Top Eight April Fools’ Day Jokes of 2011

I don’t think I need to tell anyone what day it is today. Today is the day grown ups love acting stupid. Today is the day you can lie with impunity. If you are a serious kind of guy, then look away. There is nothing over here that will interest away. However, if you love yourself some pranks and jokes, then read on. I present to you my favourite April Fools Day jokes of 2011.

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8. Google (Gmail) – Can You Dance?

Back in 2009, Opera fooled me with its Facial Gestures prank. In a similar vein, earlier today, Google announced “Gmail Motion”. In Google’s words,

The mouse and keyboard were invented before the Internet even existed. Since then, countless technological advancement have allowed for much more efficient human computer interaction. Why then do we continue to use outdated technology? Introducing Gmail Motion — now you can control Gmail with your body.

Update: Opera has responded to Google’s joke in its typical humorous style.

“For us, Google’s latest innovation was just an April Fools joke a few years back, so we are really impressed with them actually taking this to the market. We called our invention “Face Gestures”, but “Motion” is probably a better name for a product that is not only a joke”, says Jan Standal, the boss of Desktop Products here at Opera.
When Aleksander, our Face Gestures model, was asked about his opinion on Google Motion turning the kinesthetic technology into reality, his eyes welled with tears of joy and said: “I knew this day would come.”

7. Google (Search) – Comic Sans is Not Funny.

Comic Sans is the font that everyone loves to hate. So, not only did Google create a special treat for anyone who searches for Comic Sans (or Helvetica), but it also created a Chrome extension to change every website’s font to Comic Sans!

6. YouTube – Back to 1911.
YouTube once again took great pains to get ready for today. This time around it changed all videos without advertisement to a 1911 version complete with piano soundtracks, title cards (comments), and sepia effect. TechCrunch has more on this.

5. AdBlock – Shiny New Glasses!

AdBlock announced the beta testing program for AdBlock Freedom, a pair of glasses that can be used to block ads in real life. It is an augmented reality app that can smudge ads present in billboards, magazines, posters and so on.

4. Xkcd – Now in 3D!

Xkcd had its task cut out this year. No matter how hard it tried, it would have been pretty impossible to top it’s the command line interface (terminal) prank it did last year. However, it still managed to a pretty good job with its 3D comics.

3. Google – Want to Work for Google?

Everyone wants to work for Google. And now you probably can. Google is looking to hire Autocompleters who can key in full search queries, before the actual user does.

2. Blizzard – Missing Clippy? Meet Crabby.

Almost half a decade has passed since the demise of Clippy, the no-so-popular Microsoft Office assistant. If you have been missing Clippy, fear not. Blizzard is introducing Crabby, the dungeon helper.Crabby will watch over you, and guide you in your conquests.

1. LinkedIn – Do you know the Hatter?

This is one of my favourite pranks as it’s not exactly in your face, but clever and funny. If you visit LinkedIn today, you will find the likes of Robin Hood, Sherlock Holmes, Albert Einstein, and the Hatter gracing the list of people you may know. Even better, every one of them have fairly in-depth profiles.

With everyone trying their best to be funny, I am sure I have missed quite a few good pranks. Don’t forget to let us know your personal favourites. And if you are in the mood for more, check out our compilation of best April Fool’s Day jokes from 2010 and 2009.

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22 Responses to Top Eight April Fools’ Day Jokes of 2011

  1. sell textbooks April 2, 2011 at 2:53 am #

    I would have to agree the inked in April Fools is by far the best

    • sell textbooks April 2, 2011 at 2:54 am #

      The google one was kinda lame this year I expected more.

  2. used tires April 3, 2011 at 3:29 am #

    My favorite is the youtube 1911, I loved that feature! Would of been awesome if I could save some of the videos that I turned into 1911 mode.


    • sell textbooks April 4, 2011 at 7:35 pm #

      I would have like to see all the movies that way as well, i guess it would have taken a pretty big filter though

  3. Beaverton churches April 3, 2011 at 10:32 pm #

    Really funny video,I enjoyed all above mentioned.April fool is a day when we can make a fool of anybody with false statements.

  4. youtubevideo April 6, 2011 at 4:04 pm #

    In honor of April Fools’ Day, YouTube has taken vacation down memory lane having an older school twist onmodernvideos. Perhaps now you have an try to loop older generations into your viral video world – it never has been too friendly to generations past. If only you can teach your grandmother working YouTube.

  5. ottawa web design April 11, 2011 at 4:11 pm #

    Nice jokes, i love the jokes.

  6. sell textbooks April 11, 2011 at 6:12 pm #

    these were cool, but I htought there would be more

  7. Caroline April 24, 2011 at 2:33 am #

    I’ll keep these in mind for next year, thanks.

  8. PS3 May 15, 2011 at 2:57 am #

    Looks like Google are good at doing practical jokes and actually have a sense of humor! This year wasn’t too great!

  9. pranav June 5, 2011 at 7:00 pm #

    Very nice and interesting read.
    Enjoyed a lot.

  10. android app development June 8, 2011 at 12:21 pm #

    I love the jokes and april fool day is my favorite day because at this day me and my friends make so much fun.

  11. Web Design LA June 17, 2011 at 11:48 am #

    YouTube – Back to 1911. this one is just awesome :)

  12. TotalVac July 3, 2011 at 6:46 am #

    What ever happened to real April Fool’s jokes. Our family does them every year. Hot sauce on the toothbrush, clear food wrap over the toilet, cups of water on top of doors. Now that stuff is funny.

  13. purchase settlements August 4, 2011 at 2:39 am #

    these were great I love april fools

  14. purchase settlements September 14, 2011 at 9:56 pm #

    I love the JibJab end of the year reviews. they are really funny.

  15. Web Design Resource September 21, 2011 at 5:22 pm #

    I am a victim of Google motion joke :)

  16. Alan Smith March 12, 2012 at 10:13 am #

    YouTube video of Back to 1911 is really very funny because after seeing it I can’t able to stop my laugh.

  17. purchase settlements March 13, 2012 at 1:54 am #

    These are great cant wait to see this years.

  18. facebook for a business March 21, 2012 at 5:03 pm #

    I admit it, I was also a part of these jokes :)

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