April Fool’s Day on the Web: 2016 edition


April Fools Day

It’s late enough in the day that you’re probably already suspicious of pranks, so we don’t think we’re issuing any spoilers here with our April Fool’s Day roundup.  We’ve gathered a few of our favorites from around the web. But warning – if you live in China, don’t go any further because April Fool’s Day has been banned in China. (Unless that’s a great big prank from China!)

Think insurance is a serious business? Usually we are very serious, but we like to kid around, too.  Here are a few of today’s jokes — but we think most of them are a little too close to the truth to be funny!

Google always has a few tricks up their sleeve:

We liked this Jobs for Babies idea and wish it was a real thing.

 

Here’s an item we think would be a big seller: Trulia’s real estate map to help home buyers avoid hipster neighborhoods

Here’s one we think wouldn’t be a big seller: The Mark Zuckerberg fashion line for HM

The Washington Post has a really good roundup – it’s YUGE: April Fools’ Day hoaxes: 2016’s comprehensive, updating (and upsetting) list – just be warned that we can’t vouch for everything being work safe or work appropriate!

See our April Fools Day roundup from 2014 for more oldies but goodies.

We wish the prediction for snow this weekend was a big joke, but unfortunately it looks real! We remember an actual April Fool’s Day storm in 1997 that dumped the region in about 30 inches of snow!

Do you need some out-of-this-world insurance?


alien abductionYou can insure against almost any adverse event. In prior posts, we’ve talked about celebrities insuring body parts and people insuring some rather unusual objects and special collections.

But here’s one that you may not have thought about: Are you insured against alien abduction? The website says that it is “the perfect policy for anyone who thinks they have everything covered.” We particularly like some of their promotion lines:

  • “Don’t Leave Earth…Without It.”
  • “Beam Me Up…I’m Covered”

A Single Lifetime Premium coverage can be had for $19.95, and it offers a $10 million payout if you can prove you were kidnapped by aliens.  What do you need to do to qualify? They say: “We accept all pre-existing conditions – You cannot be turned down regardless of Age or Frequent Flyer Status.” There is one stipulation.  They will only pay out once.

Most people buy it for someone else but name themselves as the beneficiary. They say they have had claims!

Learn more in this video clip:

Security cameras turn the tables on taco thieves


If you skipped stories about robberies in California over the holidays, you probably missed a hilarious video showing how a Los Angeles area Taco shop is biting back at crime. It all started with a late-night break in at Frijoles & Frescas restaurant on December 16. Thieves threw a rock through the window to break in, ransack the place and make off with the registers. This was all depicted on security camera videos.

Clever owners Alberto and Francisco used this footage to create the following clip which has racked up more than 4 million views. See for yourself why it went viral.

It’s satisfying that they mocked the burglars while doing a fun self-promo, and it’s also a clever way to get the thieves’ images out in public. The perpetrators haven’t been found yet, but here’s hoping. Meanwhile, reports say that Frijoles & Frescas is seeing increased demand for their tacos!

Small food service shops and retailers like Frijoles & Frescas are generally covered for theft and robberies under BOP insurance or Business Owners Policies. But security cameras are a good idea, too – they help to deter crime and in the event that a crime does occur, can provide valuable information to help track down the criminals.

Here are a few resources to learn more about business security cams.

How to Deploy IP Cameras in Your Small Business

Setting Up a Security System For Your Small Business

Cats & Dogs Christmas: Holiday videos just for fun


Many people say Christmas is for kids, but the real truth is that it’s gone to the dogs… and the cats. Come the holidays, YouTube is inundated with cute, funny pet videos. Here’s our take on the picks of the litter for 2015 – with a few classics thrown in.

The first is an ad, but it’s cute and well done.

Then we have the Animals of YouTube singing carols

In a slightly different vein, we see how wildlife celebrate the holidays

However you celebrate the holidays, have fun but stay safe!

How to stop a runaway horse & other vintage life hacks from days of yore


We thought we’d ease you back to the work week with a fun post on vintage life hacks. The Internet loves “life hacks” – tips, tricks and shortcuts to solve everyday problems or help you increase efficiency. We’ve carried some previously here on this blog – see Handy household hacks: creative uses for everyday products and Everyday products you’ve probably been using wrong.

Back in the olden days (yes, there was life before the Internet, kids), “life hacks” were often called “household hints” and were often featured in newspaper and magazine columns. But before that, in the Victorian era, there were “trade cards.” Trade cards were typically two-sided cards with art on one side and information on the other side. The content could be fun, humorous, useful or handy. They were an important part of pop culture of the day. The goal was to carry an advertiser’s brand and get people to collect the entire series. Cigarette manufacturers eagerly seized on trade cards as a way to spark repeat purchases.

Here’s a link to a gallery of vintage household hints from Gallaher’s Cigarettes of Belfast & London on such useful topics as how to make a fire extinguisher, how to extract a splinter, how to clean real lace and how to stop a runaway horse. We’ve excerpted a few below.

Other advertiser’s also produced “how-to” trade cards of household hints. Check the site’s sidebar to explore more topics.

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How to blow a brick over

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How to treat squeaky boots

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