My Top 5 2013 April Fool’s Day Pranks

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Every year, tech companies try and outdo each other with April Fool’s Day pranks. From fake websites to fake products, here are 2013’s very best of the lot!

Iron Man Suit from Firebox

Yup, for just £250,000, you could own Tony Stark’s legendary “Mark XVLII” suit (incidentally, the latest suit we’ve seen is the Mark VII, in the Avengers!) It comes with free delivery (at that price, it had better!) and “for legal reasons a full waiver must also be signed, indemnifying Firebox in the unlikely event of injury or appearance of arch-nemeses.” Right. Honestly, though, if one thing on this list were to turn out to be real, I wish it were this one…

April Fool's Day Pranks

Bathstore Vertical Bath

Here’s something you don’t see everyday: A vertical bath. It’s so special, it comes out of storage just once a year, on April 1, courtesy Bathstore, a UK chain of bathroom supply stores. While we don’t know how much it will cost, the villain from The Cell should be interested in a bulk order…

April Fool's Day Pranks


Barclaycard Paywag

If you’re an animal lover, the Barclaycard Paywag system is for you. Utilizing next-gen NFC technology, it allows your dog to make purchases at pet stores and other retail outlets by merely swiping his collar. There is no way this is a bad thing! Like, none. I literally cannot think of why this is a bad idea.


Google Treasure Maps

The Google Maps Street View team recently found a treasure map belonging to the infamous pirate, William “Captain” Kidd, on a recent expedition in the Indian Ocean to expand its underwater Street View collection. (lol!) The map contains a variety of encrypted symbols which you are supposed to decipher.


Youtube Shutting Down

Youtube invariably wins most years, at the ‘how outrageous can we make this stuff’ but this year they’ve outdone themselves. Just watch the video to see how…