Every year, tech companies use April 1st as a means to prove that they have a sense of humor. Sometimes their jokes are good for a chuckle, other times the gags backfire disastrously. For the most part, however, we'd be better off without the bulk of these annual antics.
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Don't believe what you read on the internet, especially today, when web giants like Amazon, Google, and the like showcase their otherworldly products and services. If they seem too good to be true, they probably are—but that doesn't make them any less fun.
This is a prank me and two friends from my high school did this last summer. We went to Walmart to try pranking shoppers. In this video, we were throwing things in walmart. We took super soft stuffed animals (to make sure we didn't hurt anybody) and threw them over the aisle to try putting things in people's carts. If they didn't have a cart we'd try to land it close to them.
You've seen the Samsung Fingers and the Emoji Translator, and I know you spent a good part of the day catching Pokémon, but now that April Fool's Day is officially upon us, the flood of gags has reached a tipping point. Here's the best of what we've seen today.
Not to be outdone by Google's worldwide Pokémon hunt, Samsung has today announced Samsung Fingers, it's latest foray into wearable tech. Being touted as the "first all-over-hand wearable device featuring a flexible Super Emo-LED" for the tech-sensitive consumer, the Fingers will come with a 16 megapixel camera, as well as 5G (finally!) and Wifi 902.11wx connectivity.
Latest sneeze prank video, from professional pranksters over at DM Pranks Productions. This is a followup from the epic "sneeze prank gone wrong" I posted last week. Check this out, simply amazing!
The idea behind this sneeze prank was brilliant, the only problem is this guys got busted BIG TIME... and this hot blooded Italian guy got back at them, with a vengeance. this is possibly the funniest epic fail seen in a reaaaaaally long time!
Check out one of the greatest pranks ever, by professional pranksters.
Even though it seems like forever, the phenomenon of "rickrolling" has only been around since 2007. It was started as an inside joke by a 19-year-old who just wanted to troll his buddies, but ended up becoming one of the Internet's most popular memes with over 66 million views (as of this writing).
Frosted glass windows are meant for privacy, plain and simple. Sometimes you see it used for aesthetic effect, but primarily it's used to let a little light in while keeping wandering eyes out—unless those wandering eyes have some Scotch tape in their pocket.
No, this isn't a real episode of X-Files, but it certainly could be.
Meet Newstweek, a hidden device engineered to hack news items being read at public WiFi hotspots (cafes, libraries, airports, etc.). Both nefarious and tech-saavy, the ingenious mechanism wasn't fathered by a group of web hackers, but rather a pair of Berlin artists, Julian Oliver and Danja Vasiliev. The duo are interested in exploiting the "trustworthiness" of big media outlets in order to demonstrate the vulnerability of relying on just a few dominant networks.
...this anonymous dude for keeping it ingeniously simple. Who is he? No idea, but John Doe is now web famous. No need to spend all that time modifying pens and Coke labels. A coat sleeve will do just fine.
After an assumedly nasty break up, Jack Weppler's ex-girlfriend decided to smite him in the most public way possible. The wronged girl uploaded a pile of defamatory images to a picture-hosting website with Weppler's name as the filename, and Google image search did its magic. Labeling this a computer prank may be a stretch—it's probably something more along the lines of psycho-angry-ex-girlfriend-goes-completely-and-utterly-nuts—but it's whip clever, it's DIY, and pretty hilarious.
If you've ever had to call a large communications company with a customer service issue, you've most likely experienced the hopelessly not-at-all helpful operator from hell. Thanks to a program on VRT Belgium, you can now experience a small sense of vengeance for tortured customers everywhere.
From Boing Boing, a highly amusing photo gallery of illegal goods seized by airport customs officials in Australia. Some are fairly typical, but others really make you wonder... Yes, I'm most definitely talking about the tropical fish skirt lady.
Improv Everywhere's 10th annual no-pants subway ride gave 10,000 New Yorkers an excuse to ride the tubes in their skivvies this month. Good, but not as good as last year's April Fools faux-genital baring ride. Scroll below the video of the NYC ride to see other participating cities around the world.
Clancy Martin is a tenured philosophy professor at the University of Missouri at Kansas City, but in his pre-academia days he sold luxury jewelry. And he was quite good at it. The key to his success? Lying. Below, a quick lesson in the art of deception excerpted from a fascinating piece on Martin.
Some prankster... ahem, erected... a giant penis crop circle at the Eiffel Tower, in Paris, this past Friday. My first thought? Photoshop. BUT, according to French journalist Aude Baron the... ahem, erection... is real:
Oh my God. So awesome. 0:41. How they did it:
Reddit user smellslikeurine is seeking advice for a "friend of a friend" who recently pulled a clever prank on an evil bully, and may now be legally liable:
Meet Matt Weathers, Biola University math professor and probable blood relative of Mary Poppins. Because, really, who but a Poppins could pull off a prank of this sort? Think Who Framed Roger Rabbit for the PowerPoint set. Or, better yet, see for yourself in the video gallery below:
Arbroath's mysteriously procurred image shows a teacher's ingenious, simply assembled solution for preventing potential cheaters. We've got lots of methods for cheating on tests here at WonderHowTo, but what does one do when (literally) saddled with this kind of challenge?
White criminal Conrad Zdzierak has committed the ultimate crime of racial stereotyping, plus multiple counts of aggravated robbery after robbing four banks and a CVS pharmacy. The robberies took place on April 9th of this year, but Zdzierak wasn't caught until now, thanks to an incredibly realistic, $650 silicon mask named “The Player”.
Congrats to WonderHowTo Jackass 3D prank contest winner Grayson Robison! His winning idea: Connect Knoxville to a real life Operation game with shocking devices. Every time a player screws up and the buzzer goes off, the "patient" gets a burning shock to the correlating body part.
Look what came in the mail today! The File Cabinet from hell. Die hard Jackass fan and file cabinet mod-junkie Jeff Dahlin tracked us down to drop off this gem at WonderHowTo HQ today. It is his official entry for the Jackass Prank Contest.
Henry Goodelman we commend you, sir. You have stunned and baffled us ... more than any of the other 1000+ submitters to the Jackass 3D Prank Contest.
The clock is tickin'... Time to get those Jackass 3D Prank Contest entries in. And to remind you of what's at stake, here's an exclusive sneak preview from the upcoming Jackass 3D, straight from the source. Previously, Pssst. Win a Jackass Prank Day With Knoxville and Crew, Courtesy of WonderHowTo.
Has the new season of Jersey Shore brought out your inner hooligan? Or better yet... does the anticipation of the new Jackass 3D movie have you itching to debase and humiliate your best pals? Fortunately, it's just about time to head back to school. And if you have a roommate, well....we pity him/her.
We've gathered some of our favorite pranks with the seasonally appropriate for all you college kids out there. You're more than likely cohabitating with a complete stranger, and what better way to make a good first impression and develop a strong personal relationship than subject them to a hilarious prank?
Every day of the week, WonderHowTo curators are hard at work, scouring the web for the greatest and most inspiring how-to videos. Every Friday, we'll highlight our favorite finds.
Nine-year-old Azura of Middle Road, Worcester (England) inadvertently pranked her whole neighborhood (and whoever else happened to be browsing the area on Google Street View) when she dropped "dead" to the pavement.
Parking spaces are scarce in most urban locations. But can a DIY sensibility change the rules. Other drivers might fall for it? On the other hand, it is hard to imagine that a local cop could be duped by this makeshift parking spot. Gotta be fake. What's your opinion?
Pranking is good. Pranking in New York City is even better. These jesters with too much time on their hands decided to force segregation on the mean streets of Manhattan. You may recall "Frozen in Grand Central" and "No Pants", two events which helped create a name for these out of work thespians. The genesis for Improv Everywhere happened nine years ago when one of the founders decided to tell the ladies in the bar that he was musician Ben Folds during one late night of drinking. Ummm. It wo...
Quasi-hack, all-and-out prank, it's amazing what you can do with an airbag... Previously, What Every Man Wants in Bed.
A radical art group of Russian political pranksters, who go by the name of Voina, have delivered a giant "Up Yours!" to the Russian government... in the form of a 213-foot-tall penis.
Oh, where would young hooligans be without the internet classic, the Coke Cheat HowTo? Ingenious and incredibly time consuming (why not just use the time to study?!) instructional via Eat Liver.
This past April Fool's Day, practical jokesters Improv Everywhere sent over 1,000 people to ride the subway without any underwear or pants in New York City. The joke? All participants wore skin colored underwear that was blurred in a way to suggest real nudity. Scroll down for images (not to worry, they have been blurred to keep it safe for work).
Lifehacker posts an article on the art of cracking weak passwords, courtesy of Internet standards expert, CEO of web company iFusion Labs, and blogger John Pozadzides. Pozadzides certainly knows a thing or two about password logic. (Note: this information is not intended to hack into accounts, but rather to protect you from using weak passwords).