Happy April Fool’s Day: Recap Of The Web’s Best Jokes & Pranks

If you open up most calendars, you’re not likely to find April 1st listed as an official holiday, but that doesn’t stop most of the western world from celebrating it in one way or another. Though the true origins of the day remain unclear, what IS clear is that cultures throughout history have again and again marked days for hilarity and celebration. Ours is no different!

Though traditionally confined to school classrooms and workplaces, over the past few years Internet culture has taken quite the liking to April Fool’s Day pranks. Often featuring bogus products or outrageous claims, companies and services on the Internet have taken to April Fool’s Day almost as much as they have to Super Bowl commercials.

While you were out pulling pranks with your friends, here are some April Fool’s Day videos you may have missed:

Conan O’Brien Buys Mashable
One of my favorite news sites for startups and social media, Mashable, has been reportedly taken over by Conan O’Brien. Watch the video for his explanations as to why, and be sure to visit Mashable.com soon to check out their “new look.”

Car “Mood Paint” Color
French car company Peugeot shows off their new “Mood Paint” on their latest RCZ. The paint changes with the mood of the driver!

TERII Car Anti-theft
Honda is demonstrating their latest talking gadgetry with this  vehicle theft-deterrent system, featuring “biometric recognition and negotiating tactics to protect against vehicle theft.”

Google Maps 8-bit for NES
Google may take cake this year creating more than seven April 1st product announcements, but this one is easily my favorite. Watch the video, then visit maps.google.com to try it for yourself!

Other 2012 Pranks:
YouTube DVD Collection
Kodak Print Your Own Kittens
Assassin’s Creed for Kinect
Skype For String

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Millennial News Feed

Quote of the Day: “My aspiration is to retire early and travel!” –Male, 27, CA

They’re putting off marriage and they’re moving back in with mom and dad—and we’re not just talking about Millennials. While younger consumers are becoming “boomerang kids” at higher rates, more Gen Xers and adults at all age levels are living at home than they did 30 years ago. The share of adults who have never been married, while highest for Millennials, has also “swelled” for almost all age groups. (CityLab)

Burger King’s Peace Day partnership offer to McDonald’s was brusquely dismissed, but plenty of other burger chains are willing to play. The pop-up Peace Day shop to raise money for UNICEF will now be created with smaller brands like Denny’s, Wayback Burgers, Krystal, and Giraffas, all of whom reached out to Burger King on social media to announce their eagerness to collaborate. We think young consumers like when brandsPlay Nice with one another, so despite criticism, the campaign is hardly a failure. (AdAge)

Would you ever book a flight if you didn’t know the destination? While your answer might be a strong “NO,” several airlines are using “blind bookings” to “generate some excitement and capitalize on the spontaneity and sense of adventure among younger travelers.” The surprise destination tickets are cheaper, and some brands allow participating customers to pick their dates and interests (partying, culture, shopping, cities, etc.) before choosing their endpoint for them. (WSJ)

The 2015 SAT must have been a doozy of a test. Scores were down seven points from the previous year, their lowest since 2005 when the test was last reworked. The number of students who are considered “prepared” for college is down 16% among black students and 23% among Hispanic students. One factor in the drops is the fact that more students are taking the test than ever before, but high school math and reading skills may be an issue. (The Daily Beast)

While more brands amp up their digital efforts, experiential marketing may be more important than ever to appeal to young consumers, who are looking for unique activities they can talk about on social. Adult Swim’s pop-up drive-in theatre is certainly giving them a sharable moment. The brand is touring the country to give fans 18 and older outdoor screenings of unaired episodes, along with free food truck treats, trivia, and prizes. (Adweek)

Quote of the Day: “A major life milestone that happened this year was that I met my idol, Taylor Swift.” –Female, 22, CA

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