April Fool's Redux: Which Internet Pranks Were Your Favorite This Year?

Most people love a decent joke, and so it follows that many people are also fond of April Fool's Day. You have to admit that, in addition to the now-annual traditions of fake ThinkGeek products and weird Google releases, there have been some impressive stunts pulled over the years, from Discover's hotheaded naked ice borers to the Swiss spaghetti harvest of 1957 to this year's reports of Conan O'Brien purchasing Mashable (of course, that last one could still turn out to be true—you never know).

Frankly, though, all that pranking can be a burden, so we're actually kind of relieved the day is over. (If you are, too, then you might consider bookmarking Slate's April Fool's Day Defense Kit for next year.)

So with that relief in mind—and with April Fool's 2012 behind us—let's take a look at some of the best internet pranks we found yesterday. Did any of them fool you?



Does casting news mean The Walking Dead's Lori is a goner?


Let's begin with one of our own: Tim's story about casting news concerning Sarah Wayne Callies (a.k.a. The Walking Dead's Lori Grimes). It was couched in fact, of course: Remember what happened to Jon Bernthal's character Shane after news broke of his new role in TNT's LA Noir?

If you don't have the slightest clue of what I'm talking about, check out the story here, and also take a look at our two other (admittedly very similar) April Fool's news blips: Price's The CW Accidentally Spoils the Vampire Diaries' Season 3 Finale and Killian's Whoops, They Did It Again: AMC Reveals Rosie's Murderer in a The Killing DVD AD.



Conan O’Brien buys Mashable


Conan O'Brien claimed he called Mashable founder Pete Cashmore and told him to "get out!" He also said he paid Cashmore "thirty-five hundred smackeroos" for the site.



Charlize Theron's phone gets hacked, and a kinky sex tape hits the web


The promise of a Charlize Theron sex tape had many folks wishing this April Fool's prank was true. The story was she left her phone at the Funny or Die offices and they decided to hack it... only to find some was super kinky stuff.



Adblock replaces ads with cats


AdBlock does exactly what its name implies: It blocks ads. If you have the popular browser extension installed on your computer, chances are you saw a slew of cat photos like the one above yesterday, in place of the grayed-out boxes AdBlock normally swaps for internet ads. (See more examples here.)



Rock Band, the board game


Harmonix announced a new game for those bored of shredding with their Rock Band guitar: An analog version with no instruments, no batteries, and "a larger song library than any other rhythm-action board game!" Believable? You tell us.


Did you spot any hilarious April Fool's pranks yesterday? Which ones had you fooled?

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I hate April Fool's Day - and people kept doing it on the 2nd!
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Google tap was the best, followed closely by The YouTube Collection and the New Reddit Timeline.
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If "Funny or Die" stated something, I would ALWAYS first consider it a joke...
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One of those german sites about celebrities posted a story about Charlie Sheen getting back the lead role in season 10 of Two and a half Men because Ashton Kutchers salary demands where too high. The prank also inlcuded a bit of Chuck Lorre having to keep 100 feet away from him and it stated they had several ideas on how to bring his body back.

Although it was pretty obvious it got picked up by some other german news sites (which is where I stumbled upon that). Here's the original source in german:



http://www.promiflash.de/sensation-10-staffel-taahm-wieder-mit-charlie-12040114.html
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A fake article with the title "Obama and the Democrats finally stand up to the Republicans"



Should've known better.
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My friend got fooled by the game Football Manager, it told him he his club had been given 500mill and a new stadium, only to laugh in his face and tell him it wouldn't be that easy! He actually had a tantrum about it.
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The cat thing was so smart!!! But I think Google and the 8 bit maps win this year.



PS: TV.com HAS to think of a better prank for the 2013....
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xkcd
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Catblock is the Best!!! :D
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