Hold on to your sides everyone, it’s April Fools Day! That means a day of jocular japes is upon us, full of laugh-out-loud moments, gut-busting guffaws, cheeky chuckles, and hernia-causing hilarity. The trauma we feel when it’s all over makes us wish life was this amusing every single day, and not a paltry once a year.
Sit down, make sure your surgical corset is tightly secured in case of any unexpected side-splittage, put that coffee aside (because you don’t want to spit it all over your keyboard, right?) and enjoy our pick of 2016’s April Fools’ day pranks, jokes, and wicked wheezes.
Mark Zuckerberg x H&M
Facebook founder and fashion icon Mark Zuckerberg has teamed up with fashion retailer H&M to produce an exclusive collection, Mark for H&M. It’s glorious, and consists of seven basic grey t-shirts, and a basic pair of jeans. “One less thing to think about in the morning,” is the tagline. We can actually see this going on sale.
Pornhub becomes Cornhub
The front page over at that popular online video site that caters for more adult tastes, has become Cornhub. Videos have been given amusing corn-related, innuendo-laden titles. It’ll make you titter.
Hipsters are featuring in a lot of April Fools videos this year, and here’s one of the best. This is what a stock photo site would be like if hipsters ran the show, making photos of ‘real life.’
Google Chrome Chromebook
Think your Galaxy S7 attracts fingerprints? Wait until you get your fingers all over this beauty! Except, you won’t, because it’s not real. And we’re a bit sad about it.
The Wooden Yoga Mat
The video to this is so subtle, and the actors so sincere, the Carved Wooden Yoga Mat really could be a real product. It’s also daft enough to be, thanks to the window for your smartphone. But think about it, just how unforgiving would a wooden yoga mat be?
Google Cardboard Plastic
Yes, obvious joke is obvious, but that doesn’t mean it’s not highly amusing. Google Cardboard Plastic is the most up-to-date way for us to experience real reality, in all its glory.
“Now you’ll see the world how I do, in 360-degrees,” says Snoop Dogg, and it’s all thanks to his tireless work with YouTube. It’s not just the video you see above either, look out for the SnoopaVision button on several 360-degree videos, like these.
Honda emoji licence plates
According to research conducted by Honda in the U.K., 97 percent of under 30s admit emoji faces are “their main method of expressing an emotion or idea in texts and instant messages.” It’s only sensible for Honda to introduce emoji license plates, which will be exclusively launched in 2017. Or not.
Mini Hipster Hatch
Probably our favorite car-related April Fool yet. The Mini Hipster Hatch has windows with Instagram filters built-in, a twin-cassette deck, and a fixed-gear transmission. The interior comes in stonewash denim, and those three-spoke alloys are a real throwback to car tuning of the 1990s in the U.K. The press release comes from Hoxton in London, where a car like this would fit right in, and already does in standard form. Check out the full release here; it’s a gem.
BBC Video Store
Continuing with the hipster-mocking trend, the BBC has decided that with every purchase from its online media store, you’ll receive a VHS video cassette to accompany it. Watch right to the end for some “effects” that will be very familiar to those who remember watching aging video tapes.
Google’s Self-Driving Bicycle
Introduced by Google Netherlands, the self-driving bike stays upright, helps avoid crashes, and even has its own app so you can call it to your location.
Mini Scissor Doors
Mini will (or won’t) offer scissor doors on its 3-door Mini, the Paceman, and the convertible model, to make squeezing into the car easier in tight parking spaces, complete with an emergency system called Pyrotechnic Emergency Exit. Yes, that’s PEE for short. Take a look at all the details here, and rejoice that we will (or won’t) see this as an option on the 6-door Mini Clubman in 2017.
That’s Variable Load Coupling Rear Orientation, and the latest innovation from Lexus, which holds the driver of its RC F and GS F cars tightly in position when cornering hard. Sure, there are a few compromises, but then, isn’t there always with the best new inventions?
This gag builds on smartphone brand OnePlus’s trademark sandstone textured rear covers, seen on the OnePlus and OnePlus 2 devices. The GetSandstoned process adds the same material to four of the slipperiest things known to man — cups, soap, shoes, and the iPhone 6S. The video’s a good one, so make sure to watch.