Hartnell to St. Louis, Crosby to Philly, and those clowns at City Hall: a Philly April Fools' Day

Since Scott Hartnell rejoined the Flyers' lineup last Saturday after missing 16 games with a fractured toe, Claude Giroux has returned to playing like the Hart Trophy contender many pegged him to be. (Tom Mihalek/AP file photo)

Some people take April Fools' Day very seriously. A lot of those people are apparently hockey players.

Today's shenanigans brought us everything from the "hardy-har-har" of Nashville's Shea Weber and Pekka Rinne feigning a trade to Philly, to the really just gross image of Sidney Crosby wearing black and orange.

Claude Giroux got in on the act as well, dropping this gem a bit late in the day for anyone to be anything but distrusftul of any news from anywhere.

A joke that would have been quirkier were it coming from a team with playoff hopes that were more than a sick joke themselves, but hey. 

Nearby, the city of Philadelphia deployed a small army of clowns and mimes near City Hall to remind people to keep their eyes on the road. 

Elsewhere, Google took the immense global influence it has built over the years and used it to betray the trust of millions of people gullible enough to believe Google Nose BETA was a thing. Also, Youtube is not shutting down to sift through all of their content for 10 years and determine a winner of their secret talent contest.

Funny or Die produced a series of pleas from '90s TV show actors, begging you to fund their Kickstarter film projects a la Veronica Mars. Shows like:

A productive April Fools' day, in which nothing was hurt except for feelings.