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NPR's April Fools joke demonstrates the importance of RTMFA.
posted by divabat on Apr 6, 2014 - 95 comments

The hottest prospect in Mets history is a lifelong Cubs fan

"I called Joe," Stewart remembers, "and asked if he wanted to come to spring training with me. I said, 'The Mets have this pitcher they picked up. They got him pitching in secret, under a big tarp. He has a 168 mile an hour fastball and he plays the French horn and went to Harvard and he was raised in Tibet by Buddhist monks and he pitches with one foot bare and one foot in a boot. And guess what? You're going to be him.'" [more inside]
posted by zarq on Apr 1, 2013 - 23 comments

They could be talking smack about seals

For this April the first, NPR has a touching story on the efforts to record the stories of retired Navy dolphins.
posted by filthy light thief on Apr 1, 2013 - 13 comments

YouTube, and perhaps the greatest online April Fools ever

It's finally time to pick the winner… and we're 10 hours in. Earlier today, YouTube declared that it is finally time to pick a winner with the service shutting down at midnight upon declaring the winner. YouTube has been livestreaming the nominee ceremony for 10 hours now. [more inside]
posted by whyareyouatriangle on Apr 1, 2013 - 63 comments

The April fools

The editors of two college newspapers have stepped down after they released April Fool's Day editions that were not well-received by their respective campuses. Abby Spudich resigned as editor of the University of Missouri's Maneater (renamed the Carpeteater and filled with "highly offensive, sexist and crude" content for April Fool's) after writing an apology letter, and Chelsea Diana of the Boston University Daily Free Press was forced to resign after overseeing an ill-conceived April Fool's edition called the Disney Free Press, which included satirical articles about rape, prostitution and drug use. She also wrote an apology, as did the paper's board of directors.
posted by Clustercuss on Apr 11, 2012 - 85 comments

April Fools for Physicists

Some physicists celebrate April Fools Day by posting spurious papers to the arXiv preprint server.

Non-detection of the Tooth Fairy at Optical Wavelengths
We report a non-detection, to a limiting magnitude of V = 18.4, of the elusive entity commonly described as the Tooth Fairy. We review various physical models and conclude that follow-up observations must precede an interpretation of our result.
[more inside]
posted by alby on Apr 3, 2012 - 16 comments

Why can't I find Amanda Hugginkiss?

A GRAVE JOKE ON UNDERTAKERS — Some malicious wag at Providence, R.I. has been playing a grave practical joke on the undertakers there, by summoning them over the telephone to bring freezers, candlesticks and coffin for persons alleged to be dead. In each case the denouement was highly farcical, and the reputed corpses are now hunting in a lively manner for that telephonist.
Paul Collins uncovers the birth of the prank call. [more inside]
posted by Horace Rumpole on Nov 6, 2011 - 28 comments

Related: Before @aplusk became a Twitter star, he did a TV show called "PUNK'D"

TweetForger is the Ultimate Twitter Tool, creating webpages that look like Tweets from anybody who has a Twitter account with messages that you provide. Think of it as putting 140 characters into somebody else's mouth. (but with a flagging option for those who are not amused) Perfect for the waning hours of April Fools Day. [more inside]
posted by oneswellfoop on Apr 1, 2011 - 8 comments

Wheel of Jeopardy!

Exactly fourteen years ago, the day's episodes of Wheel of Fortune (Part 2) and Jeopardy! (Part 2, Part 3) seemed slightly different somehow.
posted by kmz on Apr 1, 2011 - 22 comments

Ever since the local American Apparel closed it’s been impossible to find any ironic tees within biking distance.

Sourcebits Launches The Hipster’s Companion, a Guide to Making Your Life Better. Finally, the app that lets you prove just how much better you are than everyone else without even having to try. This critical guide will help users better their lives by replacing their totally lame everyday tasks with hipster-approved alternatives. [more inside]
posted by Servo5678 on Apr 1, 2011 - 154 comments

A perpetual notion

Video evidence supports the possibility of perpetual motion. [more inside]
posted by twoleftfeet on Apr 1, 2011 - 22 comments

The (Other) Other White Meat

The National Pork Board believes in unicorns. Or, at least, its lawyers seem to think that canned unicorn meat is a real product. [more inside]
posted by emilyd22222 on Jun 26, 2010 - 50 comments

April Fools Shenanigans

April Fools 2010: The Definitive List from TechCrunch. Prank-pulling on this day has been around for more than 500 years. The earliest recorded association between April 1 and foolishness can be found in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales (1392). In other parts of the world: it's poisson d’avril in France and Canada, only until noon in the Commonwealth countries, prima aprilis in Poland, was Hunt-the-Gowk Day in Scotland, Maj-kat in Denmark and on December 28th in Spain. [more inside]
posted by nickyskye on Apr 1, 2010 - 33 comments

That would be cheating!

Open source April 1st: Lunixkcd.
posted by Monday, stony Monday on Mar 31, 2010 - 65 comments

Games are jerks.

For April Fool's Day, Wired's Game|Life goes over some of the meanest tricks games have done to their players. (note: spoilers)
posted by flatluigi on Mar 31, 2010 - 64 comments

Exploring an Abandoned Hotel in Southern California

Exploring an Abandoned Hotel in Southern California [via mefi projects]
posted by dunkadunc on Mar 31, 2010 - 66 comments

Congrats, you're a millionaire! April Fools! That'll be $819.99

Who are the Fools here? "Many customers of Zecco Trading logged into their brokerage account yesterday to be greeted with a slightly higher buying power than before… on the order of 6 to 13 million dollars!" So what'd these customers do? They bought stocks. Oops. SEC may be getting involved. [more inside]
posted by waraw on Apr 5, 2009 - 41 comments

Random Word Stimulation

Random word stimulation is a technique for generating ideas by associations with random words. You'll find more about it at this site and the relevant Wikipedia article. (Previously)
posted by twoleftfeet on Apr 1, 2009 - 13 comments


April 1 is the 91st day of the year (92nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 274 days remaining until the end of the year. April 1 is most notable in the Western world for being April Fools' Day. [more inside]
posted by jbickers on Mar 31, 2009 - 42 comments

April Fools 2008

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 on Mar 31, 2008 - 41 comments

A Moveable Feast

A glass bong filled with a corked '82 Petrus. Most exclusive restaurant in Chicago, or best April Fool's prank ever? I have reservations!
posted by timsteil on Mar 29, 2008 - 32 comments

Google TiSP (BETA)

"Google TiSP (BETA) is a fully functional, end-to-end system that provides in-home wireless access by connecting your commode-based TiSP wireless router to one of thousands of TiSP Access Nodes via fiber-optic cable strung through your local municipal sewage lines." The free version offers 10x the speed of a normal DSL. Press release and FAQ (with features and prices).
posted by Memo on Mar 31, 2007 - 29 comments


In the study of mythology, folklore and religion, a trickster is a god, goddess, spirit, human hero or anthropomorphic animal who plays pranks or otherwise disobeys normal rules and norms of behaviour.

Tricksters come in all forms, from all cultures. Notable examples include Br'er Rabbit, Odysseus, Eshu, Raven, and Loki; most or all of whom you are likely familiar with.
posted by Eideteker on Apr 29, 2006 - 31 comments

Flickr April Fools

Flickr Interestingness has gone to the cats. It's sort of a joke how many cat photos are "Interesting" on Flickr. It seems for April Fools Day, Flickr has gone to the cats.
posted by eperker on Apr 1, 2006 - 24 comments

True Love is only a search away

Dating is a search problem. Solve it with Google Romance. When you think about it, love is just another search problem. And we’ve thought about it. A lot. Google Romance™ is our solution. You might want to start by browsing a few popular profiles, here, here, or here. Enjoy.
posted by nearo on Apr 1, 2006 - 28 comments

PSAs from NBC

Public Service Announcements from the staff of NBC's "The Office."
posted by ColdChef on Mar 31, 2006 - 41 comments

Chinese Democracy to be released April 1

The Endless Wait Is Over! After 15 years, Guns N’ Roses will finally release its nearly mythical album, Chinese Democracy. Chuck Klosterman has the exclusive first review of the new record, which features a 14 minute "rap-rock anthem" called "Pound You (Good)," several songs that "make thinly veiled references to the architect who designed Rose's backyard topiary garden," and attacks on the media, including "the editors of Vanity Fair, MTV personality Sway, numerous teenage bloggers, and the city hall reporter for the Cincinnati Enquirer (who, curiously, has never written about pop music)." Rock on, Axl Rose. Rock on.
posted by pardonyou? on Mar 31, 2006 - 39 comments

Black day as EU fools with place names

The Scotsman's contribution to April Fool's yesterday was a satirical bit on Political Correctness: "European bureaucrats will push forward legislation today to force the Scottish Executive to change place-names that offend or discriminate on the grounds of race and gender. The commissioners in Brussels have demanded 'race and gender-sensitive' names found for towns such as Motherwell, Blackburn, Helensburgh, Fort William, Campbeltown, Peterhead, Lewis and Fraserburgh be changed."
posted by jenleigh on Apr 2, 2005 - 16 comments

A Swift Bickerstaff, sir!

Jonathan Swift and April Fool's. In March of 1708 Swift published a pamphlet (under the name Isaac Bickerstaff) predicting the death of a popular astrological charlatan (John Partridge) who had predicted the demise of the COE. On March 29th, Swift published an account of the fulfillment of the prophecy and of the man's death, convincing people, despite Partridge's protestations, that the man claiming to be Partridge was an imposter. The Bickerstaff-Partridge Papers.
Ben Franklin used a similar prank when he started Poor Richard's.
HP Lovecraft used the name Isaac Bikerstaff Jr., in 1914, when attacking "a quack named Hartmann, a devotee of the pseudo-science of Astrology."
posted by OmieWise on Apr 1, 2005 - 7 comments

Best Holiday

Today by far is my favorite holiday. It's the one day that webmasters get to be creative and do things that normally wouldn't fit with their sites general themes. For example, Google attempts a high tech way of quenching peoples thirsts, Wikipedia sells out to Britannica, a RFC is written on Morality, and much much more!
posted by Urgo on Mar 31, 2005 - 44 comments

I often try and explain it by quoting Barbarella

I mean, who wants to transform themselves into an alien, you know? Joshua does. With disturbing results.
Q: And his ears?
A: I cut them off. It was not hard.

posted by kirkaracha on Aug 3, 2004 - 27 comments

What fools these mortals be.

Regularly-updated listing of today's April Fools jokes on the web. Add 'em if you've got 'em.
posted by Fourmyle on Apr 1, 2004 - 16 comments

April Fools

Top 100 April Fools Hoaxes of all time. Also, April Fools on the Net - a history of newsgroup April Fools posts.
posted by badstone on Apr 1, 2004 - 3 comments

Heavy Metal

Pictures of the tin-foil apartment - a New Year's Eve prank taken to the nth degree...
posted by skechada on Jan 14, 2004 - 27 comments

April's Fools day, and the origins thereof.

Anybody know the origin of April Fool's day? We already have a post about the greatest hoaxes of all time, but doesn't anybody know WHY we hoax and trick? I won't tell you why here....but I find it funny, what with the current jingoism and all, that it comes from France...after you digest that first link, read more at
posted by taumeson on Apr 1, 2003 - 8 comments

Unintended comedy?

The End of Free has an ad on it now. [actual april fools sightings inside]
posted by mathowie on Apr 1, 2003 - 39 comments

Pay no attention to the shooting.

As a brief distraction from all the death and destruction, let's head over to the museum of hoaxes, where we'll find the top 100 April Fool's day pranks of all time. Good luck with your own respective hoaxing.
posted by jonz on Mar 31, 2003 - 5 comments

if you can find time to pull the metafilter stick out of your collective behinds ...

Remember everyone tomorrow, April 1st, is Make Fun of Dick and Lynne Cheney day, (because Neal Pollack said so). If you run any kind of website or publication and have the power to mock, belittle or poke fun at the second family, it's your patriotic duty to do so.
posted by alan on Mar 31, 2003 - 18 comments

Lady Liberty no longer wanted?

Lady Liberty no longer wanted? Thanks to a backlash against the French for their refusal to back the US, one group wants to return the Statue of Liberty to France. Is it real or is it a joke?
posted by girlhacker on Mar 19, 2003 - 17 comments

Bill Gates fooled by Quebec radio station.

Bill Gates fooled by Quebec radio station. 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.
posted by ncurley on Apr 4, 2002 - 7 comments

MIT webpage modified for April Fool's Day.

MIT webpage modified for April Fool's Day. We've seen the Google Pigeon page, and EBay, and even our beloved Mefi (can I say that I actually like this look better?). Have we got a thread which is collecting web page AFD jokes? I didn't see one. If not, perhaps this could serve as a start?
posted by jokeefe on Apr 1, 2002 - 10 comments

According to this editorial,

According to this editorial, April Fools hoaxes violate a fundamental trust between readers and the media and undermine the mission they're supposed to serve. Though opinion polls have never put "The Media" high on anyone's list of favorite organizations, I probably have to disagree in that April Fools hoaxes actually do more to help the media by revealing their sense of humor and giving them a touch of the everyman.
posted by tiny pea on Apr 1, 2002 - 30 comments

On Martha Stewart Living this morning,

On Martha Stewart Living this morning, Martha showed how to make the perfect glass of water, how to peel a grape, and how to add a decorative touch to cereal boxes. I was almost sucked in. Nice work Martha, who knew she could laugh at herself? What other April Fool's Day pranks and pages have you found?
posted by jasonshellen on Apr 1, 2002 - 17 comments

april fools from ebay

april fools from ebay i hadn't realized it was april fools until the nice people at ebay reminded me.
posted by ggggarret on Apr 1, 2002 - 6 comments

Metafilter taken over by kuo5hin?

Metafilter taken over by kuo5hin? April fool, everyone.
posted by Cobbler on Apr 1, 2002 - 22 comments

PrayStation . Year Zero

PrayStation . Year Zero "For those who don't know. Every year for the past 4 years April fools day has always been when I tear down my current website - and replace it with praystation year 0 - my very first posting to the domain. Enjoy it or hate it." Don't miss this link. It's only up for one day only.
posted by Brilliantcrank on Mar 31, 2002 - 0 comments

You've got Blogs! AOL buys into homegrown media.

You've got Blogs! AOL buys into homegrown media. April Fools Day starts with a bang in the UK. Determined to get linked by many a weblog, they put out a story about AOL purchasing popular weblogs. In related news, MetaFilter was said to be signing a merger agreement with Kuro5hin to pool content between the two sites.
posted by wackybrit on Mar 31, 2002 - 14 comments

Are You Ready For April Fool's Day?

Are You Ready For April Fool's Day? Better read the Museum of Hoaxes's March Newsletter to find out. Certain pranks are already in progress, while other recent hoaxes - of which at least one was seriously discussed here on MetaFilter - remain fresh in our minds. Real aficionados and sleuths, of course, will head straight for the hoax websites pages, where some seem too good - or too awful - not to be true. In Southern Europe, April Fool's Day is known as Liars' Day and everyone is entitled - nay, compelled! - to invent at least one big whopper. Any ideas?
posted by MiguelCardoso on Mar 30, 2002 - 35 comments

Government GPS surveillance through your digital camera.

Government GPS surveillance through your digital camera. A DOJ project to go after pedophiles and obscenity-mongers by regulating digital still and motion cameras is slated to be introduced in Congress:

A DOJ project code-named "Indecent Images" plans to implant technologies developed to automatically recognize hard-core Internet sex images into the next generation of cameras. An II-compliant camera will refuse to take illegal photographs or videos, and could even quietly tip off law enforcement to illicit behavior. . .

The II draft says that "any variant" of digital still or video camera must include a GPS device and a transmitter that is compatible with U.S. pager networks. When a child pornographer takes an illegal photo, the camera recognizes it and transmits an encrypted message containing the image, the date, and the location to the local police -- who would then raid the home and save the child from continued erotic exploitation.

They've got to be kidding. I'm not endorsing exploiting kids, natch, but I can't believe this this kind of surveillance is even being contemplated. . .

Then again, remembering Ashcroft's beady little eyes. . . (via J. Orlin Grabbe)
posted by aflakete on Apr 2, 2001 - 26 comments

Pith and Vinegar is a hosting company now?

Pith and Vinegar is a hosting company now?
posted by ronsens on Apr 1, 2001 - 10 comments

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