Today is not only the religious observance of Easter, it's also the sacred day of all pranksters, jokers, and merry-makers. Yes, April Fool's Day is upon us once more, and you may have had the bitter misfortune of sitting on a whoopee cushion, biting into a mayonaise-filled donut, or becoming the recipient of what the kids have dubbed "a crank call." Prank-pulling is a staple of the first of April, a longstanding practice that's enticed everyone from the Weasley twins (who were born on the holiday, FYI) to SpongeBob SquarePants to Gotham's Clown Prince of Crime.
However, this kind of spring-based merriment is not limited to the characters of the fictional world. All day long, folks like writers, filmmakers, reporters, comic book publishers, and more have a little fun with the public by pranking them on April 1. Those who help shape and disseminate pop culture have such an easy job of things, as they're so reputable the other 364 days of the year. Here are 5 genre-related pranks from today that really had us (and most people) going...
1. David F. Sandberg's Shazam! "teaser" trailer:
2. The "Golden" Turtles:
3. External underwear to the rescue!
"That guy's got a whole designer closet full of them (they go over his three-piece suits)," says the website of Luthor's wardrobe. It goes on to hilariously write: "These inspired trunks designs come from some of comics’ most acclaimed creators who spent a painstaking three-month creative retreat making sure each and every pair had its own unique design and rich backstory." Finally, the whole hoax comes undone at the end when DC writes that you may find additional trunk info by following the publisher "on social media at @DCComics, hashtag #AprilFools."
4. Yee-haw! San Antonio jumps on the Black Panther train:
5. Archaeologists make the discovery of a lifetime:
One testimonial about the find comes from the project's archaeologist Jakku Bespin: "Although prominent in early medieval texts, Porg bones have proved to very hard to identify in the archaeology record. These finds will allow us to advance the study of human-porg entanglement." Of course, Bespin's name is just a combination of two planets that exist in the Star Wars universe, Jakku being the place where Rey's no-good parents dumped her when she was a kid.