April Fool's day pranks abound
From Google to the White House, April Fool's Day pranks were out in full force Monday.
The White House, busy with its annual Easter Egg Roll, also managed to pull off an April Fools' prank.
The White House Twitter account announced earlier Monday to be on the lookout for a "special video message from the president."
Instead, viewers got a surprise visitor to the press briefing room.
The piece began with a shot of the familiar lectern regularly used by press secretary Jay Carney. It was empty as the presidential entrance march played. Then a small head peeked over the edge of the stand.
"It looks like you were expecting somebody else."
Indeed. It was Robby Novak, who plays "Kid President" in a series of popular YouTube videos. "April Fools' on all of you all," he said.
Google pretended to launch a beta version of a new product called Google Nose, which appeard to be an app that caused specific odors to emanate from the user's cell phone, including wet dog, horse manure, car exhaust and spring morning.
Twitter announced in its blog a new, two-tier service which involved charging users a $5 monthly premium for using vowels.
Kayak.com launched a section called "dates" that allows users to look for romance based on their location.
Gmail announced Gmail Blue, an email service where everything is...blue.
Sony introduced the world's tiniest Ultrabook, which is the same size as a quarter.
How about some pizza-flavored Tic Tacs?
Also, Vimeo announced it was changing its name to Vimeow and accepting only cat videos from now on.
And did you hear the good news? The Institute for Applied Ecology will be releasing unicorns into the wild.