Friday was April 1, a day when every year people play practical jokes and spread hoaxes.
The jokes and their victims are called April fools or All Fools’ Day.
Some newspapers, magazines, and other published media report fake stories, which are usually explained the next day or below the news section in small letters.
The most interesting joke worldwide was a story published by Washington Post insinuating that China had banned Fools Day—and everyone believed it.
However, things didn’t go well with Internet giant Google when their prank backfired.
Gmail users awoke to a new feature on Friday, Send+Mic Drop, next to the regular Send button.
Pressing the new orange button would insert an animation of a Minion (from “Despicable Me”) dropping a microphone.
The purpose was to send a fun rejoinder to emails, which would also cut off all further messages to a thread; users would not see any replies, thus ending the conversation.
Complaints poured in to the Gmail Help Forum as clients termed the prank “stupid”.
In Uganda, Daily Monitor managed to “console” “mourning” Cranes’ fans that CAF had “punished Burkina Faso by taking away three points” they garnered from beating Uganda.
The Insider chose something more ridiculous and annoying i.e that first son and Special Forces Command [SFC] boss Brig Muhoozi Kainerugaba had been “shot and was in a critical condition”.
The website however gave a hint to show it was a prank when it added, “Details before mid-day”.
Apparently, the pranks are supposed to stop at 12:00pm beyond which legal action may apply.
Luckily, most of our readers were able to sense that the outburst was a joke and never took it seriously.
However, the first son’s haters utilised the opportunity to vent out their anger.
Others lashed at Insider’s social media handlers for posting something “stupid” and “foolish”.
Well, we take this opportunity to fully and officially apologise to Ugandans and the first son for the inconveniences caused by the prank.
The website has no ill-intentions against the first son and never wished him any harm at all.