Best April Fools Day Web Pranks 2010

April Fools’ Day is upon us and the web is bustling with pranks and jokes of all sorts, ranging from injuries caused by the sudden acceleration of PCs to Hulu’s secret plan depicted in a 10 minute internal training video. Here’s our roundup of fun and entertaining April Fools’ Day jokes and pranks for 2010.

Hulu's Confidential Training and Orientation Video

Hulu's Confidential Training and Orientation Video

Hulu’s Confidential Training and Orientation Video

Head over to Hulu today and play a video. You’ll see a button to view the video in 3D, except you won’t really get to see it in 3D. Instead, a new video window will pop up titled “Hulu Training and Orientation”. The 10 minute video details Hulu’s alien plot to turn our brains into goo. In 2009 they did something similar.

New Starbucks Sizes, Plenta and Micra

New Starbucks Sizes, Plenta and Micra

New Starbucks Sizes, Plenta and Micra

Starbucks says they’ve listened to customer requests for more sizes and introduced two new beverage sizes today, Plenta (128 fl oz) and Micra (2 fl oz). While this is amusing, I can imagine many people would actually buy Starbucks in these sizes.

YouTube TEXTp

YouTube TEXTp

YouTube TEXTp

YouTube added a new video viewing mode today called TEXTp in an effort to reduce bandwidth costs. The new viewing mode turns any YouTube video into ASCII video. I rather enjoyed watching the Lego Matrix Trinity Help video in this mode.

Google Topeka

Google Topeka

Google Changes Name to Topeka

Google announced today it has changed its name to Topeka in honor of Topeka, Kansas changing its name to Google for Google’s fiber internet. This is one among many Google April Fools’ Day jokes.

Google Translate for Animals

Google Translate for Animals

Google Translate for Animals

Google UK introduced a new Android app to bridge the gap between animals and humans. The accompanying YouTube video is relatively entertaining, demonstrating how the app works.

XKCD Goes Unix

XKCD Goes Unix

XKCD Goes Unix

The popular and funny XKCD comic site is sporting a Unix-like theme today where visitors can type different commands to navigate the site and get some funny responses. A few to try are “apt-get moo”, “man last”, “man next” and “find kitten”.

Update: Adam suggests trying “[email protected]:/$ make me a sandwich” and “[email protected]:/$ sudo make me a sandwich”. Thanks Adam!

Dharma Initiative Alarm Clock

Dharma Initiative Alarm Clock

Dharma Initiative Alarm Clock

ThinkGeek offers a new product called the Dharma Initiative Alarm Clock, which should be quite popular with Lost fans. In fact, many people seem to really want to be able to purchase this alarm clock. In fact, were it a real product, I would be quite interested in purchasing one myself.

Qualcomm Butterfly Attack

Qualcomm Butterfly Attack

Qualcomm Butterfly Attack

Qualcomm posted a video today of a breaking news alert about butterfly attacks on two people who stole newly developed mobile displays that mimic the way light reflects of butterfly wings. The vivid colors and reflective properties of the displays attract the butterflys.

DIY CrunchPad Kit

DIY CrunchPad Kit

DIY CrunchPad Kit

TechCrunch introduced a Do-It-Yourself CrunchPad kit to turn any laptop screen into an iPad like device (a CrunchPad). The instructional video is quite amusing, tearing apart a laptop and “piecing” together a CrunchPad.

Celebrating the Launch of GIFtuts+

Celebrating the Launch of GIFtuts+

Celebrating the Launch of GIFtuts+

Envato introduces a new member of the Tuts+ family, GIFtuts+. The animated gifs in this “announcement” are both painful and hilarious to look at. They bring back memories don’t they?

MidLifing: Midlife Crisis Help

MidLifing: Midlife Crisis Help

MidLifing: The Wingman for Your Midlife Crisis

In case you missed our review of MidLifing, be sure to check that out. MidLifing is a humorous site setup by Gelform boasting a service to help people experiencing a midlife crisis take things a step further and “indulge” their crisis.

Happy April Fools’ Day!

Have a fun and entertaining April Fools’ Day everyone. There’s so many great pranks and jokes going around the web today be sure to check out TechCrunch’s Definitive List, which is to be updated throughout the day. If you come across a really great joke or prank, I’d love to hear about it in the comments below or via tweet @webappstorm. Thanks!


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  • But you guys missed the best part of the xkcd UNIX theme. If you ask it

    [email protected]:/$ make me a sandwich

    What? Make it yourself.

    [email protected]:/$ sudo make me a sandwich

    Okay.

    • Haha, that’s great. Thanks Adam, I’ve updated the article. :)

  • Here are some others from XKCD.com, that you can check out. :)
    Some are funny, and some just gives extra functionality. 😉

    http://pastebin.com/Xgkh1LeG
    http://pastebin.org/130687

    Go ahead and try them out, while you can. :)

  • This was our video April Fools prank from last year: How to Market on the Web: http://websmart.tv/fun/how-to-market-on-the-web/