…until someone loses an eye. And since no one lost an eye, it’s all fun and games today, April Fool’s. Enjoy!
Check out other fun times highlighted at the following sources:
The Huffington Post offered this list of “8 Unforgettable Pranks,” including the following.
The Orlando Magic pulled off two pranks on April Fools’ Day last year. First, they pretended to trade Dwight Howard to the Oklahoma City Thunder along with re-signing former Magic All-Star Penny Hardaway. Then, at halftime of a game against the Toronto Raptors, the Orlando PR and Marketing team had a blindfolded fan shoot a half-court shot that was supposedly worth $100,000. After the fan missed, the crowd went wild thinking they had helped the Magic pull of another prank. But when the fan celebrated and told the crowd, “I actually just got laid off from work,” it was then revealed that the fan was an actor and it was the crowd that was actually fooled.
Museum of Hoaxes
One of the pranks highlighted here involved the ever present Google.
Google Australia announced it had partnered with the Australian rules football league to develop the gBall:
The gBall contains inbuilt GPS and motion sensor systems to monitor the location, force and torque of each kick. The data is interpreted by a new curvilenear parabolic approximation algorithm developed in Google’s Sydney office, known as DENNIS (“Dimensional, Elastic, Non-Linear, Network-Neutral, Inertial Sequencing”), which plots the ball’s trajectory, accuracy and distance.
Using artificial intelligence technology, Google can provide users – from amateurs to professional players – with detailed online kicking tips, style suggestions and tutorials based on their gBall kicking data.
Kicking data is also sent to national talent scouts and player agents. The gBall will vibrate if talent scouts or player agents want to make contact with the user. Users can log in to their gBall account to make contact.
And you can find a quick recap of a few others by ESPN.