1. The Internet is covered in pranks for April Fools’ Day.
April Fools! It’s not April Fools’ Day. April Fools! Yes it is. We’re so good at this whole pranking thing. But definitely not as good as Pornhub, who, in honor of the holiday, has turned its homepage into Cornhub, your go-to stop for the sexiest cobs on the Internet. For those of you who are at the day job and can’t pay a visit, featured videos include “First time kernel popping” and “Hard shucking like you’ve never seen!” Dishonorable mention goes to Google, whose Gmail “Mic Drop” prank allowed users to send emails with a GIF of a Minion dropping the mic that would then get no replies. Google hastily ditched the feature when accidental button clicks led to users offending their friends and, in one case, getting fired. Oof.
2. Andrew W.K. has founded his own political party.
Musician, impresario and haver-of-epic-hair Andrew W.K. has dropped his goofy grin and gone political, which we totally get. Given the state of the presidential race, it’s hard to smile about much of anything these days. In a straight-faced video released yesterday, he announced the formation of a new political party called—you guessed it—the Party Party. Despite the name, he seems to be totally serious: The Party Party is meant to provide an alternative to America’s admittedly broken two-party system. And apparently a lot of people think so: A petition that W.K. released in order to get enough signatures to qualify as an official political party achieved its goal in less than a day. We’re not sure it’s a solution, exactly, but it’s something.
3. Remote-controlled cyborg beetles are a real thing.
Ever wanted a robotized insect zombie of your very own? Good news! They exist now. Scientists from UC Berkeley and Nayang Technical University have joined forces to equip an African giant flower beetle with a microprocessor “backpack” that allows a human being to control it via remote, both walking and flying. The researchers say that these “biobots” could be a more effective alternative to mechanical drones, because nature designs better than humans ever could. This is pretty cool and all, but how much longer until they start using this stuff to cyborg zombify larger animals. Like, say, humans? We’ll be watching our backs.
4. Guns N’ Roses are reuniting for the first time in 23 years.
It’s been a long time coming, but it’s finally happening. After years of feuding, Slash and Axl Rose finally buried the hatchet last year, leading to a reunion tour that will see three members of the original lineup (Axl, Slash and Duff McKagan) playing together for the first time since 1993. They’ll kick things off tonight in a surprise gig at the Troubadour in L.A. Only 250 tickets (at $10 a piece!) were released, so let’s hope that the lucky few who get in will put some of the set up on the ol’ YouTube. We expect everything will be as fresh as the bright blue sky.
5. A guy lived as a goat in the Alps for fun.
We all want to get away from the hustle and bustle sometimes—but Thomas Thwaites took it about a billion steps further. The designer/artist built himself elaborate prosthetics to allow him to walk on hooves, eat grass and join a herd of goats crossing the alps. Thwaites described his weekend among the bleating herd as “a very special kind of time.” We’d describe it as “totally insane,” but, you know. To each his own.