Top ‘April Fools’ pranks of 2013

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Google Nose

It’s the new ‘scent’sation in search. Good one, Google. If you use Google today for any of your searches, you may notice a new tab on their landing page for ‘Nose.’ When you click through, the site promises search results you can smell. There’s also a list of recently ‘sniffed’ searches including a wet dog, horse manure, or a spring morning. No thanks, I’d rather not smell ‘Rahm Emanuel.’

Scope Bacon Mouthwash

Although the company hasn’t said “April Fool’s” yet – this has to be a joke. I mean, right? Scope launched a major campaign last week with promoted tweets, Facebook posts, and this website.

YouTube shutting down

The joke’s on us! This whole time, YouTube was nothing but a contest. In the YouTube Spotlight section today, they announce that they think they’ve received enough videos now to pick a winner and so the site is shutting down. Who is one of the judges? Why, Antoine Dodson, of course. The winner will be announced in 10 years when the site will relaunch featuring only videos by the winner.

American Eagle Skinny Skinny Jeans

Lame one, American Eagle. The clothing company launched their ‘Skinny Skinny’ campaign last week with a YouTube video of models wearing painted-on pants. Calling it the new ‘Skinny Skinny’ jean, their website displayed cans of paint in two different shades of blue for the low, low price of $49.99.

White House video

Even the White House tried to get in on the action. The White House Twitter account sent out this message Monday morning:

Needless to say, the video did not actually show President Obama. Instead the clip featured Robbie Novak, who plays “Kid President” in a series of popular YouTube videos.

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