April Fool’s Day is a fond tradition of pranks, jokes and a celebration of silliness, in general. This year, the holiday landed on a Saturday so a number of brands got a head start with some rather ingenious hoaxes.
Twitch: Emote Effects
This hoax makes the top of our list because it seems totally legit. On April 1, Twitch announced the addition of emote effects—animated comments overlaid onto saved video clips. “Your favorite global emotes were once limited to Twitch Chat, but no longer shall you be contained,” the site boasted. Of course, the effect doesn’t actually work, much to the chagrin of a few users.
Google Maps: Ms. Pacman
It has become an April Fool’s Day tradition to transform Google Maps into a game board for Ms. Pacman and it’s available once again. Simply open the app and press the Ms. Pacman icon to change from regular maps to the game.
She's a map-eater. And today, you can be one too.
Chomp the competition and share your high score with #MsPacMaps ??? @officialpacman pic.twitter.com/lSWvmj39DN
— Google Maps (@googlemaps) March 31, 2017
GeForce: GTX G-Assist
With the help of learning AI, this nifty gadget will keep playing for you when you’re AFK, beat that pesky boss and even order food when it thinks its gamer is getting hungry.
Honda: Horn Emojis
Now honking at people can be more expressive and fun, especially on the highway.
Lexus: Lane Valet
Tired of “left lane rangers” holding up the show? Lexus has the solution I really wish existed.
Nestlé Coffee Mate: Coffee Flavor
Ever wish your coffee tasted a bit more like coffee? Problem solved.
Jim Beam: Jim Beans
“We’ve been making bourbon for 220 years, but some folks still call us Jim Bean. Hint taken. Introducing Jim Beans: aged one day in a tin can.”
L.A. Police Gear – Tactical Rock
Sometimes the most basic tools are still the best. Also makes a handy paperweight.
Progressive: Insurance on Mars
If you’re planning on leaving Earth any time soon, it’s better to go prepared.
Buffalo Wild Wings: Rally Beard Sauce
Can sauce be delicious, help your team win and help grow a lush beard? BW3 has the solution.
Amazon Echo has been updated to understand pets, according to this April Fool’s ad.
Because “no one knows nuts like Snickers . . .”
U By Kotex: Pad-Shaped Bandages
Now with wings for extra protection.
Evine: Totes M’Goats DIY Soap Kit
This kit “offered” by the cable shopping network includes an adorable baby goat and everything you need to make your home a complete, although lavender-scented, mess.
KFC: The Bucket
The future of ordering chicken has arrived.
There’s no reason why you can’t have great cell coverage and be comfortable.
Swim Today: Eu de Chlôrine
Let everyone know how much you swim . . . or bleach clothes with this new fragrance from Swim Today.
Life Storage: She Shed
Ladies, have you ever wished you had a feminine version of a man cave? Life Storage is offering “She Sheds” for $99 a month.