Spring is finally sort of kind of in the air and we’re finally getting a little bit of that warm weather energy back. Anyone in the spirit of things put that new energy to good use this weekend pranking the living daylights out of their friends. Sunday was a free pass for tricks, and a Get Out of Jail Free card for consequences. Most of us are patiently waiting for the best of this weekend’s festivities to show up on Youtube, but they’re not the only place featuring the best April Fools’ Day tricks.
Google, known for getting into the spirit of just about any holiday and celebration, busted out with a really cool prank of their own that a ton of people wish was permanent. For the day, Google Maps was a really cool 8-Bit environment. Under the guise of a Google Maps for the NES, the new maps became a cool Dragon Quest style environment. The user even became a cute little traveler. Even Street View got in on the action. While the views remained the same, the colors were fun pixelly old video game style.
DeviantArt, to prank its browsers, temporarily replaced some of its images’ thumbnails with mandatory cat facts. Kodak’s site temporarily offered a way to print custom LIVE kittens. Even AdBlock got in on the action and displayed pictures of cats instead of the advertisement being block. It was a big year for cats on the internet. However, not to be outdone, ThinkGeek once again provided some fake products we wish we could have. There was an Admiral Ackbar talking fish, an inflatable captain’s chair from Star Trek’s Enterprise, the Technomancer Digital Wizard Hoodie, Hungry Hungry Hippos for the iPad, Minecraft Peep Creeper treats and more.
Check out the commercials for Google Maps for the NES and Hungry Hungry Hippos for the iPad below!
Mallory "Friday" Soto is the Editor of Cool Sh!t, Joonbug's source for internet culture, tech, charity, and the arts. A former Lit zine editor and comic book fan, she comes from a background of short stories and tales of masked vigilantes. She's a native New Yorker and avid video game fan.