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This year's best online April Fools' Day jokes

Better watch out: the interwebs are joining in on the April Fools' festivities. Check out some of these prank pages and announcements by some of the biggest names on the Web.

By Steph Solis / April 1, 2013

Google is celebrating April Fools' Day with a beta treasure-hunting map service. Users are encouraged to explore the ancient maps and search for treasure, but they are also warned against pirates.

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YouTube says it will shut down at midnight, Twitter decides to start charging for vowels, and Imgur is shifting to snail mail.

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Just kidding. Today the Internet celebrates April Fools' Day with a hodgepodge of online pranks and fake announcements.

YouTube was among the first to kick off the holiday with a video announcing it would shut down at midnight after selecting the best video in the world.

In honor of the festivities, YouTube and “The Onion” paired up to create a video in which YouTube founders and celebrities recounted the last eight years and their quest to find the best video. YouTube CEO Salar Kamangar said he enjoyed spending the time reviewing the content, which he estimated was 70 hours worth of footage each minute.

Antoine Dodson, who became an Internet celebrity after being interviewed about a “bed intruder” in his home in Huntsville, Ala., suggests the world take advantage of what little time it has left with YouTube.

“We are all story tellers," he says in the video. "That’s what pulled me into this contest. You know, like stories of how to Photoshop and stories about 'The Hobbit trailer HD.’ I encourage everyone to watch as many videos as possible before YouTube deletes everything tonight.”

Other YouTube celebrities include Matt Harding of “Where the Hell is Matt? 2012,” Rafi Fine of “KIDS REACT TO GRUMPY CAT,” and Harry and Charlie Davies-Carr of “Charlie bit my finger – again!” 

In the spirit of 2005, YouTube decided it would award the winner an mp3 player that clips to your sleeve and $500 stipend for your next creative endeavor.

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Google is celebrating with a makeover to Google maps and a groundbreaking feature. The treasure-hunting maps allow users to explore 2D hand-drawn landmarks and search for hidden treasure chests. Note that Google warns against pirates.

The other beta feature introduced today is Google Nose. That’s right, now you can find out what a new car or Elvis’ feet smell like, if you really, really want, by clicking the “smell” button on Google search.

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