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April Fool’s Day 2008 Collection

Posted in Holiday by Elliott Back on April 1st, 2008.

Last year I wrote a post detailing April Fool’s day pranks in 2007 around the web that was both funny and well received, so this year I’m going to do it again! Let’s start with the worst, political humour:

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The goons at Editorial Cartoonists sure know how to make a point

Next Blizzard Entertainment is porting World of Warcraft to the console with their new title, Molten Core:

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Yeah, it’s for the Atari 2600 console. ROCK ON!

“Blizzard got its start in console gaming, and we’ve always been excited about returning to this arena,” stated Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “Additionally, we’ve wanted to reintroduce the 40-player raid dungeon experience for some time. With World of Warcraft: The Molten Core, we’re able to do both.”

Another treat from Blizzard is the Tauren Marine from Starcraft 2:

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While most tauren were satisfied with their agrarian culture and primitive existence, the Confederacy was able to lure away large numbers of young bulls for a life of adventure and violence along the galactic rim. Other tauren referred to these adventurers as ‘mad cows,’ and they were ostracized from the rest of their kine.

Finally, Blizzard gives a new Class for World of Warcraft, the Bard. Endowed with the power of music, he hits awesome riffs and combos for extra damage!

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A nice touch is the upside down “axe” as guitar

Armed with a trusty axe, killer riffs, and a ton of attitude, the guitar-wielding bard is the second hero class to be introduced in the upcoming Wrath of the Lich King expansion for World of Warcraft. The bard excels both as a solo performer and as part of a solid group lineup, able to front in a number of roles as varied as his musical repertoire.

YouTube did the unthinkable, and Rickrolled everyone who visited one of their featured videos. So, there have been over 3,707,338 visits to Rick Astley-Never Gonna Give You Up so far today:

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Come on, even if you goatse.cx’d them it wouldn’t be that funny

Our friends at Google went nuts today, dropping literally dozens of April fools jokes. Here are the highlights. If you go to Google Documents and create a new document, you can click File, then “New Airplane:”

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This is adorable!

Additionally, there’s an “I’m feeling lucky” button on the Calendar which adds random hot dates to your schedule, archiving of pop-up and scratch and sniff books, Virgle, a manned mars station, and the ability to send GMail email in the future … or the past:

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Our researchers have concluded that allowing each person more than ten pre-dated emails per year would cause people to lose faith in the accuracy of time, thus rendering the feature useless.

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Adsense for real life is hilarious

Adsense for Conversations: “a new type of monetization solution that “puts the ‘context’ in contextual advertising”. Now, in just a few simple steps, you can begin displaying ads that are relevant to the topics you’re discussing — in an unobtrusive screen above your head.”

Computer nerd stuff retailer Think Geek has some skippable April Fool’s Products, including a peeing simulation for the wii, a usb pregnancy test, and caffeine cereal. Yeah, you didn’t miss anything there. On the other hand, the Pirate Bay is moving to Sinai, Egypt. Meanwhile, even the world’s largest criminal computer hackers running the Storm Worm sent out some April 1st spam:

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Yet no 0day for the lulz. Lucky us!

Not surprisingly, Anil Dash gets anal about April Fool’s day jokes, declaring “your April Fool’s Day joke sucks.” He’s right about Techcrunch’s “we’re suing Facebook” joke that just makes Michael Arrington, the founder and editor of the blog, look like a massive jerk.

Those are the big highlights, but for more, please check out Wikipedia’s April 1, 2008 entry. It’s full of more links than I could ever gather, read, or take screenshots of!

Happy April Fools Day! [Collection]

Posted in Holiday by Elliott Back on April 1st, 2007.

Happy April 1st!! A lot of funny things are already floating around the internet, so I’m going to try to collect as many as I can right here. As updates come in, I’ll keep adding to the list of April Fool’s Day pranks:

0) WoW Tinfoil Hat

The WoW tinfoil hat item is just great. Then again, Blizzard is always busting stuff out for the holidays. But, this takes the April fools cake!

1) Google Gmail Paper

Google is offering a new email to paper product for GMAIL called Gmail Paper. Tired of reading email on a computer? No problem, they’ll print and deliver it to your home for free.

2) Avalonstart Redesign Imminent

Dear Avalonstar Readers,

Many of you may know my name from the times Bryan has mentioned me in his entries, podcasts, etc. I am Jen, Bryan’s fiancé. I know how important this site is to Bryan and all the people who have supported him over the years, so I wanted to make sure that you guys are not entirely in the dark even though I am limited in what I’m allowed to say.

Due to circumstances beyond his control, Bryan has been forced to take Avalonstar down indefinitely. He is needless to say a bit restless and emotional and he doesn’t seem to want to talk about it too much. He has, however, allowed me to write this message. We are trying to make any arrangements that are possible, but it’s proving… complicated. As of right now we are uncertain of what is going to happen and even the feasibility of bringing Avalonstar back. In the meantime, I ask that you all continue to support Bryan and Avalonstar as usual, and please wish for the best.

Like I said, nothing is certain at the moment but I will say one thing… this could change everything.

Sincerely,
Jen V.

Our favorite WP/Facebook associated designer Bryan Veloso has disappeared off the web, but we know he’ll be back.

3) Shoemoney Lost Forever

Jeremy Shoemoney is also pulling the “make my site disappear” act today, but with more class and imagery from the tv show lost!

4) Matt Cutts Gets Hacked

Matt Cutts proclaiming “In Black SEOs we trust” is the funniest thing ever.

5) Woot’s $1,000,000 Bag Of Crap

The secret to Woot’s $1,000,000 bag of crap is to just enter “please” into your coupon code to get it for its regular price.

6) TechCrunch to buy F**cked dot COM

Tomorrow we will announce that we have acquired Philip “Pud” Kaplan’s FuckedCompany.com in a stock for assets transaction. The basic details of the transaction are included in a press release that will go out around 9 pm PST tonight, and Pud has also mentioned this on his personal blog.

I don’t find this funny at all, but TechCrunch says they’re buying F**Cked dot com, lords knows why…

7) Engadget Wants to Shock Us

Yeah, so uh, Engadget decided to make a fake gadget for the purpose of electrocution. Ouch! Our fingers hurt!

8) ThinkGeek Selling iPhone

Order the iPhone now … but you can’t click the link!

9) AlbinoBlackSheep Becomes Google: Animation

This makeover for albinoblacksheep is adorable, and who knows, maybe Google will someday do it?

10) BBC UK Sniff Screen

Them blokes at the BBC in London really want us to press our noses vigorously to the screen. Sadder, we know someone did it.

11) Google TISP

Google TISP is one of those weird ideas. Get high speed internet by lowering fiberoptic cable into your toilet? Too nerdy.

12) The Pirate Bay Finds Refuge In North Korea

Today we announce that we’re moving some of our servers to the North-Korean Embassy in Stockholm, Sweden.

After lenghty discussions with the leader of North Korea Kim Jong-Il we have decided to start a cooperation.

Some of the reasons are the extremely good bandwidth agreement we get – redundant fibre links, redundant power with diesel to last for four years makes the colocation a very good deal for us.

We are also promised immunity against foreign copyright holders and all of the crew will get North Korean citizenships.

“One of the reasons that we’re doing the move is also that the Swedish King still haven’t granted us a visit with his daughter. This ignorance towards the cultural benefits of having a site like The Pirate Bay can not be ignored.” says Tiamo, one of the founders of The Pirate Bay.

We would like to thank Kim Jong-Il for the opportunity and we would like all of our users to review their current feelings towards this great nation!

The Pirate Bay decides they’re safest in the North Korean embassy. They might even be right!

13) Facebook Injecting News

Facebook is injecting weird news bits into your feed. Check it out, it’s cool!

14) College Humour Expires

It’s a good fake Godaddy expiry page. Collegehumour couldn’t die though, or people would riot.

15) Slashdot It: Digg-like Button

Slashdot added a digg-like button they’re calling “slashdotit” to every post. It appears to actually work.

16) Technorati Anagrams

Technorati is busting out the anagrams for April Fools’ day!

17) Google Romance

This isn’t quite an april fools, but Google Romance certainly deserves a mention. Contextual dating FTW!

Notable Mentions

Uncyclopedia is running real Wikipedia entries, while McDonalds and Microsoft merge in an unprecedented hostile takeover. Meanwhile, QuakeCon is a seismology conference, and Lawrence Lessig joins the RIAA. There’s also the uberware trio which offer to speed the world up, and tattoo your toddler, for which I have no comment.

RFC April 1st

Posted in Humour by Elliott Back on April 1st, 2005.

Requirements for Morality Sections in Routing Area Drafts is an RFC #4041 that is somewhat amusing for the truly geeky among us. Some choice sections include:

Note that within Internet-Drafts, bytes (and bits) progress from the left to the right. This is how things should be.

And

Promiscuous modes of operation are an abomination, exceeded only by multicast.

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