April Fools

Here's how the Internet celebrated the New Year (well, new to some):


  • Freenode Head of Staff Rob Levin jokingly suggests to everyone on the Freenode IRC network that everyone should go over to OFTC and announce that Freenode has closed down and pointed its domain name at OFTC, the resulting flood resembles a botnet.
  • MMM Commentaries, a site devoted to alternate DVD commentaries, made available an exclusive commentary for Raiders of the Lost Ark, with Arlen Spector, who was promoted as a key grip from the film.
  • Free Energy News posted a spoof set of news bullets, such as "Car runs off road kill"; "Energizer Bunny arrested - Charged with battery"; and "Nano stirling engine created to harness cigarette smoke energy to power air freshener."
  • The online retailer ThinkGeek offered for sale a caffeine inhaler, wireless extension cords, an iZilla player, and a desktop genetically engineering such mythical creatures as dragons, unicorns, and gryphons.
  • Mobile Gazette announces plans by the British government to close down the country's GSM networks for re-use with a top secret citizen surveillance program.
  • Esctoday.com, UK announces various fake products such as a grow your own 1-up mushroom kit, a new reality show, where celebrities will operate on members of the public. This entertainment news item seems to be in AOL members-only pages. The link for members of a website covering the Eurovision Song Contest, reports that from 2007, the competition will be open to 55 say, "Stuff for the Smart Asses". [1] ThinkGeek also put a banner announcing PlayStation 3 "now shipping" [2]. The banner says: "click to order" but nothing happens as it is a not linked banner. In the source code, under the banner, it says "tanning center. Their tagline: "Stuff for the Smart Masses" has the "M" crossed out to swill. Avert gaze now. Go away."
  • Vast.com launches a search engine that scours the net to find 185,000 valid credit card numbers and identity histories.
  • The Economist announced that GeneDupe is working on plans to genetically engineer pet dragons. This story actually leaked out on March 31 2006, due to the need to release press releases on the day before publication.
  • Whirlpool, an Australian broadband news site, announced that Telstra will be rolling out its ADSL2+ service with useful bandwidth limited 2Mbit while "the remaining ADSL2+ bandwidth will be reserved for Telstra branded services such as Foxtel Digital via streaming set-top box, BigPond Movies, and an as-yet unnamed consumer VoIP product targeting consumers interested in a second phone line." [3]
  • IWOOT, a UK gadget site, offers for sale a tiny device that downloads your brain's memory to a 2GB USB Flash Drive.
  • BMW UK BMW announces the new "slow cameras gizmo".
  • Memento-Mori.com: Jared A. Sorensen, a game designer specializing in offbeat, innovative and independent roleplaying games, pulled a good joke on the role-playing game community by selectively dropping vague comments in his blog about licensing and IP issues during the past few weeks. Then just before April Fools day, he posted that he was being forced to shut down his site. This hoax generated 11 pages of outpouring, anger, and support in the original RPG.net thread, a mention at the Forge in a post about legal information for publishers, heated debate on several mailing lists, and numerous entries on blogs across the role-playing game world. On the 31st, Sorensen's website went offline, and then a new one went up. When the joke was revealed, the posters from the first rpg.net thread turned on Sorensen in a second thread, and the moderators at rpg.net banned Sorensen until October 1, 2006.
  • Blizzard Entertainment announced that the new Alliance race for their upcoming World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade will be Wisps. They possess the radical ability to detonate themselves in order to strengthen their fellow players or weaken enemies. Due to the fact that the player would be permanently dead after doing this, many players claim that this is a joke, considering the news was released on March 31 - the day before April Fool's Day.
  • Channel 9 Mike Hall - Network Enabled Refrigeration Device (and pranks at Microsoft)
  • Apress Merger Apress announced it was merging with O'Reilly to form O'Really
  • Blizzard Entertainment has announced a new company-owned restaurant chain called BurgerCraft, in which you can order Yamato Burgers, Zealot Fries, and much more. You can also gain Hunger Points to reach the rank of Grand Gourmand and access the Secret Cow Level, the VIP lounge. While the press release is dated April 1, the annoucement on the main page is dated March 31.
  • Slashdot incorporated a pink "OMG!!! Ponies!!!" theme [4] at 00:00 UTC. This girlish theme is in stark contrast for a techie website believed to be mostly frequented by male nerds. A "Special Birthday Report" [5] about Jeff "Hemos" Bates emerged in the first minutes of the day. A link to Thinkgeek's wireless extension cords has also been posted.
  • Svencoop.com, a domain website for Half-Life based mod Sven Co-op, has been taken over by "Sven's Discount Co-operative," an online shopping store, which claims to offer discounted products from TVs and DVD players to toys, clothing and kitchenware.
  • Ogrish reports a bizarre baby born in Nepal [6]
  • Grand Theft Auto: "Chicago" [7] announced for PlayStation 3 and coming October 2007. Whois lookup in the domain reveals "APRIL.GTACHICAGO.COM" and "FOOLS.GTACHICAGO.COM".
  • MSDN: Coding4Fun Day Special
  • Ctrl+Alt+Del - The main characters Ethan, Lucas, and Lilah have all swapped outfits in the April 1st comic.
  • Zooomr changes name to Zooooomr^3 and boasts Flickr-esque layout
  • deviantART announces a merger with myspace.com in their latest poll. $lolly makes mention of hacking and misappropriation of funds by a staff member and senior member in his April 1st Journal
  • THCNET appears to have been shut down by the MPAA and german GVU.
  • 2600 adopted a Google-like site layout.
  • Bob Ross Inc. announces a Bob Ross video game.
  • Mythic Entertainment (the makers of Dark Age of Camelot) tips their hat to Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Instead of getting a horse to ride when you wish to travel the realms, you are now placed on the shoulders of a large person, who runs to your destination, while clapping coconuts together. Additionally, if you go to fight an epic monster like a dragon, or the ruler of the underworld, you may be underwhelmed at their size. On the servers dedicated to roleplaying, many of the NPCs have a manner of speech that is quite unpopular with the residents.
  • iLounge adopts subscription model, and establishes hourly Q&A fee. iLounge
  • Aspira Media releases the new W3C CSS specifications update. [8]
  • United Bimmer - BMW forums overrun with pink and non-tasteful ricer modding.
  • PlanetHalfLife.com - Large Half-Life news site turns pink.
  • Givemebeats.com - The owner of the website, Mardix, told the producers on the website that he's filing a legal complaint against them, and that he's going to sell everybody's beat so he doesn't go to jail. This created a panic on the website. People wanted to remove their beats, but their account was locked, making them impossible to make any changes. But later on that day, a new version is released.
  • Paper Programs, a small open source development group was bought up by Microsoft
  • Google Operating System Blog introduces Google Browser, a fast, versatile and secure text browser for the Internet. Google Browser is free, already out of beta, and the installer has only 1.68 MB.
  • IceBB, a small PHP message board system, was renamed JarJar. [9]
  • Y-hosting's Yaoi Gallery has been claimed by deviantART, and will now feature yuri and heterosexual art.
  • eBaum's World - Created multiple fake government regulation sites involving the "Internet Regulations and Legislation Bureau"; showed censored versions of several of their media to get the point across. [10]
  • ActiveWin.com has posted 6 exclusive screenshots of an early Alpha version of Windows IE 8.0, codename "Teahupoo".
  • SitePoint published an article giving advice on how to build your own successful Web 2.0 application. The article satirizes the recent eBook, Getting Real published by the poster-child of Web 2.0 businesses, 37signals, and among its suggestions advises readers to "set it up and sell it off -- implementation is for losers!"
  • DivX Head Up Display (XHUD), an in-car head up display for projecting DivX video on your front windshield.
  • Uncyclopedia, claims to have been bought by Apple Computer in a "corporate takeover". [11]
  • textfiles.com, claims to have merged with Google to form Toogle.
  • golemtemplates.com, Template web page switches their layout to display terrible web designs and stock photos no one would want.
  • Revolution Report, published an article claiming that the final name of Nintendo's new console had been released. [12]
  • Homestar Runner has most of the website upside-down.
  • Homestar Runner Wiki retrograded back from MediaWiki to WikkiTikkiTavi.
  • Neptune Circle has replaced it's main page with a phony Myspace page for it's charecer, Clarence.
  • the cosmotron Changed it's contents to match that of cosmotron.
  • The PWN Shop LAN shut down by Hillary Clinton for promoting violent video games.
  • Astronomy Picture of the day sing the new camera on the Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers have been able to confirm that the Moon is made of green cheese. The telling clue was the resolution of a marked date after which the Moon may go bad.
  • Kingdom of Loathing index page redirects to a fake cybersquatting page - clicking any of the links returns to the game. Many of the "ultra-rare" adventures happen frequently, but fail to drop the ultra-rare item, with a fake MySQL error message.
  • Woot.com sold a $19.99 "MAG KleerDrain Instant Drain Opener", and the "I want one!" button was modified to follow the user's cursor, disallowing them from doing anything on the site other than buying the product. Also self-declared as the '06 Worst Woot Candidate.
  • TVEps is reporting that Isaac 'Chef' Hayes not leaving southpark after all. He comes clean that it was a publicity stunt.
  • Zombie Squad turned into "Happy Team" for April fool's day.
  • StarTrek.com claims to have an exclusive preview of a new version of the website, but the link goes to a cheaply made 90s webpage about Star Trek, flashing graphics and all. [13]
  • Airliners.net changed their colors saying, "With over 98% male users, Airliners.net needs to take major action to attract more female visitors."
  • Slim Devices releases the K.R.O.N.O.S
  • How Stuff Works Has two articles, one on animated tattoos and one on hydro-ordnance.
  • Fark.com Has been taken over by teh haxors. Oh noes!
  • SectionZ claims in an email to subscribers that due to a lawsuit, the underground electronic music website will go offline forever. A link in the email forwards users to a YTMND page stating it was an April Fools Joke.
  • Fetish Cycles is bought out by Quality Bike Products, introduce the "Snuff" frame. [14]
  • UbuntuStudio, a wiki for using Ubuntu Linux for a digital music studio, redirects to FruityLoops.com, a Windows application.
  • The nUbuntu Linux distribution homepage has adopted a pink background and a banner proclaiming "OMG PONIES!". Coincidentally, the nUbuntu team has been asked to cease development immediately, one day before April Fool's day.
  • Tron Sector announced a fake Tron sequel, Tron: No More Goofing Around.
  • CollegeHumor.com fakes what looks like an overseas webpage. The original is available from a link in the new page.
  • Ars Technica announces they have a golden-master version of Duke Nukem Forever.
  • The British rugby union site Planet-Rugby.com [http://www.planet-rugby.com/Tournaments/British_Irish_Lions/story_include players from France and Italy, to take effect with the Lions' next scheduled tour to South Africa in 2009.
  • ticalc.org and Detached Solutions have changed their main pages to look l50072.shtml ran a news story] claiming that the British and Irish Lions would be expanded to ike they were taken by domain name squatters.
  • Ufck Forums was overtaken by Kern and his man-love was spread everywhere
  • BattleRealms.us turned into a "Donkey Singing" along with a color scheme change that is far different from the default red and black that they use.
  • WRANKmusic - instead of the normal music news site, points to a Fraggle Rock fan club web site last edited in 1999.
  • Yahoo! buys all the Web 2.0 companies in existence.
    • Goobix.com has announced that it was acquired by Yahoo! as a Web 2.0 company, following their evil plan of dominating the "Web 2.0" Internet. [15]
    • Juxel.com ([NSFW]) also announced it was acquired by Yahoo!, and changed their logo to match. [16]
  • Opera Software launches an online photo library called Opera Models, an alternative to the polished style of existing photo libraries. [17]
  • Tokyo Toshokan has been shut down by the United States Supreme Court (A white link, effectively blending in with the background, reveals the joke.).
  • Dotcomr has announced that they will be changing names back to their previous names and were at one time considering bologna sandwhich.
  • GameStay, reports that Microsoft to solve backward compatibility and save game issues, releases the Xbox into Xbox 360 Connection Kit code-named Mea Culpa.
  • Newsforge has announced that Linus Torvalds and the OSDL have formed the world's first Open Source Dress for Success University (OSDSU).
  • Newgrounds.com annouced that they have acquired I-Mockery.com. The actual I-Mockery homepage was styled to look Newgrounds-branded.
  • StarWars.com made an announcement on its main page linking to an article explaining that characters from the Willow universe had been inserted into the official Star Wars canon.[18]
  • Wookieepedia temporarilly made Earth its featured article. See Earth at Wookieepedia.
  • Kotaku,Lifehacker and Gizmodo, all part of Gawker Media have dubbed Apirl 1st "Z-day" where humanity has been affected by an onslaught of zombies. Each site is treating the subject according to their specific topic (i.e. Gizmodo features Zombie related gadgets, Lifehacker discusses how to be successful in the post zombie apocalypse world).
  • Gamefaqs shows a "You can cheat, but you can't hide" main page. In addition, the real main page is intentionally non-sensical, including choices such as "Snakes on a Plane", LUEshi, and "O RLY? YA RLY!" (all have been fads of the LUE forum), The Daily Grind forum was ressurected, the letter "e" is banned on the controversial LUE forum and three new secret boards have been created.
  • Google Romance is announced by Google.[19]. They have also added some visitors to Area 51 and a dog at the Whitehouse, in Google Earth. However, their GMail logo is real, displaying the fact that April 1st marks its second birthday.
  • BitmeTV Announced can't hide" page (A parody of the MPAA's anti-piracy catchphrase, "You can click but you can't hide") and claims to be shut down by court order. In addition, the Poll of the Day on thethat they are randomly disabling accounts due to serverload
  • StarTrekOnline.net reported the "announcement" of the identity of the 9th playable race in Perpetual Entertainment's upcoming MMO Star Trek Online. The site immediately swore its allegience to Star Wars Galaxies, with a full main site redesign.
  • Seraphic, an online web comic, announced that a live action version of the story will air as a miniseries on the Sci-Fi Channel this fall. The home page of the web site has been changed to look like a scifi.com page.
  • Uknova The main page was changed to look like a BBC Article that reported the site (and others) had been taken down via a swoop against Bittorrent from the BBC.
  • NarniaWeb posted several hoaxes related to the next installment of The Chronicles of Narnia film series, including an announcement that Mr. T had been cast to voice Reepicheep the mouse.
  • Hungarian Unix Portal Tha main page was changed to: D3f4<3d>
  • NationStates The Main page was changed to NationDates.
  • Wizards of the Coast announces that they will be publishing My Little Pony: The Roleplaying game as a d20 system game to introduce young girls into roleplaying games and make them more likely to play Dungeons&Dragons when they are older.
  • Good-TutorialsAnnouncement of the 'new layout' is actually the two year old design
  • NME NME runs fake story about Blur reforming to create dirty rock album. "Foo Fighters are gonna wet their pants when they hear it."
  • TeeVeePedia is a Wikipedia parody from TeeVee.org -- this is their 10th annual April Fool's Day site!
  • Distorted View Podcast Tim Henson edited the show to be in reverse order.
  • Flickr has turned their Explore und Interestingnessinto a "cats only" extravaganza.
  • Two prominent git hackers announced they will begin working for BitMover Inc..
  • Pkmn.net reported that the elusive Celebi could be caught in Pokémon Emerald. In addition, anyone typing 'Pokémon' in the forums would have it come out as 'Digimon', among many other things.
  • Chicago-based furniture retailer Walter E. Smithe announced on their website (at http://www.smithe.com/field.htm) that they had signed an agreement with the Chicago Cubs to construct a dome over Wrigley Field, and to rename the park Walter E. Smithe Field.
  • OpenOffice.org's website has a news story about a takeover of the open-source office suite by Microsoft. The link to the full story goes to a hoax page.
  • Iexbeta.com "announced" that one of its administrators, Taco Bell, had taken over the website and rebranded it as Taco Beta.
  • Linkfilter changes its default theme to resemble that of MetaFilter [20].
  • Meshteam.com Got "hacked" by Neo! Oh Noes. Which prompted a great opportunity to implement their new site design.
  • The online design and gaming community Clantemplates had told all members the sale of their network, Z6, for several hundred thousands of dollars.
  • YoungCoders.com, while planning their hoax, announced that one of their administrators, Mau, had left due to arguments with the moderators on when April 1st actually is.
  • LiveJournal has been taken over by pirate interns, who create their own LJ Island and declare rules, such as "all trolls must walk the plank". They are also holding a contest for best pirate icon.
  • The online webcomic and flash video site Weebles-Stuff featured a story about the creator being run over by a 4x4 and landing a stay in hospital.
  • The makers of Cowtopia.com created MyDairyCow.com a service offering in-home or office dairy cows.
  • Bebo, an online social network site especially popular in the UK and Ireland, announced a "Forehead Advertising" campaign where users could earn "gold member status" if they sent in pictures of themselves with "Bebo" written on their forehead. The next day the announcement added "OK, so this started out as an April Fool's joke, but a rather large number of people actually did it, so who are we not to honor our promise!"
  • The major Megaman community web-sites, Sprites INC,Rockman Perfect Memories, Atomic Fire and Megaman Network all reported the same fake game Rockman Forte was being developed for the Nintendo DS, and screenshots had been "found" on Capcom's FTP server. More information on this community prank can be found here.
  • The Touchstone Gadget (Attention Management Engine) crew announced that they were acquired by Google. "This deal will allow us to tap into Google's secret network of spies and assassins to ensure that we can gather intelligence on your interests, and kill people who waste your attention."
  • Overheard in New York redirected to a dummy 'Overheard in Space' website.
  • Online retailer geeks.com advertised a "GeekThing" combination cell-phone/PDA/MP3 player/recorder/GPS/Universal remote/hologram projector.... here and here
  • Digital Inspiration announced that Robert Scoble has quit Microsoft to join Apple.
tags: April Fools, Apr 1, Humor

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