16 best April Fools’ Day jokes of 2014

VH1 launches Feline Fridays, Netflix releases "Sizzling Bacon," and Kodak has a picture drone

Published April 1, 2014 7:48PM (EDT)

Ah, April Fools’ Day. That dreaded day of the year when you learn just how depressingly unfunny all of your lame co-workers are. You escape to the Internet, only to remember that on April 1, you can’t trust the social media of a faceless corporation or even a news outlet, because they too think they’re comedians. Telling jokes is risky business, but some people are getting it right. Here are 16 of the best pranks out there today:

The Global Edition’s big George R.R. Martin scoop

Global Edition poked some fun at "A Song of Ice and Fire" writer George R.R. Martin, who has not yet finished the book series that HBO's "Game of Thrones" is based off of. The site has learned that “A Song of Ice and Fire” author George R.R. Martin has signed a contract that forbids him from dying before he finishes his book series:

“This is great news for all of us who were afraid that George will die and that we will never find out who’s going to take the Iron Throne in the end. In my opinion, the contract forcing him to stay alive should have been made a long time ago,” said one of the fans.

Book critics agree that the penalties George RR Martin would have to pay if he died before finishing the story are “just too expensive for him to try and break the contract.”

“If he was even thinking of dying before finishing the last two books, I bet that he gave up on that idea now,” says literary critic John Babledrop. “I’ve seen the contract and you wouldn’t want to be in his shoes if he breaks it,” he added.

Sam Adams introduces HeliYUM

This sounds like the best beer ever:

George Takei attempts to become third person of Asian descent to host “SNL”

The "Star Trek" actor and comic takes a jab at the show's lack of diversity. Now all “SNL” has to do is accept the proposal, currently in the Huffington Post:

“No official date has been set for my appearance, but it will mark only the third time someone of Asian descent has been invited to host SNL. Before me, only Jackie Chan and Lucy Liu have appeared. That has left a rather awkward void in representation that I hope to fill.

So I'll be doing this after all. And I'm already working up my monologue. I can't tell you yet what I've got planned, but it will give fans what they have come to expect. And probably raise a lot of eyebrows.”

Bill Clinton spoofs Hillary

Get ready for Texts from Bill:

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Reddit develops Headdit

You can now use your head to navigate Reddit, because using your hands and a keyboard is sooooooooooooo 20th century.

The Paris Review releases a fictitious Fiction Issue

A special edition of the Paris Review has interviews with Thomas Pynchon and Cormac McCarthy, and a cover by Thomas Kinkade, painter of light.

Match.com’s Gwyneth & Chris Tribute Album

Dating site Match.com is celebrating April Fools’ Day with a fictitious Goop-themed vinyl album, “Conscious Uncoupling,” to remember the 10-year relationship between the Coldplay frontman and the actress and blogger.

Gmail offers Shelfie

With Google’s send-up of our vain selfie culture, you can now share your selfies and set them as themes in your Gmail Inbox. From the Gmail blog:

Gmail Shelfie is built on the idea that you shouldn’t be selfish with your selfie. With just a few clicks, your mom, your aunt, or that girl you have a crush on can set your Shelfie as their Gmail theme so they can enjoy checking, reading, and writing emails while seeing your friendly face in the background.

Got an awesome selfie? Upgrade it to a Shelfie! Simply open or refresh Gmail on the desktop and share it with your friends. If you're looking for inspiration, set your theme to Gmail's top trending Shelfies. You can also see who's currently trending on our Google+ page.

VH1 presents Feline Fridays

VH1 has created cat parodies of its programming as part of its new Feline Fridays lineup. Titles include: "Love & Hip Hop: Meow York," "Love & Hip Hop: Catlanta" and "Mob Cats." The parody videos help charity, too. Mashable explains that “If you post a photo on Twitter or Instagram with #VH1CatCasting for any of these fake shows, VH1 will really donate $1 to an animal-support organization.”

YouTube is behind every viral trend of 2014

And can help you make your own viral hit:

Missouri University of Science and Technology is Wow

MST pays homage to the Doge Coin meme on its home page. Is very science. So much amaze:

Google Maps helps you Catch All the Pokemon

Now you can become the Pokemon Master:

Watch bacon sizzle on Netflix

In an effort to top its wonderful 2013 prank, Netflix has delivered two scintillating new documentaries to its viewers. You can either watch "Sizzling Bacon":

or "Chicken Roasting":

David Hasselhoff can photobomb all your pics in Google+

Read about it here

Wikipedia editors are goofing off

Hope you don't need to look anything up today. Here are the Wikipedia pages nominated for deletion as April Fools' Day jokes:

Kodak introduces picture Kiosk Drone

Move over, U.S. Military and Amazon Delivery. Kodak has the newest drone in the biz. From Kodak’s site:

Kodak Alaris brings you the Kodak Picture Kiosk Drone. Now, with the new Kodak Picture Kiosk Drone, you can print your favorite pictures whenever you want, wherever you want. It’s simple, just call 1-555- DroneMe to “phone drone”, text DroneMe to 5555 or use the handy Kodak Picture Kiosk Drone mobile app and within minutes our Picture Kiosk Drone will find you wherever you may be.

By Prachi Gupta

Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at pgupta@salon.com.

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