April 1st is arguably the worst day of the year with April Fools being a somewhat acceptable reason to play, ideally, good-natured, fund, and perky pranks on family and friends. However, there just some who likes it a little bit further and may extend as irresponsible and insensitive.
But, whether you like it or not, you’ll have to endure April Fools until it passes. That is, of course, if you don’t work for Microsoft. According to a report, Microsoft’s Chief Marketing Officer Chris Capossela sent a memo asking teams “not do any public-facing April Fools’ Day stunts.” He notes that “these stunts have limited positive impact and can actually result in unwanted news cycles.”
In a hyper-involved society that social media created,
“I appreciate that people may have devoted time and resources to these activities, but I believe we have more to lose than gain by attempting to be funny on this one day,” says Capossela.
Caposella’s full memo here:Hey everyone,
It’s that time of year when tech companies try to show their creativity with April Fools’ Day stunts. Sometimes the outcomes are amusing and sometimes they’re not. Either way, data tells us these stunts have limited positive impact and can actually result in unwanted news cycles.
Considering the headwinds the tech industry is facing today, I’m asking all teams at Microsoft to not do any public-facing April Fools’ Day stunts. I appreciate that people may have devoted time and resources to these activities, but I believe we have more to lose than gain by attempting to be funny on this one day.
Please forward to your teams and internal partners to ensure people are aware of the ask to stand down on external April Fools’ Day activities.
Other people are also chiming in the 500-year old tradition isn’t an excuse to prank family and friends about breakups, pregnancies, miscarriages, coming out, or sexual assault. “There are many ways you can celebrate April Fools’ without hurting someone mentally or emotionally. It isn’t hard to be kind to others.”
Given all that, you still can’t deny that April Fools jokes, that don’t happen to hurt others, are just too funny to pass. It’s been in our culture for 500 years for a reason!
And, some of the funniest we found on the internet are conveniently documented on Twitter!
If you checked TMobile’s website, they had a one-day-only offering of their latest product, the TMobile Phone
TMobile CEO made the announcement on Twitter saying, “Customer pain points come in all shapes and sizes!! For instance, trying to talk to someone on the phone when there’s non-stop noise all around you! Well turn that frown upside down and say hello to the NEW @TMobile Phone BoothE”
It’s obviously a hilarious joke about bringing back the phone booths to defeat the purpose the convenience of bringing your compact phone to make calls. At one point the video says, “You know it’s real because we placed an E at the end!” Absolutely hilarious!
Liberty Games don’t only have one but three pranks in store this April 1st!
On their website, you can purchase a Star Trek Tri-Dimensional Pool Table, Office Simulator Deluxe Arcade Machine and Trump v Kim Nuclear Foosball Table each accompanied with a appropriate theme and concept that will have you laughing just by the thought of playing it.
The “Star Trek” pool table includes a “low friction polarized plasma atomic cloth” and “photon-honed Gemulon V slate bed.”
Features of the office simulator include special missions like feeding the fish, clearing printer jams and PowerPoint presentations.
The foosball table includes latex masks of President Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un and can have pitch mines and a thermonuclear foosball as optional additions.
Michael Clark on Twitter
This Twitter user has a clever way of incorporating public restroom’s toilet paper dispensers into his April Fools prank and it only involves a sticker paper.
He printed the words “Voice Activated! Just say, “Paper towel, please.” and sticked it into the dispenser.
He said the third step is to wait and we can only imagine him laughing when people actually start screaming at the dispenser and waiting for nothing.