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Gotcha! The PSFK April Fool’s Roundup

Gotcha! The PSFK April Fool’s Roundup
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PSFK chooses its favorites (from the many) of April 1st gags.

Dory Carr-Harris, PSFK
  • 1 april 2011

 

On this day, when it’s hard to believe anything you read on the Internet, we’ve chosen a couple of our favorite gags — or what we hope are gags.

Gmail Motion is the latest from the silicon giants — an action-based way to interact with your email. No more antiquated mouse and keyboard, now just mimic the action of opening an envelope and using your webcam and a “motion tracking algorithm,” Gmail will recognize that you want to open a new message. Take a look at the hilarious demo video below.

As well, check out the logical extension of this new platform, Google Docs Motion. Aaaaaaand, if you’d like a quick laugh, google ‘helvetica’ and enjoy the results.

Youtube has debuted the “Top Viral Pictures of 1911” to give us all an idea of what online videos would have looked like a hundred years ago. The video itself is hilarious (see below), andeven features our favorite feline viral meme. Also, be sure to check out the 1911 button located in the bottom right hand corner of all Youtube videos today to instantly make whatever you’re watching 1911 sepia-toned. We wanted to watch Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” with an old-timey feel, but unfortunately VEVO is not equipped with the magic button.

Yet it was the underdog, Hulu, whose prank really touched our hearts. Their current index page is a throwback tribute to what the Hulu of old (read: the mid-nineties) would have looked like. It features shows like NewsRadio and the X-Files, and check out that serif font! Nostalgia abounds.

Maybe because Facebook is the platform used to prank so many people, with password stealing and humiliating wall posts, they didn’t feel the need to create their own.

Happy April 1st!

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