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Sun, Apr. 1st, 2012, 08:31 am
April Fool's Day

By far the best joke is the one pulled by Google: If you check out any Google Map, in the upper right corner you'll see a button marked "Quest". This turns your world into an 8-bit adventure game, even on the Street View. Go try it.

Any good online jokes we should check out? Political campaign statements don't count.

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Sun, Apr. 1st, 2012 12:40 pm (UTC)
rrcgoose

You can now get all of YouTube, now on DVD!

http://www.youtube.com/theyoutubecollection

Steve-

Sun, Apr. 1st, 2012 12:45 pm (UTC)
catlin

I don't want this to be a joke, I want to keep it!

Sun, Apr. 1st, 2012 01:17 pm (UTC)
maiac

Google's Really Advanced Search page makes me giggle, especially for the Douglas Adams reference.

My all-time favorite April Fool's Day hoax was the NPR news report in 1987 that Canada had purchased the state of Arizona ... because it wanted a warm water port. The report included interviews with the U.S. and Canadian trade delegates, the Canadian ambassador and "interim Governor-General" Bruce Babbitt, who were all wonderfully deadpan.

Sun, Apr. 1st, 2012 01:34 pm (UTC)
louisadkins

Link busted - there is a " at the end of the link that throws off the address.

Sun, Apr. 1st, 2012 01:57 pm (UTC)
maiac

And I can't edit the comment now, so here's a corrected link: Really Advanced Search.

Sun, Apr. 1st, 2012 02:49 pm (UTC)
barkman

George Takei's announcement of the new excelsior movie is pretty good...... It's his status on facebook......

Sun, Apr. 1st, 2012 03:06 pm (UTC)
redaxe

Found via the roundup at http://www.hot-deals.org/ , I like this one: Apple patents the rectangle:

The patent being asserted by Sewell and his crew is USPTO Patent #1,042,012, first granted to the American Mathematical Society in October 1912, subsequently renewed, then acquired by Apple at an unknown date.

The first entry among the patent's Claims describes "A quadrilateral having all four interior angles of 90°, opposite sides that are parallel, and congruent diagonals that bisect each other."

Yes, Apple is asserting a patent on the rectangle.


ETA: Two more good ones: Wag.com's splash page and today's Foxtrot (which Game of Thrones fans MUST go read).

Edited at 2012-04-01 04:49 pm (UTC)

Sun, Apr. 1st, 2012 03:31 pm (UTC)
tvskyle

http://www.powerrangers.com has a pretty funny one.

Sun, Apr. 1st, 2012 04:05 pm (UTC)
spotshouse

I love the new gmail tap. http://gmailblog.blogspot.com/2012/03/introducing-gmail-tap.html

Sun, Apr. 1st, 2012 04:50 pm (UTC)
jasperjones22

I like google racing....http://www.google.com/racing/

Sun, Apr. 1st, 2012 06:37 pm (UTC)
fair_witness

In the category of things that aren't actually happening but that people would buy anyway ... Scalzi's manga.

Sun, Apr. 1st, 2012 06:43 pm (UTC)
bayushisan

http://us.blizzard.com/en-us/news/?d=2012-4#312334

Blizzard always has a few good items up for April Fool's.

Sun, Apr. 1st, 2012 08:55 pm (UTC)
kshandra

Kodak LivePrint FTW.

Sun, Apr. 1st, 2012 09:19 pm (UTC)
siliconshaman

In the category of 'things that aren't true, [check the url] but might end becoming so', thinkgeek's technomancer hoodie.

Well, the taun-taun sleeping bag started as a joke...

Mon, Apr. 2nd, 2012 06:12 am (UTC)
pickledcritter: ThinkGeek

Every year Think Geek puts out fake products - however, ever since the tauntaun sleeping bag, the most popular actually get made.

I am SOOOO hoping the Star Wars Admiral Ackbar Singing Bass gets the nod, as it will be instantly going on the wall in the computer room in the new house we're moving into :)

Sun, Apr. 1st, 2012 09:43 pm (UTC)
smoooom

This one Canadian. But it's funny anyway

http://www.fairvote.ca/en/Fair-Vote-Canada-appoints-Pierre-Poutine-to-National-Advisory-Board

Tue, Apr. 3rd, 2012 06:07 am (UTC)
jasperjones22

OMG that is hilarious......

Sun, Apr. 1st, 2012 11:15 pm (UTC)
technoshaman

Cheryl Morgan had a doozy based on the current Clarke Award flap... inside references to Cricket, British politics, and generally lampooning everyone in sight...

Sun, Apr. 1st, 2012 11:16 pm (UTC)
caraig

The smackdown between Scott Lynch and John Scalzi is pretty hilarious. =)

Mon, Apr. 2nd, 2012 12:12 am (UTC)
alverant

If anyone else plays City of Heroes, there was this:
http://na.cityofheroes.com/en/news/news_archive/featured_items_at_the_paragon_market_-_4112.php
Personally I think they should make "There is Always One Identifier" power working. It would sell well. (If you don't play, then it would take too long to explain for it to be funny.)

Mon, Apr. 2nd, 2012 12:01 pm (UTC)
ladycheron

I liked the vanity pet they were 'offering'. A real vanity to follow you around so you're never without a mirror to check your costume.

And the babysitting option.