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04 / 04 / 2016

When the prank goes wrong

The 1st of April must be the most light-hearted day of the year. And in most cases it is. Though you will never guess if the prank is funny or it is a complete failure until it goes online. This year we made the list of the most bizarre and outrageous jokes of the April Fools' Day 2016.

The biggest backfire: Gmail 'mic drop' April Fools' joke

On March 31, Google introduced the "send & mic drop" button in Gmail. This option also automatically attached a gif of a minion dropping the microphone and muted an email thread.

Intended to humorously convey that the sender is ending the conversation, it also subsequently disappointed many gmail users who mistakenly sent minions to their bosses and clients. After removing a temporary email feature Google even made an official apology on their blog: “Well, it looks like we pranked ourselves this year. Due to a bug, the Mic Drop feature inadvertently caused more headaches than laughs. We’re truly sorry. The feature has been turned off. If you are still seeing it, please reload your Gmail page”.

The “best dad” prank: missing iPad

Dark humor never gets old. Well-known Scottish comedian Joe Heenan shared a picture of his children on Twitter. He pretended to give them an iPad - but it was just a prank: “Told my kids I got them an iPad but it's just the box”. Although this was a setup and the kids were acting, many people took it too seriously and even blamed this gentleman for making evil jokes with his own kids. Anyway, Joe’s twitter post went viral, it gained about 8,000 retweets, and we found it pretty funny.

The most disappointing prank: China bans April Fools' Day

In a message posted online, the country's official Xinhua news agency said: "Today is the so-called ‘Fools' Day’ in the West. Fools' Day doesn’t consist with our country’s traditional culture, the socialist core values. Hope nobody believes in rumours, creates rumours or spreads rumours.”

But the post has been ridiculed by Chinese social media users. Some said it was the best joke of the day, while others were confused about whether it was itself meant to be funny or a serious comment. Xinhua banned any comments, but people took to other outlets to mock the official party stance.

Apparently it was no joke at all.


Remember that jokes always sound better in your head. That’s why before making them public, show them to your friends.