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Did you fall for it? April Fools' jokes circulating around the Web (12 items)

By Deseret News

April 1, 2014

While April Fools’ Day used to be about switching out Oreo cream for toothpaste and putting plastic bugs in the cereal box, the Web has created a new outlet for pranksters. Companies and individuals across the Internet have tried to dupe people into believing the unbelievable. Here are some jokes that happened this year.

1 of 12. Gmail "shelfie"

Google is known for creating some elaborate pranks for April Fools’ Day and this year the company started a little early by releasing the "shelfie." Gmail users who logged into their accounts yesterday or today were greeted with the option of changing their mailbox theme to a "shelfie," which is a combination of the words "share" and "selfie." Users could change their mailbox's background picture with a selfie then share the image with their friends.

2 of 12. Google Pokémon Master challenge

One of the most popular pranks is Google's Pokémon Master challenge. The company released a video alerting the world that the newest version of Google Maps would include a Pokémon challenge. Users would have to scour the world to find and catch 150 Pokémon. Those who complete the challenge would have the chance to join the Google team in September as the newest hire with the title of "Google Pokémon Master."

The video has been viewed more than 4 million times.

3 of 12. Google+ David Hasselhoff photobomb

Google's social media site, Google+, couldn't have been excluded from the April Fools’ list this year.

In an official announcement posted yesterday, users who upload photos of themselves or their friends to their Google+ accounts with the hashtag #Hoffsome would receive a photobomb by Hasselhoff.

4 of 12. LDS Church and NBA come to an agreement regarding Jabari Parker

The Duke basketball player has been reported to be considering serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or entering the NBA draft.

Times and Seasons, a blog founded by four LDS attorneys, reported that the LDS Church and the NBA had come to an agreement about Parker, stating that he would be able to serve a mission in whatever city he was drafted into. Part of the deal includes that Parker's missionary companion would sit on the team bench during each game and would be televised at least twice per match.

5 of 12. Drew Carey and Craig Ferguson switch jobs

For its April Fools’ joke, CBS had "The Price is Right" host Drew Carey switch jobs with "The Late Late Show's" host, Craig Ferguson. Carey hosted “The Late Late Show” Monday night with guests Carl Reiner and Connie Schultz, including musical performances by Joan Jett & The Blackhearts.

Ferguson hosted “The Price is Right” Tuesday morning. CBS made the announcement of the switch Monday with a video.