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The Best & Worst April Fools Pranks of 2016

Ah, April Fools’ Day…

A day where everyone is pregnant or engaged and saran wrap is terrifying

Corporations love to use this faux holiday as an excuse to gain some free publicity, but some do it better than others.

So who killed it this year and who crashed and burned? Check out my thoughts below:

Worst: McDonalds

Fast food giant McDonalds released the MmmBox for April Fools’ Day – a monthly subscription service that pairs your favorite menu items to your lifestyle.

Their recent box, the McRib box, includes a McRib, a moustache comb, a plaid napkin, and irony.

Best: Analog Watch Co.

This little-known watch company scored some free advertising when they announced the preposterous Lunar Watch: the world’s first timepiece made of a solid piece of genuine moon rock.

The Lunar Watch may be one huge lie, but let’s be honest, this earthy (or should I say moony) concept is absolutely stunning. Let’s make this happen, people!

Worst: Google

Google decided to have a little fun with its Gmail application this April Fools’ Day, adding a “Mic Drop” option that allowed users to completely end an email thread with a GIF of a yellow Minion dropping a microphone. Sounds cute and innocent, right? Wrong, so wrong.

There were two major issues with this prank:

  1. Minion memes are awful and should be banned from the internet
  2. Google put the “Mic Drop” option right next to the “Send” button

People ended up accidentally clicking the “Mic Drop” option rather than “Send” button, and some even reported that clicking “Send” would still prompt the minion to appear. Google pulled the plug on this prank relatively early due to the thousands upon thousands of angry people who flooded their customer services lines.

Looks like the joke was on Google this year.

Best: Sony

Sony unveiled their latest product on April 1: The Proton Pack.

Ok… this product clearly isn’t fooling anyone who has seen Ghostbusters (or has a brain for that matter), but the craftsmanship is definitely to be admired, and 80s movies references will never, ever fail.

Worst: WaterAid

WaterAid is an international organization that strives to provide access to safe water and sanitation to people world wide.

This April Fools’ Day, however, they took their ‘sanitation’ stance a little too far:

The video does end on a very somber and realistic note, but still… there are no words. none.

Best: PornHub

In what is perhaps the best April Fools’ Day prank of all this year, PornHub decided to rebrand themselves as… wait for it…CornHub. 

This has to be the corniest joke ever, yet it’s oh so perfect.

There are plenty more April Fools jokes that went unmentioned, so leave your favorites (and not so favorites) in the comments!

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