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An updated (and depressing) list of all the April Fools’ pranks on the Internet

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The thing that is usually good about April Fool’s Day is that it is just one day. But 2017 has taken even that from us. Because the hoax-filled “holiday” falls on a Saturday this year, a number of this year’s jokes have rolled out early. Some pranks launched on Friday, while others went live even earlier in the week.

As we have in years past, The Intersect is keeping a running tab on all the pranks we can find (or, more often, jokes that are pitched to us by brands). We’ve begun our tracking of this hoax wasteland a day early to account for all the stuff that crept into March.

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Below is our list, so far, of all the April Fools’ pranks on the Internet this year, broken up into a few categories.

Whether you’ve come here to fact check something you read online that seems a bit off, or because you just like to watch the world burn, we hope this list will be helpful over the next couple of days.

And may God have mercy on our souls.

Tech and Web:



Miscellaneous Brands: 

Animal jokes 

Fake wearables, “smart” items, and AI jokes:

Fake “news” and history 

Messing with children: 

[This post, originally published at 10:34 AM on March 31, has been updated multiple times and will continue to update through April 1st]