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April Fools 2008
March 31, 2008 2:05 PM   Subscribe

AprilFoolsDayOnTheWeb brings you the most complete listing of April Fools' Day Jokes that Web Sites have run each year from 2004 all the way up to today. Also, the Top 100 April Fool's Day Hoaxes of All Time. Meanwhile, Google seems to be up to its old tricks...
posted by Effigy2000 (41 comments total) 6 users marked this as a favorite

 
Yippee. I can't wait.

Sadly, they'll never top Google Paper. (ROFL WOT? OMGWTF!)
posted by Dr-Baa at 2:13 PM on March 31, 2008


Dang ol' Aussies ruining Google's joke for us USians.
posted by Burhanistan at 2:13 PM on March 31, 2008


No, no, they didn't ruin the joke! We're seeing tomorrow's Google because it can see into the future!
posted by misha at 2:34 PM on March 31, 2008 [2 favorites]


Ugh. Internet Jackass Day
posted by jca at 2:34 PM on March 31, 2008 [4 favorites]


"from 2004 all the way up to today."


That long?!?!?

That's totally like...four years!
posted by stenseng at 2:49 PM on March 31, 2008


Ugh. Internet Jackass Day

Very true. It wouldn't be so bad if they stopped circulating on April 2. But people don't delete the fake stories from their archives, and you know that "Microsoft buying Ubuntu" story (or whoever it is this year) won't die until well into May.
posted by Gary at 2:52 PM on March 31, 2008


hurf durf grump grump
posted by dmd at 3:01 PM on March 31, 2008


Google stole my idea
posted by sswiller at 3:05 PM on March 31, 2008


For many years, I would call my mother on April 1st, and say "Hey mom, I'm in jail". And every year she'd go "God damn it, really?"

And then I'd say 'no', and she'd get all mad and laugh with me.

This won't be funny if I get arrested tomorrow. Seriously.
posted by quin at 3:11 PM on March 31, 2008 [1 favorite]


So, does MeFi do anything for April Fools' Day?
posted by flatluigi at 3:15 PM on March 31, 2008


Mefi has never done, and will never do, anything to recognize April Fools' Day. If you won't take my word for it, just ask our new CEO and managing partner, Jeff Bezos.
posted by cortex at 3:20 PM on March 31, 2008 [5 favorites]


(More on mefi's historical rejection of 4/1 here.)
posted by cortex at 3:24 PM on March 31, 2008


I remember MET4FILTER.ORG.
posted by infinitewindow at 3:27 PM on March 31, 2008


“This is old news. I read about this announcement yesterday on Google.”
posted by Poolio at 3:30 PM on March 31, 2008


April 1 -- the only day of the year that paranoid conspiracy theorists are completely justified...
posted by Alexandra Kitty at 3:32 PM on March 31, 2008


The gDay technology – developed in the company's Sydney engineering centre – uses machine learning and artificial intelligence techniques from a system called MATE, or Machine Automated Temporal Extrapolation.

gDay MATE. I love Australia.
posted by phatkitten at 3:49 PM on March 31, 2008


I still maintain that the best internet April Fools Day joke ever happened in 2004:

google.com : 1GB of Email Space (THIS MIGHT BE REAL!!)

I love the idea that with all the pranks, they would choose to launch an unexpected new (and fantastic) product on this day.

It was brilliant.
posted by quin at 3:50 PM on March 31, 2008


Is the google prank actually a google prank, or is it a news.com.au prank?
posted by mrnutty at 3:58 PM on March 31, 2008


So Death Cab for Cutie's new album leaked....
posted by Christ, what an asshole at 4:02 PM on March 31, 2008


I call for April 1st to be declared "Earth Day." The Internet will be down for 24 hours and only start up again when all the tomfoolery is over and we can get back to the serious business of looking at pictures of kittens.
posted by SPrintF at 4:20 PM on March 31, 2008


Google stole my idea
To be fair, that's your fault for putting it on your blog tomorrow.
posted by GeckoDundee at 4:26 PM on March 31, 2008


mrnutty: It's a google prank.
posted by pompomtom at 4:29 PM on March 31, 2008


Not only is April 1 my oldest brother's wedding anniversary (still married after 30+ years, joke's on him, huh?), it is also the day we used to put salt in the sugar bowl.

You know, before the internet.
posted by Marie Mon Dieu at 5:05 PM on March 31, 2008


So, I came in to work this morning and found that some fucker had laboriously gone around to everyone's desks and turned all the monitors around. 40 or so desks, two monitors on most of them. What kind of person can spend that long doing something that stupid and annoying without stopping to question it, and why are we hiring them?
posted by plant at 5:28 PM on March 31, 2008


The monitors themselves are actually staging a civil protest against being forced to display bad Digg hoaxes all day.
posted by cortex at 5:35 PM on March 31, 2008


We're through the stupid-glass here people!
posted by blue_beetle at 5:41 PM on March 31, 2008


i just lost the game
posted by xorry at 7:28 PM on March 31, 2008


YouTube UK's "featured video" prank is rather entertaining.
posted by itchie at 7:49 PM on March 31, 2008


Top Ten Historical Hoaxes
posted by amyms at 7:56 PM on March 31, 2008


Damn game
posted by cd4337 at 8:19 PM on March 31, 2008


So Death Cab for Cutie's new album leaked....
posted by Christ, what an asshole


Eponysterical! I have a feeling I'm not the first to say that about you. :P
posted by patr1ck at 9:01 PM on March 31, 2008


Gordon Ramsay forbids swearing in his restaurants. He will fine staff and diners for cussing.
posted by Fuzzy Skinner at 9:52 PM on March 31, 2008


Right, so I've got Dinosaur Comics redirecting to (or hosting?) xkcd, xkcd redirecting to Questionable Content, and the latter redirecting to Dinosaur Comics.

THE JOKE'S ON YOU, DICKHEADS! IT'S PAST MIDDAY!

(according to time-honoured tradition, i am now entitled to fill your pillows with kangaroo dung, and you have to sleep on them!)
posted by UbuRoivas at 10:41 PM on March 31, 2008


Gmail custom time. I lol'ed.
posted by youarenothere at 11:19 PM on March 31, 2008


"This feature allows people to manipulate and mislead people with falsified time data. Time is a sacred truth that should never be tampered with."

Michael L., Epistemology Professor

posted by tehloki at 5:14 AM on April 1, 2008


My favorite Google April Fool's joke was Gmail Paper. It was very well thought out, and it fooled me just long enough to get the feeling of being taken in, rather than the immediate "this is a joke" reaction. I guess because I know a lot of people who insist on printing out their email, it seems like a plausible market. I like how they handle attachments.
posted by Fuzzy Skinner at 5:15 AM on April 1, 2008


This Strobist post got me this morning. The target audience is a little smaller than most of these, but I feel like it's the best April Fool's joke I've seen in years.
posted by (parenthetic me) at 6:56 AM on April 1, 2008


I love this Beta to HD-DVD converter.
posted by Fuzzy Skinner at 10:19 AM on April 1, 2008


Gmail custom time. I lol'ed.

So did I. The first time. When it was called Einstein Express. [/david spade]

The Legend of Zelda trailer was surprisingly well done.
posted by Gary at 10:46 AM on April 1, 2008


Double
posted by Smedleyman at 1:05 PM on April 1, 2008


xorry: "i just lost the game"

aaagh! me too.. thanks to you! i had been winning for the past 3 years or so. it cost me at least one call across several timezones.

thanks, though.
posted by papafrita at 3:32 PM on April 1, 2008


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