There are a few you always know to expect, starting with Google and ThinkGeek. Here are those, along with a few others we’ve seen this morning. Happy Don’t Believe The Internet Day! (Except the GeekMoms–we really have moved to this new site. What do you think?)
“Smelling is believing,” the new Google Nose search feature tells us! While I can find some appeal in being able to search the 15M+ scentibytes Google Aromabase, I’m glad SafeSearch is enabled. Scents have been collected from thousands of miles of Street Sense vehicles, which means now you can check out that hotel’s smell before you visit! But that’s not all Google had ready for April 1. Treasure Map mode in Maps you can actually use, but I don’t recommend it for important navigation. Gmail Blue is all of the Gmail you love… but blue. Maybe next they’ll tell us they were just kidding about Reader shutting down.
The beautiful thing about ThinkGeek’s jokes is, of course, that there’s a chance they’ll start manufacturing them as real products. I’m not holding my breath for a real Play-Doh 3D Printer, but keep your eyes out for a real purchase button to appear some day on some of the others, including the Batman Family Car Decal Set, Batman Bane Walkie Talkies, Star Trek Death Star Trench Toss, Lord of the Rings Eye of Sauron Desk Lamp, Aliens Chestburster-in-a-Can and Adventure Time BMO Interactive Buddy, and the Minecraft Creeper Body Pillow.
- Mimoco Jar Jar Binks Drive
This is more of a followup–Mimoco has taken a page from the ThinkGeek playbook and made last year’s prank real.
- Star Trek Style Transporter for Android users
Heck, yeah! I’ve been waiting for this since the first episode of Star Trek I ever saw! Tough luck, iPhone users. We’ll be zipping about without you. My passport is packed!
- No More Police Box TARDIS
DoctorWhoTV.co.uk announces that “the classic blue box just isn’t ‘street enough’ any more” and will make its last appearance in the Series 7 finale.
- Bat-on-bat LoveThe upcoming relationship between Bruce Wayne and Barbara Gordon won’t be just a fleeting thing. They’re starting a family.
- SkyScanner Kid Counter
If only you could know before you booked a flight the chances that you’d be kept awake for 12 hours next to an unhappy infant. Now you can!
- Bacon Scope
You’ve probably already seen this April Fool’s marketing trick, since Scope clearly jumped the gun on the holiday. Note to everyone for next year: It’s called April Fool’s Day, not April Fool’s Week. We’re not turning this into the thing where Christmas decorations start appearing after Labor Day.
- Unpakt To The Moon
Unpakt is advertising an option for moves to the moon. But if you click it, you get to play Space Invaders!
- Reddit /r/startrek and /r/starwars
Heeeey. Something’s not quite right here!
- Funny or Die Brings Back The 90s
It was the golden age of television. With your help, they can Kickstart projects like Sliders The Movie, the Dinosaurs One Man Show featuring Baby Sinclair, and Darkwing Duck: The Movie.
- Wikipedia “Did You Know?”
These range from humorous to potentially NSFW, if your NSFW standards include words. They lead to real Wikipedia entries, though.
- League of Legends Draven Takeover
This wiki has gotten a bit… singularly focused.
- DeviantHeart, Dating for DeviantArt users
This doeesn’t seem like the worst idea ever. But DeviantArt users are touchy about April Fool’s jokes.
- YouTube Ends
They’ve had a good run, but it’s time to pick a winner and call an end to this YouTube thing.
- Imgur Upload Via Snail Mail
Sometimes a quick upload just feels… impersonal. Sometimes your connection is just too slow. Now you can put a stamp on your gif and send it in.
- American Eagle Skinny Skinny
This clothing retailers pokes a little fun at itself and trends with skinny jeans so tight, they’re literally sprayed on.
- Good Morning America Announces Human-Primate Communication
We’ve deciphered the secret language of gorillas!
- Left-Handed Canon Photographers Rejoice
In May, the Canon EOS 7D L with a reversed design meant for lefties will ship!
- Hulu’s New Lineup
Been waiting patiently for the complete Itchy and Scratchy? You’ll also get to enjoy the complete seasons of other classics, like Inspector Spacetime and MILF Island.
- EA Takes Over Nintendo
Today GameFAQs issues heart attacks with their daily poll in the right sidebar.
By day, Ruth Suehle helps upstream open source software communities and tells people how to build fun things with a Raspberry Pi. By night, she fights crimes against craftiness. No, that's not true. She just makes things, which means her husband and kids know to watch out for stray pins and to ask before eating anything made of fondant. (Follow her on Twitter at @suehle.)