April Fools’ Day 2016: Best and worst jokes

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April Fools' Day 2016: Best and worst jokes


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Whether you love or hate it, here's a catalog of the best, and worst, of the Internet, to help you navigate through April Fools' Day 2016.

But first, as somebody who has assumed the role of victim more than once, a minute's silence to those who fell for a prank.

It "does not conform with our nation's cultural traditions, nor does it conform with the core values of socialism," Xinhua news agency declared on micro-blog platform Weibo.

"The most amusing 'April Fools' news is that Xinhua is seriously saying 'don't believe rumors'," one comment said.

Even The Global Times, a paper close to the ruling Communist Party, seemed to suggest Xinhua needed to loosen up -- It did that on Twitter, which is not available in China.

Google's pranked... itself

The Mountain View giant is usually very good at April Fools' jokes. This year they didn't get it right.

Google's "Gmail Mic Drop" featured a special "send" button, which ended your emails with a gif showing a Minion dressed as a king dropping a microphone.

"Simply reply to any email using the new 'Send + Mic Drop' button," the company said in a blogpost.

"Everyone will get your message, but that's the last you'll ever hear about it. Yes, even if folks try to respond, you won't see it."

The way it was implemented confused many users though. Some used it in error, which caused serious problems.

I can't believe how short-sighted Gmail's "Drop Mic" April 1 joke is. It replaces the "Send+Archive" button, and attaches GIFs to sent mail.

— Andy Baio (@waxpancake) April 1, 2016

After the blacklash, Google turned it off and updated the post with an apology.

Apart from this unfortunate idea, Google played several, and more successful, jokes this year. "Google Cardboard Plastic," for example, allow you to "experience actual reality."

If you are tired of your phone getting smarter and smarter, the Samsung Galaxy LTD is what you need. It is "ergonomically designed to perfectly fit in your hands, both of them," the ad stresses, adding that it has Samsung's "largest ever battery -- making it the perfect makeshift doorstop even when turned off."

Tired of the Tube's overcrowded carriages during rush hours? Boris Johnson, the exuberant mayor of London, has the solution: The new Boris Board.

And if you'd rather stick to your beloved bike, Johnson, a passionate cyclist himself, has another solution. The Independent uncovered his secret plan to "tarmac over UK's canals to create nationwide cycle superhighway if he becomes PM."

The only problem? According to an expert, the scheme is "illegal under EU Regulation 01/04/2016."

With the June's referendum approaching, and the results uncertain, The Guardian's exclusive revelations sent shock waves across the UK.

The burden of the public announcement, the paper said, will be on the almost-95-year-old Prince Philip -- famous for his gaffes -- thanks to his "impeccable European credentials, a strong affinity with the continent and the character to speak out," the paper reported.

Panic spread in the pro-exit campaign when Nigel Farage, a leading figure on the "leave" side, tweeted his Brexit U-turn.

If you have time, take a look at the comments... Some are hilarious.

The cracks in the leave front came just as the rogue European bureaucrats "DEMANDED European Union flag stars be incorporated into Union Jack," the Daily Express reported.

In a bid to "decolonize and demisogynize" UK's higher education, British paper The Times announced, students in the UK have called for Imperial College and King's College universities to be renamed respectively Gaia College and Citizen's College.

Bathstore launched a new app to "drown out unwanted bathroom noises:" The new "Silent Loo app" let you "choose from Tap, Shower, Costa Rican River or Tsunami and protect both modesty and the planet with one simple to use solution."

Hard times lie ahead for enemies of the U.S. The U.S. Army has announced a groundbreaking technology to teleport troops everywhere in the world in a few seconds.

"No one is more impressed by this than I am," said a witness who took part in the experiment. "One moment, I was chatting with the young soldiers, and the next, they all vanished into thin air."

Your toddler keeps falling over? Then you need the revolutionary BMW baby shoes, which offer "total stability in all conditions."

'Men, don't let your flow dictate your fashion...'

With this ironic video, WaterAid reminds us that access to sanitation is not granted to over 1 billion women.