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Up to 5K Turned Out for Hoax Concert. It Did Not End Well

Belgian police officer hospitalized after clashes in Brussels

(Newser) - An April Fools' joke in Belgium did not go over well Thursday as police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse a crowd that had gathered to attend a concert, which turned out to be a hoax. An announcement posted to Facebook in March promised a slate of famous...

Google Says It Will 'Pause the Jokes' Again

This is the second April 1 of the pandemic, it notes

(Newser) - For the second year in a row, Google has decided that this is not the right time for jokes or stunts like " Google Tulip ." According to an internal email seen by Business Insider , the company told managers to "pause the jokes" for another year because the pandemic...

Well, a Celeb Pulled an April Fools' Coronavirus Prank

K-pop star Jaejoong ended up taking the post down

(Newser) - A K-pop star apparently didn't get the April 1 memo. As governments across the globe went so far as to issue warnings against pulling coronavirus-related April Fools' Day jokes, the singer Jaejoong from the K-pop group JYJ told his 1.9 million fans on Instagram he'd been diagnosed...

'Against the Law to Fake Having COVID-19' on April 1

Countries threaten jail time for virus-related pranks

(Newser) - This April Fools' Day, very few people are in the mood for being pranked—or for reading news stories more surreal than what is already happening. Companies like Google have called off their annual corporate jokes and in some countries, authorities have warned that anybody spreading misinformation about the outbreak...

Russian Foreign Ministry: 'For Election Interference, Press 3'
Russia Gets In on This Year's
April Fools' Day Jokes
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Russia Gets In on This Year's April Fools' Day Jokes

'For election interference, press 3'

(Newser) - Need some election interference? The Russian Foreign Ministry is ready to help—or so it says on April Fools' Day. On Saturday, the ministry posted on its Facebook page an audio file of the purported new automated telephone switchboard message for Russian embassies. "To arrange a call from a...

Today's Best April Fool's Stories

Twitter, Google, and Virgin roll out doozeys

(Newser) - You may have seen Google's plan to "shut down YouTube," but that wasn't the only media-perpetrated April Fool's prank today, CNN reports. Among the day's best:
  • Twitter (sorry, "Twttr") announced that vowels are no longer permitted in tweets, so as to facilitate

Mitt Romney the Butt of 2 April Fools' Pranks

And Forbes.com did not find one of them funny

(Newser) - One of yesterday's April Fools' Day pranks apparently fooled a few too many people: A Forbes contributor posted a blog on Forbes.com claiming that Mitt Romney had dropped out of the presidential race and endorsed Rick Santorum. Despite the fact that editors took it down after just half...

Wisconsin: Disney Is 'Buying Our Bike Trail'??

Elroy-Sparta Bike Trail: Filled with video games and motorbikes?

(Newser) - Chalk one up for those who check the calendar: A Wisconsin newspaper reported this week that Disney would buy a beloved state biking trail and fill it with arcade games, piped-in music, motorbike paths, and kid-friendly miniature trains. Public outcry over the County Line article was so intense that editors...

Google's April Fools' Joke, 'Gmail Motion,' Now Real
 'Gmail Motion' Now Real 

'Gmail Motion' Now Real

Group turns April Fools' joke into working technology

(Newser) - Days after it was announced, Google’s April Fools' joke has become reality. Last week the company unveiled "Gmail Motion," a fake service that would allow you to compose an email using a webcam and some pretty kooky gestures (like pretending to lick a stamp to send said...

5 Ways to Avoid Becoming an April Fool

First and most importantly, be aware of the date

(Newser) - Welcome to April 1, “the day when every office jokester and petty prankster thinks up some gags at your expense that they think will be hilarious,” writes Brian Moylan on Gawker . “Well, not this year, jackass.” Moylan offers a foolproof five-step plan to make yourself, well,...

April Fools Day: Google Unveils Gmail Motion

 Google Unveils 
 'Gmail Motion' 
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Google Unveils 'Gmail Motion'

'Now you can control Gmail with your body,' says April 1 announcement

(Newser) - Google proudly unveiled Gmail Motion today—today, of course, being April 1. The new application "uses your computer's built-in webcam and Google's patented spatial tracking technology to detect your movements and translate them into meaningful characters and commands," Google claims, offering a helpful guide to the necessary gestures....

New York Times Falls for April Fools Pranks

Blogger, tech site both manage to punk the paper

(Newser) - The New York Times got punked—twice!—on April Fools’ Day, and the World Wide Web is having quite a laugh about it. First, the paper fell for a New York personal injury attorney who claimed to have been appointed “official White House law blogger,” going so...

12 Legendary April Fool's Pranks
 12 Legendary 
 April Fool's Pranks 
a whopper for lefties?

12 Legendary April Fool's Pranks

Big Ben going digital? Switzerland harvesting spaghetti?

(Newser) - As you prepare whatever April Fools' Day prank you have in mind for your loved ones, take a look back at 12 classic jokes, courtesy of the Daily Beast :
  • Swiss spaghetti harvest: In 1957, the BBC aired a serious-sounding report on Switzerland’s bumper crop of pasta; hundreds fell for

Google Renames Itself Topeka
Google Renames
Itself Topeka

Google Renames Itself Topeka

Proclaims it a 'different kind of name for a different kind of company'

(Newser) - Google was so moved when Topeka, Kansas, changed its name to Google, that as of today, the company has changed its name to Topeka. “We didn’t reach this decision lightly,” writes Eric Schmidt on the official Topeka blog . “We had a fair amount of brand equity...

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