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9 More Horrific April Fools’ Day Pranks of the 19th Century

Love it or hate it, April Fools’ Day is pretty tame in the 21st century. Krispy Kreme tells you it’s changing its name to Krispy Cream or something and you’re supposed to be “tricked.” Then everybody rolls their eyes and goes on with their lives. But back in the 19th century, April Fools’ Day was hardcore. Read More >>

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Reminder: April Fools Is Tomorrow, Lots Of Fake News Around Today

Whether you love or hate the yearly parade of daft ideas and 'new products' for April Fools' Day, it's worth remembering that it falls on a Saturday this year. Which means that a lot of companies are releasing theirs today. Read More >>

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Trump Targets 17-Year-Old Girl’s Cat Site Because Everything is Stupid (Updated)

Update: We've done some digging and all the facts don't really add up. It's an easy story to fall for, given the Trump Organisation's track record, but we'll endeavour to do better in future Read More >>

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London Dungeon is Sorry About What it Did on the Internet

London Dungeon exhibited some of the same social ideals as those once held by a few of its nastier exhibits yesterday, using the cover of Valentine's day to make some ageing sexist jokes that had everyone rocking back and forwards in horror like an animatronic model of a victim of Jack the Ripper. Read More >>

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Alexa Won’t Tell You A Trump Joke Anymore

Since what we need in these dark times is apparently less humour, Amazon's Alexa virtual assistant has stopped telling jokes about Donald Trump. Read More >>

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Joke Science Papers Get Less Funny Every Year

Imagine reading a study from a prestigious science journal and finding out that the scientists performed and wrote the study as a joke. Sure, all of the data is true, but they littered the abstract and conclusion sections with irony. Other years you might have found it funny. But what if the joke was so arcane that only the scientist got it? And what if just minutes before you’d seen another fake news article denying climate change? Read More >>

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The Best* April Fool’s Jokes of 2016

It's that day again. The day when even the stuff The Poke steals off Reddit seems funny in comparison to the first-pass shit being peddled by the social media managers of the world in the name of humour and user engagement. Oh god no, it's happening again. The boss is trying to be funny. Read More >>

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Time Capsule Opened, Contains Punchline For 71-Year-Old Joke

The residents of Lebanon, New Hampshire, recently discovered a time capsule hidden under the steps of their City Hall. Dated 1944, the capsule was in the form of a brown whiskey bottle. But sadly, there wasn’t any whiskey inside. Instead, it seems like it was just the set-up for a punchline 71 years in the making. Read More >>

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“Outdated” Communications Law Makes it Too Easy to Prosecute Tweeters, Say Campaigners

The high-profile case of Paul Chambers and his bomb-joke-Tweet should lead to a reworking of the laws used to (fail to) prosecute him, says a pressure group, which claim our communications laws need updating to reflect the way we use social media today. Read More >>

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A Porn Sound Guy Who Shows Us the True Meaning of Happiness

Meet Grant Meyers. A man passionate about sound, he can pull meaning from cacophony. He works as a foley artist (someone who recreates the ambient sounds in film) for porn movies. He LOVES it. Read More >>

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Tim Vine Wins Funniest Joke Award With Working Men’s Club Gag

Established comedian Tim Vine won a little trophy thing for telling the best joke of the Edinburgh Fringe, with TV channel Dave saying nearly one fifth of voters chose his line from a shortlist of 10. Read More >>

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Loveable Rogue/Joker/Prankster Etc. Plasters House With Post-it Notes

Oh, he is a one, that Paul Stanley. Quite the character. Always up for a laugh. Wacky. Probably also a bit lonely, but hides it well. To pass some of the time before he dies, Paul decided to invest eight hours of his life covering the home of two of his friends with post-it notes. He's literally mad. Read More >>

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Poor Taste LG Promo Says Mobiles Cause Brain Tumours, Infertility and Cataracts

LG has blamed "cultural differences" for the lack of riotous laughter regarding its promotional stickers for the Knock Code system, claiming the light-hearted references to phone radiation causing brain tumours were just a... joke. Oh, we get it now! Ha ha! Cancer! Read More >>

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Smiley Face Emoticon Tweet Earns Policeman a Disciplinary

Whoever was left in charge of the Sussex Police Twitter account this week won themselves an unfortunate bollocking, after they dared to respond to a sarcastic question about corruption within the force with a simple smiley-face emoticon. Read More >>