April Fools’ Day 2013: A round-up of the best jokes and hoaxes

Just waiting for the Facebook Friends Fence to be reposted. I’m sure that’ll fool quite a few.


It’s April 1, which can only mean one thing… it’s April Fools’ Day. Just kidding! But seriously, it is. So without further ado, here’s our round-up of some of the best pranks we’ve spotted on the web so far this morning, including efforts from YouTube, BBC News, Facebook and the Guardian.

We’ll update this list with any more April Fools’ Day jokes we spot between now and midday. In the meantime, let us know in the comments if any of these hoaxes tricked you (and be sure to check the last one in the list).

BBC News:

Facebook’s fake paywall announcement:

Buzzfeed UK:


All this time, Google’s search engine has been watching you silently, learning. It knows your name, the questions you’ve asked and is uncannily accurate at predicting what you want to know. And now it’s refusing to follow your orders. Although it must be costing unspeakable amounts…

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