The Best Internet Pranks Of April Fools 2017

John Leuven

April Fools' Day came and went, and it's that one time of the year when people around the world gain some unspoken license to pull pranks on their friends.

This is especially a good way for web developers and website administrators to present something a little out-of-the-box and entertain their audiences — two birds in one stone! Sites like Google and Reddit have made it a tradition to present some April Fools pranks for their users, but it seems like every website is in on the action. Let's take a look at some of the best of them!

They put up something called "Place" this year, which is basically a large blank canvas where each user can place a pixel of color every five minutes. It's a social experiment in a similar vein as The Button, what with hierarchies popping up and teams and connections made mainly because of the colors each user favors. However, Reddit being Reddit, it's not really unusual to see genitals drawn all over "The Place."

They've also made Google Maps into a fully functioning game of PacMan back in 2015, in what was later dubbed as "Pac-Maps." This year, they released the "sequel" for it as Google Maps became a haven for digital ghosts again, this time inspired by the video game Ms. Pacman.

Needless to say, these pranks are just a way of developers to have fun for April Fools' Day. Once again, these examples prove that comedy indeed demands creativity — with the most creative presentations being the most rewarding.

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