April Fool's in the
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not to be too trustworthy of anything you read online. Of
course, a sense of humor is a great way to give your site
personality and help it stand out from the pack. Here's a look
at April Fool's jokes that made the news:
NPR: Federally Funded Flea Dips for Fluffy?
The Bush administration announced a new, $345-trillion proposal to
extend universal health care to pets -- causing the fur to fly on
Capitol Hill as fiscal conservatives, animal rights groups and
pro-human advocates joined the heated debate. NPR's Julie Rovner
reports for All Things Considered.
Napster Buys Microsoft, Plans to Sue Itself
Napster Inc., the start-up music
file-swapping company shuttered by the courts that has never
generated a single dollar in revenue, announced that it has
bought Microsoft Corporation, the world's largest software
company, valued at more than $328 billion.
Net laughs at itself on April Fool's -- or does it?
CNet/ZDNet UK reported on Napster's joke purchase of Microsoft --
but who has the last laugh? The site quoted Sidd Finch of GigaLaw, who said he
wrote the hoax press release. Finch? You may recall that's the
same name of the baseball pitcher who
could throw the ball 163
miles per hour and was introduced to the world in
George Plimpton Sports Illustrated cover story on April 1, 1985.
Harrods 'float' plan an April Fool hoax
Mohamed Al-Fayed, the owner of Harrods, the London department
store, appeared to be behind a bizarre April Fool hoax suggesting
he was about to "float" Harrods on the stock market.
Wall Street Journal's World Watch doesn't see so well
From The Wall Street Journal's correction's page: "HARRODS, the
London retailer, didn't disclose plans to list its shares. An item
in yesterday's World Watch column reported that Harrods had said
it would do so on April 1. On April 1 the company said that
statement was an April Fool's joke."
Washington Post gets had
We were had. We fell hook, line and sinker for Maryland Gov.
Parris Glendening's April Fools' joke about him and his new wife,
former top staffer Jennifer Crawford, expecting twins on Aug. 18.
Toledo Blade columnist falls for prank
After promoting for more than a week a
planned "broadcast subscription service" for WVKS-FM in Toledo,
Clear Channel radio said that its promotion was an April Fool’s
hoax. Oops -- Toledo Blade staff writer Russ Lemmon wrote about
the "broadcast subscription service" in his media column.
The technology behind Google's great results
How exactly does Google manage to find
the right results? The heart of Google's search technology is
PigeonRank™... Low cost pigeon clusters (PCs) are used to compute
the relative value of web pages faster than human editors or
machine-based algorithms. Laugh all you want, but
transmit information over the Internet.
What is "Dismal Swamp Thing"?
This photo was taken in the Great Dismal Swamp by two hikers
shortly after they encountered a strange animal. Some experts said
the creature was nothing more than a black bear. Others say it's a
much larger, more primitive animal. And still others believe the
photo is a hoax. What do you believe?
Canadian Finance Minister Quits Job to Breed Cows
An April Fool's Day internet report that Canadian Finance Minister
Paul Martin would quit his job to breed Charolais cows and
``handsome fawn runner ducks'' sent the Canadian dollar lower on
Monday, as the market grabbed at the straw of anything that might
resemble news. Author Pierre Bourque, who flagged the spoof report
on his political gossip Web site bourque.org, said he was baffled
by the reaction. "It is April 1, after all,'' he told Reuters. "The ducks were the tell-tale sign.''
Burger King Changes its Name to Chicken King
A full-page ad in USA Today declared that Burger King Corporation
was changing its name to ``Chicken King Corporation'' to underscore
its commitment to its new Chicken Whopper sandwich. "To all those
who had a beef with our chicken joke, we're sorry for the foul. We
hope no one got their feathers ruffled,'' said spokesman Christopher
Ventura Plays April Fools' Joke
The governors of Minnesota and Pennsylvania both played pranks on
reporters Monday, announcing bogus re-election campaigns as an
April Fool's Day joke.
"Hubble Resolves Expiration Date For Green Cheese
new camera on the recently refitted Hubble Space Telescope,
astronomers have been able to confirm that the Moon is made of
page confuses Beckley
The fake front page looked like the regular Register-Herald,
except for a couple of details: The name of the paper was spelled
"Register-Hurled," and a line at the bottom warns, in small type,
"Good morning, readers! Careful - don't be fooled today."
Also see editor's apology.
April 1 episode of “Martha
Learn how to make perfect ice cubes, use them to cool a glass of
delicious water, sew a maddeningly complex quilt with more than
6,000 pieces, and go behind the scenes to see Martha’s visit with
a rogue cow. Also see
Martha Stewart Living has fun with Martha Stewart
on April Fool's Day
MSN Acquires world's largest web directory
The MSN® network of Internet services,
with more than 270 billion unique reboots worldwide, today
announced the addition of the Gates Open Directory (GOD), formerly
known as the Open Directory Project. The Gates Open Directory is
part of Microsoft's vision to simplify copyright on the Internet
by buying all copyrighted material.
Fuckedcompany.com receives funding from idealab
New York's PK Interactive, best known as the owner and publisher
of popular "dot-com deadpool" site,
received $18 million in private funding from idealab and its
existing investors, Chase Capital Partners, Flatiron Partners and
2004 Presidential Election Canceled
President Bush announced today that the 2004 presidential election
will be canceled due to the war on terrorism and other scheduling
Virgin Atlantic announces plan to use butterflies for advertising
Virgin Atlantic has announced plans to begin advertising via
butterflies, becoming the first US advertiser to take advantage of
research recently announced by the State University of New York at
Books Announces Major Tolkien Venture
Batman Books proudly announced that they have reached
agreement with the Tolkien Estate to authorize a certain major
fantasy writer, identified only as T— B—, to do a 21-book rewrite
of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings for a "solid" eight
Cousins once removed
At 25, she has already experienced both the highs and the lows of
fame: the parties, the drugs, the celebrity boyfriends, the tragic
deaths. Can things get any better - or worse - for Harmony
Total Access: Pole Cats
Defending Indy 500 champ Helio Castroneves remembers his first cat
race 15 years ago. Plus if you're intrigued by the sport of cat
the cat chat transript.
Dodo Returns and Harrods Floats on April Fool's
The Dodo came back from the dead, news broke that Harrods would
open a floating store on London's River Thames and a German castle
was to be wrapped in an orange cover.
Figment: The New Nicotine-free, Carcinogen-Free Cigarette
A new cigarette with no carcinogens or nicotine and the slogan
"Get Addicted to Livin''' was touted in a new television
commercial on Monday in a "product launch.''
You've got blogs! AOL buys Weblogs
"AOL gets it! Steve Case gets it!" beamed Dave Winer today, after
brokering a deal that sees two hundred of the most popular weblogs
become part of the AOL-Time Warner publishing empire.
Bill Gates hoodwinked by Canadian prank
He may be the world's richest man, but that
didn't prevent Bill Gates from falling for an April Fool's Day
joke by two Quebec radio comics pretending to be Canadian Prime
Minister Jean Chretien.
Listen to the conversation (about 2 minutes into the clip).
Clark CaperKuro5hin.org, backed by
development funding from a company that wishes to remain anonymous
for now, has purchased Metafilter... This announcement also kicks
off the foundation of the K5 Community Network, which will seek to
acquire other leading-edge sites, and become the net's premier
destination for online community.
See the new Met4Filter.
Dick Clark will be replacing Regis Philbin as host of "Who Wants
to Be a Millionaire" -- or will he?
Deutsche Boerse Says LSE Bid Rumor 'April Fool's Joke'
The U.K.'s Sunday Telegraph newspaper reported that the German
stock-exchange operator planned to buy its London-based
counterpart in a move to create a GBP4 billion European trading
and settlement powerhouse.
Kuro5hin.org buys Metafilter
Exclusive! bin Laden found alive and well in Rome
The world’s most wanted terrorist, Osama bin Laden, was found
today at the Vatican in Rome, where he announced his intention to
convert to Catholicism and become a priest.
Internet 'Spring Cleaning' E-mail Circulating Again
Each year the Internet must be shut down for 24 hours in order to
allow us to clean it. The cleaning process, which eliminates dead
email and inactive ftp, www and gopher sites, allows for a
better-working and faster Internet.
Not all amused by WFNX joke on Bulger
By the time the DJs at WFNX radio announced that the fugitive
gangster's arrest was an April Fool's Day prank, the daughter of
one of the Bulger gang's alleged victims had frantically called
friends and relatives to announce that he had finally been caught
after seven years on the lam. The FBI was barraged with calls from
Blast from the Past:
Net pranksters fool with Explorer
A Swiss Web site run by the International Data Group, PC Tip,
caused a sensation by posting what appeared to be a "special
preview" version of Internet Explorer 4.0 for users to download.
Meanwhile, Microsoft spoofed its own Internet Explorer Web site
with a page that proclaimed the fictitious arrival of "Internet
Top 10 April
Fool's Day hoaxes of all time