April Fools’ Day 2012 Round-up!

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Happy April Fools’ Day from The Art of the Prank!!

Here’s a list of goings on around the world. We’ve been adding to this post throughout the day:

MODERATOR’S NOTE: This blog post could go on and on. There’s oh so much more out there. Enough, you say! Well, we agree.

And, since the New York Annual April Fools’ Day Parade went off without a hitch and the revelers have just reached Washington Square Park, the after parade festivities are about to begin. So, get out, get some fresh air, and join in the fun!

Tom Tom announces a new navigation voice guaranteed to keep babies happy in the car:

On the 1st April 2012, we will announce the results of months of meticulous research in our NavLab. Our experts have found a solution to stop babies crying in the backseat. For a safe and stress-free journey, let Darth Vader entertain your baby in the backseat. A TomTom navigation voice, guaranteed to make your baby happy!

TomTom makes babies laugh

Sir Richard Branson to launch “Journeys to the Centre of the Earth” through Virgin Volcanic

Only 500 people have been to space, only three people have been to the bottom of the ocean, but no one has ever attempted to journey to the core of an active volcano. Until now. Using patented carbon-carbon materials pioneered for deep space exploration, Virgin is proud to announce a revolutionary new vehicle, VVS1, which will be capable of plunging three people into the molten lava core of an active volcano. In its first three years of operation, VVS1 will target the five most active volcanoes in the world: Etna, Stromboli, Yasur, Ambrym and Tinakula.

Read more at http://www.virginvolcanic.com/

Google rings in April Fools’ Day with over a dozen April Fools pranks in addition to those already mentioned, including:

The Google Fiber (bar)


Google Street Roo – exploring the outback one bounce at a time: Over the next four weeks, more than a thousand Big Red kangaroos will be equipped with a 360-degree head camera that will automatically capture images when the marsupial is on the move during daylight hours.

Conan O’Brien takes over Mashable.com

Conan O’Brien Buys Mashable, Ousts Pete Cashmore as CEO

Now you can browse the web with two mice at the same time. Try it out at http://google.com/chrome/multitask

So Far The Supposed Anonymous “Operation Blackout” Is Looking Like a Hoax

…If you are still reading this that means the internet is still up, and so far they either have not been successful in their attempt, or as the title says, “it”™s looking like a hoax”

Here’s more on the subject.

Google and Nascar team up and create a self-driven race car.

Google Announces Google Racing

via 3d-Car-Shows

The History of April Fools Day… maybe

Uploaded by jeremiahjw

Google”™s April Fools”™ Day Prank: 8-Bit Google Maps

From Mashable.com: Google couldn”™t wait for April Fools”™ Day to prank the web with its 8-bit version of Google Maps, temporarily replacing its standard version. Shortly after the “upgraded” Google Maps went live, Reddit users posted world landmarks and historic sites that could be viewed on the map: the Parthenon, Area 51, Mount Everest (with a Yeti or hiker, say commenters), and many more “Easter eggs…”

The YouTube Collection: The Magic of YouTube in Your Hands

All of YouTube – Every YouTube video uploaded ever – delivered to your door by a fleet of 175 YouTube trucks.

Written and Directed by: Rhett & Link
Produced by: The Collective

BMW’s Driverless Running Coach

Nick Burcher reports: As an official sponsor of London 2012, BMW has been inspired to develop a new technology helping customers to boost their fitness in the run up to the Games. The new driverless Running Coach feature uses a combination of ConnectedDrive technologies and surround view cameras to enable the car to follow the runner, at a safe distance, while pounding the pavement. To help with motivation, integrated exterior speakers play encouraging words while the Lock Out Logistics feature makes sure that any distance set is completed without cheating.

April Fools Day 2012: 9 Epic Food Pranks from Huffington Post, including Toothpaste Oreos, Irish Potato Gum, Wasabi Guacomole and more. Watch the videos here.