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17
2018

The answer is 17%

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%:

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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:

And, in related news, here are our April Fool's ideas that became real products, but weren't made by us.

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!

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