The people at YouTube decided to celebrate April Fools' Day a day early with a fake contest.  They posted a video yesterday explaining that YouTube is shutting down until 2030 so they can watch every video that's been uploaded and pick a winner.

"We're so close to the end," said YouTube's "Competition Director," Tim Liston. "Tonight at midnight, YouTube.com will no longer be accepting entries. After eight amazing years, it is finally time to review everything that has been uploaded to our site and begin the process of selecting a winner."

YouTube teamed up with The Onion to create a video explaining how the site was set up as part of a contest to find the best home video on the Internet.

In an attempt to make the prank more believable for people who haven't realized yet that it's a fake, YouTube will add a live stream starting at 12pm today  of two fake presenters announcing "Best Video" nominees, which will run on the site for 12 hours.

Check out the prank video here: