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