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The best April Fools jokes of 2013

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Companies like YouTube, Google and Windows are well-known for their annual pranks on April 1st. This year is no different.

We’ve compiled our favorite April Fools jokes below:

GMail Blue

Google continues it’s tradition of “fooling” with its unveiling of GMail Blue:

“How do we completely redesign and recreate something while keeping it exactly the same? The answer is Gmail Blue.” You guessed it, this is GMail only bluer. Not orange, not brown – “brown was a disaster” – it’s all blue, blue, blue.

Vertical bath

Bathstore, a UK retailer, introduces the world’s first vertical bath.

“We all like a good soak, but with modern living spaces getting smaller and smaller we wanted to find a way to still ensure you could fit a bath in even the tiniest bathroom,” said chief Bathstore developer Dr Nisan Aptal. “Once we had the basic design down we tested a series of prototypes and eventually struck on the idea of including air-holes at head-height. We still don’t recommend adding bubbles; it can get very foamy in there.”

Redbox now selling lunch meat at movie kiosks

“We’re proud to offer a variety of DVD-shaped cold cuts, including bologna, turkey and liverwurst. Select Redbox locations also carry bagels and cheese slices for an unforgettable build-your-own sandwich experience.”


Google Maps Treasure Maps

Google introduces its addition of Treasure Maps, a new mode on Google Maps that appeared for the day.

YouTube closing?

After midnight, YouTube will no longer “accept entries” for its 8-year-long contest. It has been revealed the website has been a contest and a winner will soon be selected.

Play-Doh 3D Printer

While 3D is expensive, Play-Doh has introduced its new 3D printer, according to ThinkGeek. The printer” is iPad compatible and lets you print out designs straight from your screen.


IKEA Lawn Mower

“Helping people to make more of their gardens this summer, the new innovative GRÄSSAX lawnmower offers green-fingered gardeners a compact, lightweight and foldable alternative to the standard, more heavyweight lawnmowers that are currently available on the market,” reads Ikea’s blurb on its flat-pack lawnmower.

Virgin Atlantic’s glass-bottomed plane

“Today we’ve announced that our world-class engineering crew have been secretly working on the design and production of the world’s first-ever glass-bottomed plane, created to ensure passengers can enjoy both an unparalleled flying experience, as well as a selection of stunning landscapes from the comfort of their seats,” said the flight operator on its blog.


Sony introduces world’s smallest Ultrabook

Sony introduces the Sony Vaio Q, the world’s smallest Ultrabook. The Q is about the size of a quarter, as shown on the official Sony Store page – and comes complete with a 3D-capable 19mm x 32mm LED backlit display.