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It's that time of year again...
On this day every year, some companies pull off the most audacious stunts on their unwitting customer base and wider population — Google, as usual, took center stage with its range of pranks — yet many still fall for even the strangest of pranks.
This year, as you might expect, is no different. While ZDNet isn't playing a part in the foolery — we're taking the "serious approach" to news (at least most of the time) — we thought you might enjoy some of the other jokes pulled by other websites, technology companies and news networks.
Update 1 (10:30 a.m. ET): Added Nokia microwave, Newegg's deals, iFixit's orange teardown, and WolframAlpha's handwritten knowledge engine.
Update 2 (11:00 a.m. ET): Added Sony for pets, a Play-Doh 3D printer, and Blizzard's crabby crab.
Update 3 (11:35 a.m. ET): Added "The Freedom Bay," SwiftKey's full-body text input, glass-bottomed Virgin Atlantic airplanes, and another April Fools' from Google.
Update 4 (12:40 p.m. ET): Added Imgur's snail mail upload, and Vimeo's "Vimeow" cat video uploading service.
Update 5 (1:30 p.m. ET): Added Reddit's pokey stick prank.
1. Google adds "treasure" to Maps
Google is taking on a pirate theme for its Maps application, by allowing users to transform its mapping service into a pirate-like treasure map. A tea-stained and sepia toned map displays some of the most popular landmarks in the real-world.
As an added bonus, check out any Street View road, street or highway and you can zoom in through a pirate's spyglass.
Check it out here.
2. The world's first social toaster?
Many check their overnight tweets on their phone as they're waiting for their toast to pop up. Mesh the two together like Bizzby did and you can tweet from your toaster as your bread is crisping away. And for added awesomeness, you can even control your 21st-century toaster from your iPhone.
While the whole concept is a complete joke, you can still check it out here.