A look back at 2013's goofy Internet April Foolery

Expect this kind of nonsense tomorrow.

April Fool's Day
Here we go again...

It's time for the technology world's legally mandated day of merriment - April Fool's Day. There's obviously no way of predicting what a huge collection of clever ducks in the tech sector will come up with this time around, but we do have some history to go on. Here, then, is a baker's dozen of the best of last year's April Fool's pranks.

Kid President
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Kid President

Not tech-related, exactly, but the best gag of 2013 by such a large margin that it has to be included here. I still sometimes make that noise when I walk around the house and there's nobody else around, for the record.

Vimeow
Vimeow

Get it? Because the Internet likes cats! This is better than most, in that it's well-integrated, but expect a flood of corny forced memes and cat gags tomorrow. You get ready for it right meow!

Seemingly dozens of things from Google
Seemingly dozens of things from Google

The gold standard, and not just because they come out with dozens of separate gags - they're kind of the Samsung of April Fool's Day pranks. Last year's highlights included a treasure map and a search-by-odor feature. (Which they totally stole from Futurama.)

Virgin's glass-bottomed airplane
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Virgin's glass-bottomed airplane

Just to let everyone know, it's really hard to come up with a joke about this with the whole Malaysia Airlines thing still so fresh in our minds. How about, "the only way to see all of Richard Branson's ego is from 35,000 feet up?" Does that work?

BMW P.R.A.M.
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BMW P.R.A.M.

Remember how excited everybody was about the then-unborn royal baby? BMW got in ahead of its birth with a fake "Post-natal Royal Auto Mobile." As with most good pranks, the sad part is that we could see at least a few people buying this.

Imgur snail mail
Imgur snail mail

Imgur's great, but I found the idea of it accepting images via snail mail to be totally unrealistic - I mean, what, are they going to snail mail you back the link? So you have to type it into the address bar? By hand? Laughable.

Samsung's SMART Eco Trees
Samsung's SMART Eco Trees

I may have mentioned earlier that Samsung releases a huge number of products every year, so I admit that this one actually had me for a couple of seconds. I mean, this is the company that thinks we need a projector phone, after all. It's essentially just a Samsung ad for a tree.

Boogle
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Boogle

Geez, Microsoft, we get it, you're a Google "rival." But come on, you used to have some dignity. Also, "Boogle" is my neologism for this prank, not Microsoft's. Though they did already embarrass themselves with the whole "Scroogled" thing.

George Takei in Star Wars
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George Takei in Star Wars

I can't imagine this fooled too many nerds, but boy, I bet the ones that it did were properly ticked off. To be fair, Takei would make for an interesting Jedi master.

Uber \history\
Uber "history"

Hats off to Uber for managing to sound self-aggrandizing and obnoxious in an ostensibly light-hearted fake corporate history. Oh, those goofy surge pricing critics!

Hulu's \Ya Heard? With Perd!\
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Hulu's "Ya Heard? With Perd!"

I got very excited when I saw this one, as Perd Hapley is one of my favorite minor characters on NBC's superb Parks and Recreation. Sadly, Hulu was just showing existing clips from the series, rather than new episodes of the fictional TV newsman's talk show. The online broadcaster also advertised episodes of Itchy and Scratchy (from The Simpsons) and the movie "The Rural Juror," from 30 Rock.

Razer Naga as a phone
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Razer Naga as a phone

Self-deprecation is frequently a key part of a good April Fool's gag - so gaming peripheral manufacturer Razer's awareness that some of their peripherals are frankly kind of outsized made this one a winner.

YouTube to shutter in 2023
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YouTube to shutter in 2023

So yes, you could count this as one of Google's many jokes - but the announcement that YouTube would shut down after declaring a single video as the "winner" in 2023 was funny enough to warrant its own entry. Personally, if that video of the swearing parrot doesn't win (VERY NSFW LANGUAGE), I don't know what to tell you.