China bans April Fools' Day

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China bans April Fools' Day

China is dropping the hammer on April Fools' Day.

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

While many reasonable humans despise the pranking "holiday," China's Communist Party is taking that hatred one step further by banning it altogether.

China's state news agency, Xinhua, announced, "'April Fools' Day' is not consistent with our cultural tradition, or socialist core values. Hope nobody believes in rumors, makes rumors or spreads rumors."

The Communist Party is known for squashing dissent on social media and controlling public conversations about the government.

Related: See some of the wildest April Fools' pranks:

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Pranks gallery to add to April Fools' Day pages (fun photos only)
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China bans April Fools' Day
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.

 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)

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.
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But like most April Fools' Day haters, the disdain probably stems from being burned one too many times.

Back in 2012, the Communist Party's official paper fell for an article from The Onion that named North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un "Sexiest Man Alive" and gave him a 55-page photo spread.

The year after that, their news channel was fooled by a story about Virgin Airlines launching the world's first glass-bottomed plane.

And in case you thought they weren't serious, they've even threatened three years in prison for sharing false reports online.

So pranksters beware, because doing hard time is no joke.

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