Trying to cover pop culture news on April 1 can be kind of weird, because a lot of entertainment-centric companies spend their time trying to trick people with fake (even if it’s obviously fake) news, while everyone else tends to be wary of their real news being overlooked as an attempted prank.
But I don’t mind the holiday. When done right, a good April Fools’ Day prank can still be really clever and amusing in the Internet age – even if few people fall for it.
In fact, nowadays some companies lean into it with painfully obvious jokes that, nonetheless, are sometimes still pretty clever.
These are some of the best jokes we’ve seen around the web this year. We'll be adding more throughout the day.
Quilted Northern's Rustic Weave
In our brave new world of artisanal everything, is it really hard to imagine that some millennial hipster somewhere is way into the idea of hand-cut, fully organic toilet paper?
PornHub becomes CornHub
It's supposedly safe, but maybe don't try to experience this one first-hand while at work, just in case (I took the image below from Mashable's story on it). The popular porn streaming site PornHub has turned over a new leaf for April Fools Day and has become CornHub. It looks like it has some of the hottest ear-on-cob action this side of Iowa.
Southwest Airline's new game show: Cash Lav
Cash Cab is played out. Being in a car during traffic isn't dangerous enough. You know what is dangerous? Airplane bathrooms.
According to Southwest Airlines, "Here’s how it flows: when the lavatory door is switched to “Occupied”–at random–the party lights come on and it’s time for one lucky contestant to get down to business. Our inflight host then reads each contestant as many trivia questions as possible while the seatbelt sign is turned off. Each question is worth $50. Get a question incorrect, and the contestant’s chances are flushed down the toilet (figuratively, of course), and the contestant’s gotta go."
While watching the YouTube video embedded above, you might have noticed a new button at the bottom that looks suspiciously like the silhouette of everyone's favorite recording artist: Snoop Lion.
Click the button on any YouTube video and you'll be able to watch it in 360 ... with Snoop ... eventually.
The feature is "in beta," so YouTube will have to enable it on a video-to-video basis, apparently. The above Southwest Airlines clip should be viewable in SnoopaVision by August 30, 2079.
Texas' beloved fast food burger joint isn't interested in fooling you, but they do have ideas of how you can lose a few friends.
Wyoming Air Company
Another one from the "people are way too obsessed with fancy versions of normal things" folder, the Wyoming Air Company promises to collect high quality air for your premium breathing experience.
Emporium Pies in Denton
This one, from WeDentonDoIt.com, just seems cruel. It's a fake announcement of an Emporium Pies location in Denton, and it looks real until you get to this:
"For their Denton location, the popular pie shop will be offering a local special: The Mean Green Pie. This savory pie will pay homage to the University of North Texas with a filling that consists of difficult-to-find eagle meat (eagles aren’t endangered anymore, y’all) that has stewed in green food dye along with some cream cheese, pickles, and gummy birds (yeah those are a thing now, too)."
'Stamos: A Human, Being'
Look, we love John Stamos as much as the next Full House fan, but do we really need a documentary all about John Stamos being John Stamos?
...Wait, sorry, I'm being told by some of the women I work with that yes, actually, we do need that. Well, I guess this April Fools joke is just a bummer, then.
The Hambuger Helper mix tape
Our music critic Hunter Hauk pointed me toward this one and said it was better than you would expect it to be: Hamburger Helper has released a rap album.