noodle Monster! Plus, guest stars The Flaming Lips, Glenn Danzig, Louis C.K., Kevin Corrigan, Zoë Kravitz, and more stop by to experience what Portlandia is all about.

Pick up a copy of the DVD today, or watch full episodes and series extras now on IFC.com and the IFC app.

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Byrning Down the House

Everything You Need to Know About the Film That Inspired “Final Transmission”

Documentary Now! pays tribute to "Stop Making Sense" this Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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This week Documentary Now! is with the band. For everyone who’s ever wanted to be a roadie without leaving the couch, “Final Transmission” pulls back the curtain on experimental rock group Test Pattern’s final concert. Before you tune in Wednesday at 10P on IFC, plug your amp into this guide for Stop Making Sense, the acclaimed 1984 Talking Heads concert documentary.

Put on Your Dancing Shoes

Hailed as one of the best concert films ever created, director Jonathan Demme (Silence of the Lambs) captured the energy and eccentricities of a band known for pushing the limits of music and performance.

Make an Entrance

Lead singer David Byrne treats the concert like a story: He enters an empty stage with a boom box and sings the first song on the setlist solo, then welcomes the other members of the group to the stage one song at a time.

Steal the Spotlight

David Byrne Dancing
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Always a physical performer, Byrne infuses the stage and the film with contagious joy — jogging in place, dancing with lamps, and generally carrying the show’s high energy on his shoulders.

Suit Yourself

Byrne makes a splash in his “big suit,” a boxy business suit that grows with each song until he looks like a boy who raided his father’s closet. Don’t overthink it; on the DVD, the singer explains, “Music is very physical, and often the body understands it before the head.”

View from the Front Row

Stop Making Sense Band On Stage
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Demme (who also helmed 1987’s Swimming to Cambodia, the inspiration for this season’s Documentary Now! episode “Parker Gail’s Location is Everything”) films the show by putting viewers in the audience’s shoes. The camera rarely shows the crowd and never cuts to interviews or talking heads — except the ones onstage.

Let’s Get Digital

Tina Weymouth Keyboard
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Stop Making Sense isn’t just a good time — it’s also the first rock movie to be recorded entirely using digital audio techniques. The sound holds up more than 30 years later.

Out of Pocket

Talk about investing in your art: Talking Heads drummer Chris Frantz told Rolling Stone that the members of the band “basically put [their] life savings” into the movie, and they didn’t regret it.

Catch Documentary Now!’s tribute to Stop Making Sense when “Final Transmission” premieres Wednesday, October 12 at 10P on IFC.

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