April Fools' prank tracker: Don't get fooled by these hoaxes

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10 Most Bizarre April Fool Pranks

It's almost time for another April Fools' Day, which means you can be sure that at least a couple of the headlines you read in the news and stories you see on social media won't be true.

To help sort the fact out from the fiction, we're going to track all the pranks and hoaxes we come across on April 1. We will dig around to figure out which stories are legit, which are questionable and which are down right wrong.

The pranks have started! See below and refresh the page for the latest:

STORY: Esurance launches 'election insurance' for disgruntled voters, starting April 1
STATUS: The start date tells you everything you need to know

STORY: Amazon unveils new button that lets you order condoms
STATUS: Not a hoax! Legit new product

STORY: Report: Murdoch's ex-wife is dating Vladimir Putin
STATUS: Unclear

STORY: Google Maps goes funky
STATUS: It's fun, type on your smartphone app: "Take me to Funky Town"

STORY: Google's GMAIL "send and mic drop" feature
STATUS: Reportedly stopped after user backlash

STORY: Google Express now delivering via parachutes
STATUS: Pie in the sky idea ... joke!

STORY: Pornhub turns its homepage food-themed
STATUS: It's true, you can visit at work without getting in trouble

STORY: GQ's homepage gets fashionable with George Costanza apparel
STATUS: Check it out for a limited time (and for a little inspiration)!


STORY: Donald Trump's 2016 campaign a prank all along
STATUS: Elaborate prank played out in a viral "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" video

Donald Trump's Huge Campaign Announcement

STORY: National Geographic to end publishing nude photo of animals
STATUS: Funny announcement that's going viral online (not true!)

STORY: Mike Huckabee announces he's reentering the 2016 presidential election
STATUS: April Fools' joke!

STORY: Mark Zuckerberg's collaboration with H&M ("The Collection Pack")
STATUS: In your dreams, hoax


STORY: Samsung Internet of Trousers
STATUS: We're not falling for this one

STORY: "Quilted Northern Rustic Weave" toilet paper line
STATUS: Ouch. So. Not. Real.

STORY: People freak out that Trader Joe's is shutting down
STATUS: An early April Fools' joke that quickly went viral

STORY: StarKist's "Charlie the Tuna" retires
STATUS: Don't be sad, it's just a joke

Charlie the Tuna's Retirement

Ladies and gentlemen, #TeamStarKist would like to introduce the new face of StarKist: Brad the Sawfish. He's slick. He's sharp. And he loves easily opening StarKist Pouches and cans. Our beloved spokes-fish for the past 50+ years, Charlie the Tuna, was set to retire, so we honored Charlie's wishes by finding another rad fish. Check out and share the video for the whole story – and visit our website for exclusive Brad the Sawfish swag! http://starki.st/ir3jpg

Posted by StarKist on Friday, April 1, 2016

STORY: Sony unveils its first-ever ghost catching device (Ghostbusters nerds freak!)
STATUS: It's cool, but sadly not real

STORY: New words added to Oxford Dictionaries
STATUS: Don't be fooled by words like LOYO (abbreviation meaning "laughing on your own"); fanishment (noun meaning "the state of being blocked by a celebrity on social media"); Leo'd (Leonardo DiCaprio's name as a verb, meaning "to achieve something after years of trying")

STORY: Virgin America bares all with new logo
STATUS: Just a joke

STORY: Lexus debuts new car feature (velcro seats)
STATUS: Don't stick around for this joke

STORY: Roomba that does Zumba
STATUS: This one is fun, just not true!

STORY: Dial-A-Drama (for those running late to the theatre)
STATUS: Just don't get distracted while driving (hoax)

STORY: Kars for Kids where you can donate and bring a child home
STATUS: Might raise some eyebrows, but definitely a joke

STORY: OpenTable launches a "Taste" app that displays photos you're supposed to lick
STATUS: *definitely* don't get caught doing this

Sharpen up your skeptical thinking skills by checking out this gallery of some of the silliest and most memorable pranks from 2015:

Pranks gallery to add to April Fools' Day pages (fun photos only)
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April Fools' prank tracker: Don't get fooled by these hoaxes
Just a few hours left to get the all-new #SelfieStick for dogs! Buy it now: http://t.co/Rdh1l1vUve http://t.co/UHiu8upvJH
#PatriotsNation breaths a collective sigh of relief when they realize it's #AprilFools Day...http://t.co/S8NIq5AzLw http://t.co/rq9r3VDbUm
Sriracha Filled Gummies…coming soon. http://t.co/T5UKLWyP4t
Introducing Grøüber, the revolutionary new car service from Groupon. Read more: http://t.co/kXVCjtqnHR http://t.co/7cjXjQpJzD
They said it couldn't be done. https://t.co/IkdLHLbaXJ
New LinkedIn Magic Mirror: Professional Photo Filters That Reveal Your Secret Career Dreams http://t.co/fOwEZV2Yk0 http://t.co/cymyrfdxrX
We're SO excited to announce our new #SelfieShoes.Step up your selfie game. Take a #shoefie. Watch Now: http://t.co/ks8L26fFqL
Just in time for Earth Month, the NEW Waterless Shower Head! #NoWaterAllClean http://t.co/UB8kSF2ArJ http://t.co/N26qfmJOv1
Sometimes the best pranks are the simplest ones. http://t.co/YSdxW4cV6Z http://t.co/KqhWw2GerC
Want to smell like a Whopper? Check out BK's new fragrance: http://t.co/BAEn2sPHX5 #AprilFools? http://t.co/8H41TyE09E
Used my moms phone to prank Allegra into thinking she was subscribed cat facts #AprilFools http://t.co/rPN2nMlFRj
Introducing #Cudl – our new tablet for couples. No more surfing the web alone; time to #CudlUp http://t.co/xJcGMBiBV6 http://t.co/LW8QAIvf8l
The Google Maps: #PokémonChallenge NEEDS to be real! Who doesn't want to catch 'em all?! http://t.co/qwlc2lxFh5 via @YouTube
In 1996, @tacobell announced its purchase of the Liberty Bell with this full-page #AprilFools ad. http://t.co/zRvkwmeut8

April Fools Day 2010

photo: JeffreyNathaniel/Flickr

The Hoff pasted to the back of her car , someone was in that front room playing video games or something and never saw us do any of this.

photo: PalaceofPranks/Flickr

It's easy to find the poster I added, but I can't take credit for it. I read about some genius posting these around New York City. I found it hillarious, and so did anyone I showed it too. It went over pretty well... for a few hours. But once again, someone without a sense of humor took these down too.

photo: Perfectance/Flickr

Do give this one a try! (IF you have no printer, you can always sketch a fish on paper, right?) Works excellent on colleagues, fellow students, family members and random strangers.

photo: vintagedept/Flickr

Topeka? Yes, for April Fools Day, Google changed its name to Topeka. There is a story behind this prank.

photo: arellis49/Flickr

For April Fools day, I converted my site into a Lisa Loeb fan site.

Pedestrians walk through an "e-lane" Monday, April 2, 2012, in Philadelphia. Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter used April Fool's Day to have a little fun with what he says is a real problem: distracted walking. City officials painted lines and oblivious stick-figure pictures on one stretch of John F. Kennedy Boulevard near City Hall as a jab at pedestrians who keep their eyes on their cellphone screens and not their surroundings. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
This frame grab image released by Google shows the Google Nose site, a parody site in celebration of April Fools' Day. Having already debuted its wearable Google Glass, the company on Monday showcased “Google Nose,” adding scents to it search results. (AP Photo/Google)
 A roll of paper towel frosted with icing and sugar confections to make it look like a real cake. Goes with April Fools Pranks story.  (Photo By Karl Gehring/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
Legislative intern Luke Hansen works at his aluminum-foil-coverd desk at the Capitol in Bismarck, N.D., Friday, April 1, 2005. As an April Fools' day prank, fellow interns wraped Hansen's desk and everything on it with aluminum foil. Hansen is from Milwaukee, Wis. He is a second-year law student at the University of North Dakota. (AP Photo/Will Kincaid)

LinkedIn April Fools Recommendations 

photo: DavidErickson/Flickr

Best April Fools prank do far goes to @WarbyParker for their new Canine Collection. 

photo: [kilodelta]/Flickr

Ready for a shopping experience built around you? Buckle up. The #FannyBasket has arrived. Check the link in our profile for the whole story.

In the modern era the unofficial holiday has become an opportunity for friends, families, big companies and sometimes even news outlets to share spoof stories designed to make a "fool" out of the intended audience, but it has much richer origins.

Many believe the holiday emerged in the 1500s when the western world shifted from using the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar. Find out more about that and the other origin stories.

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