In 1700, English pranksters begin popularizing the annual tradition of April Fools’ Day by playing practical jokes on each other. Although the day, also called All Fools’ Day, has been celebrated for several centuries by different cultures, its exact origins remain a mystery. Some historians speculate that April Fools’ Day dates back to 1582, when France switched from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar. People who were slow to get the news or failed to recognize that the start of the new year had moved to January 1 and continued to celebrate it during the last week of March through April 1 became the butt of jokes and hoaxes.
In modern times, most people don't participate in the annual "holiday", while a few people still go to great lengths to create elaborate April Fools’ Day hoaxes. Newspapers, radio and TV stations and Web sites have participated in the April 1 tradition of reporting outrageous fictional claims that have fooled their audiences.
Take a look at a few of our favorites from this year!
George Takei running for Congress?
Oh myyyy: The former "Star Trek" actor announced he's planning to run in 2018 to challenge Devin Nunes for his Congressional seat. But April 1 is not a believable date to begin #Takei2018, Mr. Sulu.
Much like the emporer's new clothes, TruSkin's invisible glasses -- which claim to change from green to invisible due to heat emitted by your skin -- are just a fun story. Really wanting to get rid of your glasses or contacts? We know a guy!
Amazon expands Alexa to understand commands from pets. Woof.
Nanodrop? That's hot
SodaStream hires Paris Hilton to promote the Nanodrop, a super-hydrating, single drop of water that's the equivalent of an entire glass of regular water.
From Nestle: "You've been asking for it, so we delivered. Coming to stores soon, Coffee flavored Coffee-mate! Taking the creamer game to a whole new level." Fooled? You asked for it.
Honk if you love Honda's 2017 prank: Horn Emojis, with different car horn sounds for each emoji face.
The streaming device will be updated April 1 with a new feature to suggest snacks to go with each movie or TV show you're binge-watching, such as mutton for "Game of Thrones" and garlic fries for "The Vampire Diaries." Yum!
Lexus Lane Valet to get rid of slow left-lane drivers
Hate seeing someone go too slow in the fast lane? Lexus has introduced Lane Valet, a ridiculous April Fools' joke to remove left lane drivers who go too slow.
Alamo's fully autonomous, vacation-planning rental cars
Self-vacationing rental cars? It almost sounds real.
"Where's Barb?" is the perfect gift for fans of "Stranger Things" and "Where's Waldo," and a Hot Pocket-shaped sleeping bag? Genius. They're both fake, but people would probably try and really buy them.