Best April Fools' Day video pranks

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Web has become cool venue for April Fools' Day pranks

Google, YouTube and even Conan O'Brien have delivered some classic fake pranks over the years. We rank the top 10. See gallery


Gmail Motion

Google punked its users on April 1, 2011, by placing a small link on its home page that read, "New! Gmail Motion: Turn your email into a true body of work." The corresponding video described various body movements that would be more ergonomically pleasing in your everyday computering.

 

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'Legend of Zelda' movie trailer

On April 1, 2008, video-\ game website IGN.com released a convincing movie trailer for an adaptation of the wildly popular game "Legend of Zelda." After thousands of responses from people who apparently fell for it, IGN came clean the following day.

 

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BBC's flying penguins

In classic British comedic styling, the BBC released a video in 2008 narrated by Monty Python alum Terry Jones about a colony of penguins that could fly. Once they take flight, the penguins travel thousands of miles to the Amazon forest.

 

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Top 5 viral (moving) pictures of 1911

YouTube celebrated April Fools' Day in 2011 by putting together a 2 1/2-minute video showing how we might have viewed the popular site in 1911. The video combines silent movie-style imagery and vaudeville and even throws in a bit featuring the modern Annoying Orange.

 

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Google Translate for Animals

Google struck again in 2012 when it posted an April Fools' Day video marketing its new Google Translate for Animals app for Android phones. The gist of the faux concept was that animal language could be translated in the same fashion as a foreign language using modern technology.

 

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Google 'autocompleter'

For April Fools' Day 2011, Google complemented its "Gmail Motion" prank with a fake job application and accompanying YouTube video for an open "autocompleter" position. In the video, Google autocompleter Michael Taylor brags about his spelling skills and how he on a good day he types 34,000 words.

 

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Secret behind Nike Air

In 2010, Nike posted a 2½-minute video that "revealed" the secret behind its air cushioning technology. Narrated by comedic actor David Koechner, the video features the likes of Nike athletes Maria Sharapova, Troy Polamalu, Carl Lewis and John McEnroe.

 

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Child-free flights?

On April 1, 2012, WestJet Airlines of Canada catered to every airline passenger's dream of a quiet, relaxing flight when it issued a statement, accompanied by a YouTube video, announcing that it would start introducing child-free cabins on certain flights.

 

 

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Ikea's dog high chair

For April Fools' Day 2011, Ikea Australia produced a one-minute video for its newest innovation, the HUNDSTOL dog high chair. The faux structure came equipped with slots for a food and water dish, a hole in the back of the chair for the dog's tail and cushioned pads for the paws.

 

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Conan O'Brien buys Mashable

In 2012, technology website Mashable.com placed late-night talk-show host Conan O'Brien in front of the camera for a video in which he announces his acquisition of Mashable. O'Brien was tired of never learning anything about technological advances.

 

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