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Tampa Bay gets in on April Fools' Day pranks

Tampa Theatre posted an April Fools' joke on Facebook, claiming the historic theater had been bought by Donald Trump. [Facebook photo]

Tampa Theatre posted an April Fools' joke on Facebook, claiming the historic theater had been bought by Donald Trump. [Facebook photo]

It's a prankster's favorite holiday and a gullible person's 24-hour nightmare: April Fool's Day.

It comes every year, and no matter how much we prepare and vow we won't get fooled, it happens to many of us at least once.

Since its advent, April Fool's Day has garnered serious fails — fake pregnancies, engagements, divorces, deaths, getting people fired for including a minion GIF in important business emails.

Side-eyeing you, Google.

Luckily, folks in the Tampa Bay area seem to have an appropriate sense of humor.

Tampa Theatre teased a Trump takeover in the early hours of Friday:

IN THE NEWS: Tampa Theatre announced today that the historic movie palace – which will celebrate its 90th birthday in...

Posted by Tampa Theatre on  Friday, April 1, 2016

The kicker: "I'm not sure what this means for our inclusion in the 'Historic Buildings For Bernie' Facebook group."

Coppertail Brewing and Mini Doughnut Factory, both in Tampa, had fun advertising new products:

We are pleased to introduce our newest release, Free Dive flavored toothpaste! 5.9% ABV, just like the beer....

Posted by Coppertail Brewing Co on  Friday, April 1, 2016

Beer-flavored toothpaste and mustard and sriracha-covered doughnuts? Ew.

The Poynter Institute for Media Studies, a global hub for journalism based in St. Petersburg and owner of the Tampa Bay Times, touted a new NewsU course on covering superheroes. Highly recommended if your city is frequently attacked by supervillains, the Bat Signal is a nightly occurrence in your town or your editor constantly screams at you to get pictures of Spider-Man.

The always-trying-to-be-hip city of Tampa unveiled the new design of the city's flag Friday morning, featuring the smiling face of the Regina George of mayors, Bob Buckhorn:

So you agree, you think you're really pretty?

Probably not as funny for University of Florida and Florida State University students and fans, but hilarious for those of us who enjoy watching them squabble: The two schools announced a merger into one giant university to bring "peace and harmony from Pensacola to Key West."

Presidents of the two rival schools even released a joint video statement explaining the merger that "should take about 27 weeks and two days."

Outside of Florida, Netflix revealed a new documentary coming "April 31": John Stamos: A Human, Being.

The binge-watching mecca also changed genre settings to "Trending like John Stamos," "Comedies John Stamos Thinks are Funny" and "TV Comedies That Manage to be Funny Even Though Stamos Isn't in Them," among others.

National Geographic, curator of heavy, yellow magazines full of glossy photos of exotic animals, changed its policy on publishing aforementioned wildlife photos:

The real question is, would a dog wear pants covering all four legs or just the back two?

Contact Chelsea Tatham at ctatham@tampabay.com. Follow @chelseatatham.

Tampa Bay gets in on April Fools' Day pranks 04/01/16 [Last modified: Friday, April 1, 2016 3:00pm]
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