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April Fools' Day 2015: The best and worst pranks from around the Web
April 1, 2015, 4:57 pm

Welcome to the first of April. It is a day when we can all wake up, fire up the internet, and sigh a collective groan at the barrage of cringe-worthy pranks, tall tales and PR stunts conjured up by desperate media companies and junior brand creatives across the world.

We'll be here as long as we can take it today, face-palming ourselves into oblivion as we catalog the good, the bad and the ugly of April Fools' Day 2015.

Pac-Man eats his way across Google Maps

Google, the merry prankster of totally-not-evil corporate Web behemoths, has announced that you can now play Pac-Man on Google Maps. Open a map in your browser, click the blue and black square in the bottom left of your screen, and before you know it, it'll be lunchtime.

Your UberBOAT is arriving

Why dart through the streets of your city in a Prius when you can take to the high seas? The dream has (very nearly) (not really) become reality in Thailand, where Uber will be piloting a program allowing users to hitch a ride on boats "on the streets of Bangkok" ahead of the rainy season.

The cutting-edge of technology

Samsung has announced this year's must-have kitchen accessory -- the Galaxy BLADE edge, "the world's first smart knife with smartphone capabilities," according to the phonemaker. The phone/knife apparently features "a razor-sharp diamond edge, tough enough to cut through a lobster tail and sharp enough to slice though tender heirloom tomatoes."

It's probably still not as good as an iPhone.

Putin, Poroshenko to take this outside

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has thrown down the gauntlet to Vladimir Putin, challenging the Russian leader to a one-off judo match to settle the future of eastern Ukraine, The Economist has reported.

When reached for comment, a spokesman for Angela Merkel reportedly said: "Bring it on."

Qatar to win Euro 2020?

Following up on their rather uncontroversial awarding of the 2022 World Cup, Qatar will be invited to qualify for the 2020 European football championships to help the country develop a footballing culture, The Daily Telegraph has reported.

FIFA President Sepp Blatter has personally proposed that the tiny Gulf state join qualification for Euro 2020 to provide European teams a chance to "get to know" their 2022 hosts better.

Tower of Pisa to be turned into hotel

The fine people of The Telegraph must have a lot of time on their hands, for it appears that Italian officials are taking heat over their plan to raise money by turning the Leaning Tower of Pisa into a luxury hotel.

The proposal for the hotel -- to be called 3.99 Degrees -- suggests each floor be turned into a single room with a 360-degree view named after a hero of the Italian renaissance, The Telegraph has reported.


Should you boot up Google's web browser Chrome on your mobile today, you might be in for a bit of a shock. Another clever prank is #ChromeSelfie, which allows you to snap an unflattering selfie and share it in reaction to an open tab on Chrome.

If you've ever wondered what Googling in a parallel universe would look like, wonder no more. Google has launched a backward version of its search portal, All results are flipped in a mirror image, making for disorientating reading.

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