It's that time of year again where the Internet giants pull some of the best jokes out there. This year was no different from past years, with Google leading the way with "product announcements" and "feature enhancements." Here is a list of some of the best pranks of the year.
Virgin Corporation announced that Richard Branson has purchased Pluto. Yes, that's right, the former planet has an owner who plans to return it to planetary status.
Sir Richard Branson is setting his sights on the final frontier in his latest business venture announced today. In a universal first Sir Richard has revealed that he has bought the former planet of Pluto for an undisclosed sum.
ThinkGeek announced a partnership between Playmobil and Apple to produce an Apple Store Playset, complete with pretentiousness and shininess. According to the site, the product features include:
- Amazing PLAYMOBIL™ set introduces children to the magic of Apple technology
- Ground floor of Apple store features product demo tables, software shelves and kids corner
- Top floor includes Genius Bar and Keynote Theater with mini Steve Jobs figure
- Purchase the optional Line Pack and stage your own Apple Device launch party!
The only way to really appreciate this and the other pranks is to hit the break and watch some videos.
Harry Potter TV Series
IGN and FX announced a new series based upon the Harry Potter books, set in modern day. It appears to be a law enforcement show and since it's on FX, that is all but guaranteed. Check out the trailer below.
YouTube, as part of its 100th Anniversary celebration, added two great features to its site. First, was a recap of some of the best viral videos of 1911. Included in the list were Flugelhorn Feline, Buggy Intruder and The Irksome Citrus.
Also, to show of what videos would have looked like in 1911, you could hit the "1911" button on video players to turn the video into sepia, remove the original audio and replace it with turn of the century silent film-style music. Great stuff. Check out the viral videos below.
A new feature was added to Gmail and Google Docs called Motion. It allows for interacting with these Google products without the need for a keyboard. All you need is a webcam and to know the commands. Keep yourself in shape while composing an email or spreadsheet. It uses your physical movements and body tracking technology to interpret your intentions. Go ahead and read the list of commands and check out this video about the new feature.
It turns out, the joke is on Google with this one. Thanks to Kinect, some guys with too much time on their hands made this reality.
Angry Birds Pork Rinds
Last, but certainly not least, is a commercial for Angry Birds branded pork rinds from ThinkGeek. If you are like me and cannot get enough of those squealing little critters, here is your opportunity to defeat the enemy in an entirely new way - by eating them!
What were you favorite pranks this year? Did we miss any? Let us know below!