It's April 1 and Google has once again pulled out all the stops: The company's April Fool's Day offerings this year include "Google Tulip," which supposedly allows users in the Netherlands to communicate with their tulips and know more about their needs, VentureBeat reports. Google's Japanese team, meanwhile, says it has created the "Gboard spoon," allowing users to input characters to their devices by bending a spoon. One April 1 offering that really exists is a new twist on the '90s game Snake, which can be played in cities including Cairo, London, and San Francisco in Google Maps. The company says it will be live in the Google Maps app for about a week. More gags:
- Tinder. The online dating app claims to have introduced a "height verification badge," the Drum reports. "Simply input your true, accurate height with a screenshot of you standing next to any commercial building," it states.
- SodaStream. Astronaut Scott Kelly appears in a spoof SodaStream ad for burp-powered SodaStreamMe, reports CNET. The mechanism, he says, can help harness excess CO2 and "turn it into something awesome."
- McDonald's. The fast-food chain claims to be rolling out "Shake Sauce"—a milkshake dipping sauce for fries, with flavors including Shamrock Shake, AdWeek reports. In Australia, it announced on Instagram that it was introducing the McPickle Burger—a double-decker burger with pickles instead of patties—though the joke backfired when hundreds of Aussies demanded the burger become a real menu addition.
- Honda. Honda Canada plays up to stereotypes with the "Polite Horn," which it describes as "a bold new way to introduce a little more decorum to our roads."
- HelloFresh. You can now "eat like a mythical creature with a box full of farm-fresh rainbows, smiles, and joy right at your doorstep," according to the meal delivery service, which claims to be offering a colorful, sugary "Unicorn Box" that includes a "pixie pizza" and "twinkle tacos."
- Shutterstock. Bandt reports that the online photo library has released a video promoting its move into a brick and mortar store, with a physical library holding "over 250 million volumes of images."
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