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The Post ruins April Fools’ Day, 2023 edition

The HyperX Cup MIX-IN headphones, a fictitious “joke” product from a previous April Fools' Day. (Nissin Foods)
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Today is April Fools’ Day, a.k.a. the Day of Lies.

Because The Washington Post is a newspaper, and news is the opposite of a lie, our writers have a tradition of dumping on the holiday, particularly on corporate marketing specialists who use the occasion to deceive their customers with fictitious announcements in the name of “humor.”

As a public service, we are debunking every brand- or celebrity-related April Fools’ prank we can find today in the hopes that no one is tricked against their will. Please read and commit to memory:

April Fools’ Day is a garbage holiday. Here is its terrible history.

A brief, totally sincere history of April Fools’ Day

This list was updated throughout the day with additional April Fools’ Day crimes. See you next year.


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