Things that are not April Fools' pranks
We'll start with the Amazon's "Dash" button, which, while very closely resembling a hoax, is somehow not one (6,100+ shares). It's "a plastic single-function controller the size of a pack of gum. Each button bears a different brightly colored product logo. Push the button, and soon that product arrives at your door." We repeat: this is not an April Fools' joke and is an actual, honest-to-goodness thing. Tessa Vanderhart with the Winnipeg Sun (doesn't that sound like a novel's protagonist?) admits, "I spend a lot of time wishing Gatorade would magically appear at my house and that may soon be a reality." Endorse. "Making one-click physical, Amazon to offer branded BUY buttons for your house. Keep away from toddlers & teens," advises Jacket Copy's Carolyn Kellogg. Wall Street Journal's Mike Shields ran with the same idea: "Hi Amazon. Yeah, my toddler ordered 4,000 paper towels with the Dash Button last night and I need to cancel."
Less surprising but equally ridiculous, a pizza parlor earns the honor of becoming one of the first Indiana businesses to publicly deny same-sex marriage catering (which got a gobsmacking 20,000+ shares). "This will totally put a damper on the long held and holy tradition of newly weds feeding each other slices of pizza," sarcastically muses Bloomberg's Danielle Burger. Meanwhile, back at the Indianapolis Star, columnist Matthew Tully declares Mike Pence "out of his league as governor" (5,500+).
In politics, believe it or not, Scott Walker’s dog allergy could actually become a campaign hazard (3,500+). The Obama administration is signaling a fight over the subpoenas of Secret Service staff. And here's how secret donors could play a big role in boosting Jeb Bush (600+ shares).