March 26, 2019 7:00 am

Super Awesome Science Show recap: The science behind April Fools’ pranks

A roundup of some company attempts to prank consumers for April Fool's Day.

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Have you ever been the target of an April Fools’ prank? Although you may not realize it, the effort that goes into these attempts at humour is nothing to laugh at. It takes time, research, and proper planning to make a prank, or even a joke, work.

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On this week’s Super Awesome Science Show, we’re going to learn more about the mechanics and the need for a good April Fools’ joke.

Our first guest is Thomas Limoncelli. He’s a systems analyst and helps information technology companies succeed. He’s also a web-based April Fools’ master. He shares his insight into what makes an excellent online prank.

READ MORE: From a chocolate burger to a smartphone shoe, this April Fools’ best prank ads

Next, we talk with Julia Rayz at Purdue University. Her focus is on artificial intelligence and humour. She’ll explain why computers make for a horrible audience and may never be able to tell an effective joke.

In our SASS Class, our guest teacher is Michelle Eskritt-Keck. She’s a psychologist who has been focusing on a special need for any good April Fools’ prank: deception. We explore how humans find ways to get people to believe them and how one particular sector of our population may not fall for any attempts at humour.

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Thomas Limoncelli
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Julia Rayz
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Michelle Eskritt-Keck
https://www.msvu.ca/en/home/programsdepartments/bachelorofscience/psychology/facultyandstaff/eskrittkeck.aspx

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