Life must be getting back to normal, because the brands are doing April Fool’s Day pranks again.
Once every major brand started having a social media presence, the people behind those accounts couldn’t resist pulling pranks on April 1st. When the pranks land, everyone gets a good chuckle (or they get to chuckle at people who don’t get the joke) and the brand gets some attention, maybe even going viral for a bit.
Of course, sometimes the jokes fall flat and everyone cringes. In 2016, Google pulled its ‘Gmail Mic Drop’ stunt, rolling out a special version of the send button that generated a gif of a Minion character dressed as a queen dropping a microphone to the end of email. People who use Gmail for work were not thrilled.
Also who could forget last year, when Volkswagen announced it was renaming itself Voltswagen of America, prompting a phone call from the US Securities and Exchange Commission when the stock price started to fluctuate.
Things have been relatively quiet in terms of pranks for the past two years, as the pandemic put a damper on people’s appetite for this sort of thing. But now the pranks are back out in full force. Here’s some of the most notable.
McDonald’s Gets Sour
Little Tikes Gives Us My First Cubicle™
It’s never too soon to introduce children into the workforce, apparently, as the toy company Little Tikes has introduced My First Cubicle, a play set which comes with a “toy laptop, phone, coffee cup, filing cabinet and functional water cooler.”
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Papa John’s Goes To Pot
Papa John’s (PZZA) – Get Papa John’s International, Inc. Report has teamed with Pot Noodle for a series of toppings that only the most devoted stoner could love, including the Chicken Club “crowned with oodles of Chicken & Mushroom noodles.” But we have to wonder, is this a joke? Why did Papa John’s actually go through with this?
The Most Australian Thing Ever
What’s really funny about a combination of Vegemite and Tim Tim cookies it that it actually exists, in limited quantities.
Hellmen’s Introduces Butterfinger Mayo
Oh, come on. That’s just nasty.
Subway Went Big
Subway Australia is pranking us with a foot-long hot dog. Which, honestly, seems like something that someone out there would enjoy.
U by Kotex Jokes For A Good Reason
While the U by Kotex Chocolate Pads is a joke, Kotex is committed to reducing any stigma around periods.
ME Bank Lets Customers Pay With Their Feet
Who needs a credit card when the VolleyPay lets you literally foot the bill?
Native Is Making Your Arm Pits Go Green
The sustainable self care brand Native has previously teamed with Baked by Melissa for cupcake flavored-scents, and now, inspired by a recent viral Tik-Tok about Green Goddess salad, the companies are introducing a deodorant and a lotion “with fresh notes of cabbage, cucumber and basil.”