April Fools' Day strikes again

By Joey Nolfi
Updated April 01, 2016 at 03:34 PM EDT
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Prior to the July 15 release of its all-female Ghostbusters reboot, Sony has announced a slime-resistant, 6.66-kilogram “Proton Pack” device capable of capturing supernatural entities. And apparently, if you fell for that April Fools’ Day announcement, it’ll capture you, too.

Sony released a video detailing the 30-year process of developing the device in collaboration with Dr. Jillian Holtzmann (Kat McKinnon’s character in the new movie) and Dr. Egon Spengler (Harold Ramis in the 1984 flick), which includes a slew of uber-scientific terms, like discussion of “hydrogen plasma cells” and a “liquid helium reservoir.” An accompanying website has also been set up to promote the fictional device.

The Proton Pack joins a growing list of April Fools’ jokes released since Thursday, including some that worked well (Netflix’s fake John Stamos documentary) and others that didn’t quite stick their landing (Yahoo’s announcement that Trader Joe’s would close all stores by 2017 caused a bit of an online panic).

Check out a breakdown of Sony’s ghost-capturing Proton Pack device in the video below.

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