April Fools' Day 2012: Best of the Brand Hoaxes Google, YouTube, Skype lead this year's pranks

Sadly, for those marketers who build April Fools' Day into their plans, it falls on a Sunday this year, so most of you will probably be reading about their shenanigans on Monday. After the jump, it's our yearly roundup of April Fools' Day pranks by brands:

• Google has been the winner for the past several years, and it's won again by teaming with Nascar and creating Google Racing. The effort pimps its latest technology offering, the self-driving car, and even stars co-founder Sergey Brin. But wait, that's not all! Google Japan's maps have gone 8-bit for NES. In Australia, Google has announced Street Roo kangaroo-operated street cams. Gmail is offering Gmail Tap, which lets you enter Gmail in Morse code from your smartphone. Oh, and check the Really Advanced Search.

     •  YouTube is offering the YouTube collection on DVD, which mocks all that former, inferior technology we used to rely on for information. Add the feedback pack, and mail your comments to the video's creators.

• Check out new Skype for String, another throwback, low-tech solution.

• Flickr is also taking your photography back in time.

• Lynx (aka Axe) body spray has created an app that lets you spray yourself with your phone.

After the jump: Think Geek, Virgin, Honda and more.

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