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

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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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