What fools these mortals be.
April 1, 2004 12:48 PM   Subscribe

metafilter. the fact that it took ages to load just may have been the point! :-)
posted by quonsar at 12:53 PM on April 1, 2004

MetaFilter.com - Turned in to a Wiki for the day
Out of the whole list, total of 4 links that were opened previously by me.
posted by thomcatspike at 12:55 PM on April 1, 2004

waxy's got a good list going too.
posted by mathowie at 1:14 PM on April 1, 2004

Ok, I've heard about the "Metafilter is a wiki for the day" thing, but have yet to see what anyone's talking about. I figured maybe it was because I was on the plain-text style, but changing it around doesn't help.

Did I just miss the fun?
posted by Lafe at 1:35 PM on April 1, 2004

Never mind, I'm an idiot. Found my answer on MeTa.
posted by Lafe at 1:37 PM on April 1, 2004

Hah! Poor Urgo. I know the guy hosting that site personally, he originally posted it in a Slashdot thread, which I assume is where you found it, Fourmyle? At any rate his webserver is now somewhat burnt toast.

He's been wanting a MeFi account for some time now, too; he's asking me to plead for one now that his site's been roasted ;)
posted by cyrusdogstar at 1:46 PM on April 1, 2004

Every year bluesnews usually has a good summary of the game related April Fools stories. Scroll down a bit for "April Fooling, Part 1".
posted by bobo123 at 1:57 PM on April 1, 2004

I also first saw this link on Slashdot which he was also posted on the Wiki earlier, annoying as it was (MeFi's server was so whacked I couldn't do anything!).
posted by jmd82 at 2:03 PM on April 1, 2004

End of an era. Dawg.
posted by brownpau at 2:17 PM on April 1, 2004

Apple: Once Bitten, No Longer

"The iPod is our Renee Zellweger," he said. "It completes us."
posted by turbodog at 3:34 PM on April 1, 2004

Ran across two good ones in the space of ten minutes, just in the course of normal daily browsing:

- From Broadway.com: "Jolie & Witherspoon Set for Big Screen Wicked". That sound you're hearing is 10,000 theatre queens suddenly clutching their chests in panic.

- Merriam-Webster's dictionary's daily Word for the Wise says that in an effort to remove political pressures and to stave off possible future boycotts, foods will no longer be named for countries and foods with countries in their names (Canadian bacon, French fries, Swedish meatballs, etc.) will be renamed. Note the name of the spokeswoman quoted.
posted by Asparagirl at 3:52 PM on April 1, 2004

Google's GMail is on that list, but I don't think it's a joke.
posted by boredomjockey at 3:55 PM on April 1, 2004

Note that the Broadway.com one was credible because you only see the headline on the front page, mixed in with other real news. The headline has changed throughout the day, at one point reading "Mel Gibson to helm a gorier 'Jesus Christ Superstar'".
posted by Asparagirl at 3:57 PM on April 1, 2004

this one's actually a good idea
posted by amberglow at 3:59 PM on April 1, 2004

The current bottom one to TidBits misses all the other ones they pulled today - Microsoft buys AOL among them. But the best by far (for deeply sad Mac types, ahem) was the OS 9 for G5s. Had me going...
posted by bonaldi at 4:38 PM on April 1, 2004

The Register claims that researchers have discovered the gene responsible for blogging.
However, the breakthrough raises serious ethical concerns. Is it right for parents to choose whether or not their child will be a weblogger? Can eradication of the gene provide a biological cure for solipism?
posted by thatwhichfalls at 8:55 AM on April 2, 2004

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