Sunday, April 1, 2018

April Fools

Every year I find some of the most enjoyable posts on April Fools Day.  The best ones are the ones you have to do a double take on... a "wait, what?" moment where you're almost hooked.  Then there are the ones that are outrageous from the get go, but the article written has so many hidden little gems that you can't help but laugh out loud.

This year April Fools Day falls on (Western) Easter (Easter in the Eastern Orthodox churches is next week), and as an atheist, I'll have to bite my tongue about resurrection jokes (Stephen Colbert went there during one of his "First Drafts" Segments) and this year, once again, I'll skip my tired, old, conversion April Fools posts.

Instead, I'd like to focus on the fun and amazing posts I'm seeing around the web today, so this post will evolve during the day, as I find and add more and more articles from around the web.




Jelly Vue Glasses from Monterey Bay Aquarium.

"Seamlessly integrated with their popular Jelly Cam livestream, JellyVue™ glasses promise to help alleviate stressful real-world situations with the soothing pulses of the Aquarium’s sea nettles."

“First of all, JellyVue™ is not AR, or VR. It’s a proprietary tech we call CnidoSight™, which is basically a 100% opaque projection of the Jelly Cam directly into your field of vision. Operating heavy machinery with JellyVue™ is definitely not recommended.”



Gulls Aim for Humans When They Poop,  Hakai Magazine

A new study published this week in the journal Fecal News suggests Brown is right. The researchers found that eight times out of 10, glaucous-winged gulls (Larus glaucescens) specifically aim for human heads when they defecate above land. The other 20 percent of the time, they simply can’t hold it long enough to find an unsuspecting human, possibly because they’ve indulged in too many French fries, the authors posit in the paper.

*DO click the link for Fecal News






This next one took me by surprise yesterday, when I googled directions from my phone and Waldo peeked out from the edge of the ap. Because I was in Petaluma, and because I knew that we have a "Where's Waldo" as part of the up and coming Butter and Egg Day events (there are Where's Waldo signs in many storefronts, labeling places kids can come and search for Waldo to win a prize), I assumed this was a local phenomena. It is not. 

Google maps now includes a game of "Where's Waldo".  If you click on Waldo when you open Google Maps (he'll lean out of the upper right side of your screen) you'll be taken to an option to play a game of Where's Waldo.

This does NOT interfere with the functionality of Google maps, but does take you away from your map to play the game.



"...Following these new insights about the health and happiness of canines, eharmony will be offering new features to make meeting suitable mates easier and less stressful. Based on the algorithms eharmony uses to create highly compatible relationships for humans, the new “Furever Love” Canine Compatibility Companion Service helps users create robust profiles for their pups based on key dimensions of personality that predict the most compatible, highly successful, long-term relationships."

"...
eharmony will be expanding the new offering in coming months to other animals, such as cats, rabbits, horses, sea lions, and dolphins."



Planet Fitness, Terrain Tread treadmill (YouTube)





Think Geek is getting into the fun with a number of fake products.  Here are a few of my favorites:




an interesting footnote here, one of last year's April Fools jokes was so popular, they made it into an actual item:


I doubt very much that they'll be able to do that with this year's bluetooth enabled pet rock.







I could go on and on, but there are several other lists of April Fools jokes on the web, including this one at the Washington Post (no kidding!)

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