Happy April Fool's Day! I'm not sure if that's a thing people say, but whatever.
I will admit I'm not a huge fan of April Fool's Day — if only because I, myself, hate being pranked. But I do love seeing other people get pranked (at least I admit it, guys) so I've been intrigued by the plethora of April Fool's Day jokes happening across the internet.
Some were so good you wished they were real, while others were so bad you're sorry you heard about them (Vegemite energy drinks, anyone). In case you missed them...
2014 April Fool's Internet Pranks
Hope you made it through April Fool's Day relatively unscathed!
Jimmy Kimmel recently decided to send a reporter to SXSW and ask people what they thought of bands that would be there. Seemingly harmless, right? Unfortunately, the reporter only asked people what they thought about fake bands, using the most ridiculous names possible, and people still had a lot to say about the bands they'd never heard of.
To be fair, that probably has more to do with the fear of being invited for an interview only to admit, "I have no idea what you're talking about" and less to do with the strange band names — because as it is, a lot of the bands we listen to have ridiculous names. Consider: Death Cab for Cutie; Arctic Monkeys; Limp Bizkit; Flaming Lips; Neutral Milk Hotel... the list could go on.
I'm a weird-band-name fan myself — which is why Andy Dwyer's band list (from "Parks and Recreation") is one of my favorite things. So here are 26 very real and very weird band names, from A to Z.
Please note: Although the video contains ONLY Emojis, this is possibly not safe for work... which is why we posted it on the weekend.
A new version of Beyonce and Jay Z's music video, "Drunk In Love," is perfect for those of us who tend to over-use Emojis when we're texting our friends. A man named Jesse Hill created this video, which uses Emojis to visually explain the song lyrics. It's so creative and fun that Beyonce actually posted the video on her Facebook page and said, "Love this!!"
What do you think?
New Orleans Pelicans — didn't we just go through this creepy mascot thing, like, two weeks ago with Pierre the Pelican? If you're not familiar with the story of Pierre, click here to the full rundown. Basically, the New Orleans Pelicans unveiled a new team mascot back in October, but it was so terrifying that just a few short months later, it needed a facelift.
And, apparently, the team has learned absolutely nothing from that fiasco. They unveiled King Cake Baby as the face of Mardi Gras (which starts March 3) — a giant step backwards in the realm of "not creepy mascots."
The idea behind King Cake Baby is fine, since King Cake is a type of cake associated with Mardi Gras. The baker of the King Cake hides a plastic baby inside of the food and whoever finds it in their slice "either receives good luck, gets pregnant or has to bake next year's cake," according to SportingNews.com. But its relevance to Mardi Gras does little to quell the fact that King Cake Baby is horrifying.
Part of me believes the New Orleans Pelicans knew exactly what they were doing when they gave the world King Cake Baby, and the other part of me just wants to forget I've ever seen the mascot nightmares are made of.
What do you think of King Cake Baby?
You may a few months back when a video of a twerking girl who caught on fire made the rounds on the internet. Then we learned that Jimmy Kimmel was actually the mastermind behind the video. It was an interesting experiment in how things go viral. Kimmel and his team simply recorded the video and uploaded it to YouTube and let the internet run wild.
Within a week, the video had amassed more than 9 million views and was featured on news programs across the U.S. including "The View" and "The Today Show." Now, the original sits at 15 million views, with their confession that it was all a joke racking up 18 million views.
Kimmel managed to create another viral video this week — this time, in relation to the Sochi Olympics. Those who have been following the Olympics know that there have been plenty of documented "fails" related to the Olympics. Namely, journalists have complained about the accommodations available in Sochi, even inspiring a twitter account called @SochiFails documenting every way these winter Olympics allegedly "fail."
The latest #SochiFail came from a tweet by luger Kate Hansen.