The answer is 17%. No, not the answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything (obviously). The answer to a tongue-in-cheek question Caiti R. posted to our Facebook: Seriously, in the history of your April Fool's Day products, what percentage of them have become real items?
It made us wonder, and we like numbers so we figured we'd share our findings with you. Not counting 2018's gags since we're not sure how many of them may become real products and not counting the free shirt for any years in which there was one (since that was a real product to start with), it comes out to 17%:
The ones you can still procure (2009's Tauntaun Sleeping Bag, 2010's Canned Unicorn Meat, 2012's Technomancer Digital Wizard Hoodie, 2014's Flux Capacitor Car Charger, 2014's Das Can-in-Stein, and 2017's Tentacuddle Wrap) can be found in our April Fool's Products Turned Real section.
And you can sort of get 2016's Star Trek White Noise Sleep Machine. When we saw the reaction to the engine noise hum, we incorporated that function into our Star Trek TNG U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D Bluetooth® Speaker.
And here's the rundown of items you could get at one point in the past, but, alas, no more:
- Grow Your Own 1up Mushroom Kit (2006)
- The ThinkGeek 8-bit Tie (2007)
- The Personal Soundtrack T-shirt (2008)
- USB Pet Rock (2009)
- My First Bacon (2010)
- iCade - iPad Arcade Cabinet (2010)
- Monolith Action Figure (2010)
- Chocolate Zombie Bunny (2011) OH THE ZOMBIE BUNNY FIASCO!!!
- Bonsai Kitty Plush (2011)
- Star Wars Lightsaber Popsicles (2011)
- Star Trek Inflatable Captain's Chair (2012)
- Unicorn Drinking Horn (2014)
- Star Trek U.S.S. Enterprise Flying Disc (2014)
- Laser-Guided Tactical Necktie (2014)
- T-Sports Team Jersey (2017)
And, in related news, here are our April Fool's ideas that became real products, but weren't made by us.
- Keurig K-cup 5-Star Meals - Keurig Brewer College Hacks: Dorm Room Recipes
- De-3D Cinema Glasses - we carried 'em
- Tell Me Your Secrets Bear - plenty of creepy stuffed animal nannycams now
- Squeez Bacon - we sold Baconnaise
- Buzzword - the Pavlok offers similar functionality
- ZapCam - YouTube Tazer - yup
- SnuzNLuz - Wifi Donation Alarm Clock - apps that do it exist now
- BuzzAire Caffeine Inhaler - we carried AeroShot
- Wireless Extension Cords - FCC approves first wireless 'power-at-a-distance' charging system
- Caffederm Patch - plenty of these, too
- HyperGlow Caffeinated Beer - there are lots of options out there today, but the CDC has reminds you to enjoy responsibly
Note that we're not endorsing any of the above. Just mentioning that they're out there in the real world. Know of others that have hit the mass market that we missed? Let us know!