It’s that time of the year again when popular brands’ “new” product announcements may dupe the gullible and give others a good laugh.
Here’s a list of April Fools’ Day pranks to look out for as you scroll through social media today.
If you’ve ever wanted to know what your plants are thinking, a new Google translator has got you covered. Yesterday, the technology company unveiled the software that will allow users to communicate with their tulips. A preview of the translator demonstrated that tulips love water and they’re willing to listen to you describe your grandchildren. The Dutch university in charge of much of the project’s research is also trying to communicate with cacti, but the plants’ personalities are just as prickly as their spines.
The service is only available on April 1, which is Google’s kind hint that the service is an April Fools’ joke.
Duolingo’s Real-Life Aggressive Reminders
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Introducing Duolingo Push! We’re taking notifications out of your phone and into the real world. Yup: Duo the Owl will literally show up to remind you to practice so you never miss a lesson.
— Duolingo (@duolingo) April 1, 2019
Anyone with the language app knows just how aggressive its reminders to continue lessons can be. There are many Twitter meme threads devoted to making fun of the app’s notifications. At least the company knows how to laugh at itself. In honor of the pranking holiday, the app announced a new notification service that would take “notifications out of your phone and into the real world.” Duo, the company’s owl mascot, will appear before you to give a “subtle reminder” to continue practicing so you don’t break your learning streak. Talk about taking aggressive notifications to an all new level.
Tinder’s Height Verification Update
The popular dating app hopes to bring “the honesty back to online dating,” with an update that will verify users’ height information. The fictional update, announced two days before April 1, would put an end to “heightlying.”
Some commenters figured out the update was fake because the sample height detector skipped from 5’9 to 6’0.
Reactions to Tinder’s prank have been mixed.
— Tinder (@Tinder) March 29, 2019
Does… does tinder think there’s 10 inches in a foot? pic.twitter.com/uadaMKLif1
— Colby Smith (@_lvl5laserlotus) March 30, 2019
okay. will there be a weight verification? ??
— David Sharpe (@DWSharpe_) March 29, 2019
Many Twitter users hoped the company would actually implement a height verifier while others called for a weight verifier, too.
The company has been so inundated with inquiries regarding the stunt that its chief managing officer, Jenny Campbell, issued a statement revealing it was all a hoax. Campbell said the company wanted to use the joke to raise awareness that “only 14.5% of the US male population is over 6’ despite the many Tinder bios claiming otherwise.”
“This caused quite a stir among our users, and while we aren’t really verifying height, we do encourage people to stand proudly in their truth when filling out their bios,” Campbell wrote. “And conversely, we encourage all Tinder users to keep an open mind while swiping. Sometimes your most unexpected match can lead to amazing things.”
McDonald’s Shake Sauce
For those who love to dip their fries, nuggets and even apple pies in their shakes, the fast-food chain plans to launch four shake sauce dips matching its milkshake flavors.
If only it weren’t an April Fools’ Day joke.
— McDonald’s (@McDonalds) April 1, 2019
This might be a joke but some of us have been literally going to Wendy’s for years instead so we can dip fries in our chocolate Frostees https://t.co/NL4Zpki5JM
— Kasie Hunt (@kasie) April 1, 2019
The prank reminded some Twitter users, like MSNBC’s political correspondent and “Kasie DC” host, Kasie Hunt, of their own dipping habits.
“This might be a joke but some of us have been literally going to Wendy’s for years instead so we can dip fries in our chocolate Frostees,” Hunt tweeted.
Fresh Direct’s Cauliflower Milk
Fresh Direct, a grocery delivery company, announced the launch of Caulk, its brand of cauliflower milk. The YouTube video describing the new type of milk drops clues that it might still be in the inventing stage. Each cup of Caulk has “100% of the daily requirement of vitamins A, C and D.” The voice-over announces a plethora of Caulk’s other health benefits before finally wishing viewers a happy April Fools’ Day. Watch the video to see what other jokes you can find.
Amazon’s Tiny Food Delivery Service
Good things really do come in small packages. From bite-sized burgers and “donuts too tiny to share,” Amazon will deliver your miniature food order for free today only.
This might be a joke, but you can, in fact, get free delivery on a regular size order today if you use the promo code TINYFOOD at checkout.
Burps are useful after all. SodaStream, the sparkling water maker brand, partnered with retired U.S. astronaut Scott Kelly on a new water bottle that can turn your burps into water. The International Space Station’s carbon dioxide removal system inspired the made-up invention.
Starbucks’ Pupbucks cafes for dogs
— Starbucks Coffee (@Starbucks) April 1, 2019
Now, here’s an April Fools’ prank that all dog owners wish was true. Starbucks unleashed plans for a cafe chain for dogs. Even if you’re not a fan of April Fools’ Day pranks, watch the video for the stampede of puppies and dogs frolicking through the set.
Honda’s New Pastport model
Who said you need a time machine to travel back to the ‘90s? To give drivers’ that blast from the past they’ve been yearning for, Honda outfitted its 2019 Passport mid-sized SUV with your favorite ‘90s relics. Coin holder, beeper mount, fold-out maps, disco lights and CD player included.
Toyota Water Cruiser
Toyota posted a single photo of an SUV cruising through water on its Facebook page in celebration of April Fools’ Day. The new vehicle is part of the company’s goals to take its cars off-road and off-shore.
Shuttershock Brick-and-Mortar Library
If you only read books for the pictures, this new library might just be for you. The stock photography company announced the opening of a “massive” library to put its photos backs in the people’s hands. The library will feature collections like “Happy Millennials Holding Sparklers,” “Tube Sock Vectors: An Anthology” and “Portriats of Disgruntled Ostriches.”
U.S. Open Tennis’s new furry employees
BREAKING: The US Open to add puppies to the ballperson team at the 2019 tournament for the first time.
All breeds welcome. pic.twitter.com/Yu5ySEhriF
— US Open Tennis (@usopen) April 1, 2019
In a breaking news announcement, the United States Open Tennis Championships announced that the 2019 tournament would be the first to add puppies to the ballperson team. Ballpersons retrieve and supply balls to players and officials. The ballperson teams are now accepting applications, and all breeds are welcome.
Hasbro’s Mr. Potato Head Replacement
Holy guacamole! We’ve given Mr. Potato Head the sack and we’re introducing his new hipster companion, Mr Avo Head! pic.twitter.com/Y9aRITCTd7
— Hasbro (@Hasbro) April 1, 2019
Potatoes are so last year. Hasbro must have thought so, too, when they decided to replace the iconic Mr. Potato Head children’s toy with Mr. Avo Head. The new toy even comes with headphones, black frame glasses, a topknot and a full beard in true millennial fashion.
Chicago Bears’ Triple Digit Jerseys
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) April 1, 2019
In celebration of its centennial season, the Chicago Bears football team will be sporting new jerseys that add a one in front of every number.
Tom Brady’s Hour-Long Retirement
Was this a bad joke?
— Tom Brady (@TomBrady) April 1, 2019
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady joined Twitter today to announce his retirement from professional football to his fans’ sadness and his rivals’ glee. The announcement came more than a week after former teammate Rob Gronkowski retired from the team.
But after about an hour, Brady tweeted again asking if that was “a bad joke.”
Los Angeles Times’ Disses New York Food Culture
In an article titled “For cramped New York, an expanding dining scene,” an L.A. Times food reporter describes New York as a “culturally bereft island.” The article also said that New York’s “scrappy culinary scene” is gradually changing the city into a “legitimate dining destination.” Before you start sending the author angry emails in defense of New York, be advised that this is a satirical commentary on a real article. In a 2018 article, The New York Times claimed Los Angeles had an “absence of strong institutions to bind it together” and that the city’s news media lack the “different voices and the kind of competition that can ensure a live civic debate.” You reap what you sow.
Would any of these April Fools’ Day pranks have fooled you?