April Fools


269 Responses to “April Fools”

  1. Greatmiddlewest says:

    I’m pretty sure I heard the first April Fools of the day (in Chicago anyway). Last night at 12:01am, somebody yelled “you suck … April Fools!” at the band we were seeing ‘The Funs’. I laughed.

  2. wobinidan says:

    Needs more references to DRM.

  3. jackruby1123 says:

    Shut up and take my money!

  4. ClickItOrTicket says:

    Google April Fools’ is a lot of hot air, could blow up any second now:

  5. Mark Crummett says:

    I used to enjoy April Fools Day, but with so much batshit craziness going on in the world, it seems kinda stupid to add to it deliberately. It makes it hard to believe _ anything_ I read or see today. Sigh… I miss the truth.

  6. TokenFrenchDude says:

    Reddit has done something different this year: Reddit Mold / http://blog.reddit.com/2011/03/reddit-mold-is-now-live.html

  7. TokenFrenchDude says:

    Blizzard is returns to consoles : http://us.blizzard.com/en-us/games/console/

  8. Anonymous says:

    Hot Wheels is pretending to sell one of its show cars: http://www.facebook.com/hotwheels

  9. TokenFrenchDude says:

    Rock Paper Shotgun described Ubisoft new DRM : http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2011/04/01/introducing-ubiman-copy-protection/

  10. TokenFrenchDude says:

    …aaaand Improv Everywhere got attacked in the subway : http://improveverywhere.com/2011/04/01/jar-jar-subway-car/

  11. MS says:

    “Don’t they know it’s April 1st? What a terrible day to introduce a policy like that”. “Wait…”
    I think too much sometimes

  12. Anonymous says:

    I love finding April fool’s jokes on the web. I am pretty much useless in the office on April 1st.

    My favourite so far is from the Sierra Club. They are offering an interesting tour.


    • MrsBug says:

      Lol – this phrase there is good “Coal extraction is also seriously threatened by clean-water standards, public-health concerns, and common sense.”

  13. Anonymous says:

    …..You fuckers!

  14. Matt Cornell says:

    Chinese scientists discover existence of N-Spot, a new erogenous zone in the nose.


  15. Anonymous says:

    GoComics’ paid MyComicsPage e-mails feature an ad at the bottom for “Calvin and Hobbes: The Live-Action Movie.” It links to a preview: http://images.gocomics.com/calvin-and-hobbes-movie/

  16. gloopax says:

    Second site of the morning. WTF but the date synched with NYT paywall. Read the whole thing and googled Linden dollars. It was then (after reading the Wikipedia def) that I realized I had been had on April 1. Boninged big time!

  17. Anonymous says:

    Sunlight Labs moved to the cloud (with angels):
    http://sunlightlabs.com (http://sunlightlabs94.angelfire.com/)

  18. Anonymous says:


    Pretty funny, and thorough!

  19. Anonymous says:

    Microsoft Germany is introducing a new tablet PC: the GOLIATH! Check this out: http://bit.ly/feSVmw

  20. classic01 says:

    OH man I’m glad I clicked on the “subscription information” link because I had already deleted the boingboing.net bookmark from my toolbar.

    Ok back to the toolbar, bookmarked again! :-)

  21. Anonymous says:

    Myopic Books in Chicago seems to have been purchased by Matt Drudge

  22. jimmie proof says:

    What’s really funny is I was hoping to sign up and receive faster downloading. It’s not me it’s you.

  23. emilydickinsonridesabmx says:

    This is hilarious April Fools Dig at Color: http://shopsavvy.mobi/

    “Grayscale, the photo sharing app for lonely people”

  24. lux_aurumque says:

    I’m liking YouTube 1911:

    Especially the bed intruder:
    Skidoo you children!
    Skidoo your wife!

    Run and declare that, hayseed!

  25. Anonymous says:

    that was a good one, i’m usually the guy that NEVER falls for them, but you got me! i was gonna be pissed if i had to pay for boingboing, thanks for the pranx. jim

  26. cupcakecalamity says:

    AAAAUGH! You had me for about 3 seconds…of horror!

  27. MichaelR says:

    Hey you had me, right up to the Linden Dollars.
    I know the currency of choice here is wuffie.

  28. Anonymous says:

    “The Current,” on CBC Toronto aired a hilarious segment this morning with Gordon Pinsent as the spokesperson for a new federal party, the “Sage Party,” whose platform is to look out for the interests of Canada’s elderly. Citing statistics that more than 4 million Canadians are over the age of 65, and 90% of them vote regularly, Pinsent went on to outline the party’s agenda, which included raising money for government by selling off all the computers, reverting to paper filing and real people answering the phone, and making it a federal offense for anyone under the age of 45 to fail to surrender their seat to an elderly person on public transit.

    There’s no audio up yet, but I imagine it will be on the CBC website within a few hours.

  29. Anonymous says:

    Lindens?! Oh man, I gotta start camping and playing zyngo again. :-/

  30. bluheron says:

    Dial-up Internet is enjoying a huge comeback as the slow-net wave (partly inspired by the slow food movement) crashes onto hipster shores nationwide.

    OK Go frontman Damian Kulash has written the trend’s anthem. The song is called “Love Me Longtime.”


    Be sure to catch the complete “All Things Considered” story when it goes online at 7 pm eastern on npr.org The Slow Internet story is at the very end of the 2 hour recording.

  31. drcatzenstein says:

    /r/trees, the subreddit for marijuana enthusiasts, is now completely about real trees.


  32. Anonymous says:

    NPR’s morning edition gives us a surgical procedure for glasses free 3D TV… that screws up your real-world vision and requires glasses to correct.

  33. alllie says:

    Reddit has the worst. They have a prank that allows people to make it hard or impossible for anyone they disagree with or don’t like to submit links or post comments. I would think driving away the most active members of the community would be a bad idea. But apparently the reddit mods like the idea of attacking their readers.

  34. Anonymous says:

    Shoot the moon for real, thanks to borrowlenses.com !



  35. hng23 says:

    Locus Online News announced that Shaun Tan has been signed to Dancing With the Stars: http://www.locusmag.com/News/2011/04/shaun-tan-signed-to-dancing-with-the-stars/

  36. JayByrd says:

    Danger! Danger! BoingBoing Central Control…
    Clueless here blew off the date and almost de-bookmarked my favorite site.
    Shame on you!

    • Anonymous says:

      Bet the number of Boing Boing readers goes down because of this. I know I almost took deleted my bookmark. If so, the joke will be on them.

  37. Anonymous says:

    BoingBoing’s April Fool’s gag- this was the only time that I’ve ever fallen for an April Fool’s joke in my life. SRSLY, I was kind of angry

  38. Unanimous Cowherd says:

    Woke up this morning to find little plastic googly eyes stuck onto every surface — on door knobs, on the alarm clock, on the wall, on flowerpots. Eyes everywhere. Little eyes.

    And our kids got orange juice this morning, but with the bottom half of the glass frozen solid. We froze the milk in their breakfast cereal last year, so they are pretty suspicious now.

    My wife’s birthday is today — Happy Birthday, kt — that is not a joke. And her siblings had to have their mom bring new little sister in to school a couple days later to make the other kids and teachers believe them when they announced her birth…

  39. Drew from Zhrodague says:

    Am I the only one here that actually HAS Linden Dollars, or am I the only one here that will admit it?

  40. Anonymous says:

    hulu.com has gone back to 1996! has link to xfiles, talkradio, outer limits, etc.. hosted by geocities, to boot! http://www.hulu.com/index.htm

  41. Unanimous Cowherd says:

    NPR had an awesome one this morning about a revolutionary new eye surgery to replace the need for those pesky 3D glasses for watching 3D tv and movies:
    I almost bought it — it is amazingly good.

  42. Maurice Reeves says:

    I would be happy to see more of the Flugelhorn Feline from YouTube 1911 myself.

  43. Anonymous says:

    On a musical note, Mel Bay publications announces the release of a new instructional book devoted to jazz autoharp.

  44. Unmutual says:

    Why did I show up to work today??

  45. alrdesign says:

    Skull-A-Day just announced a musical based on the story-less book Skulls today… http://skulladay.blogspot.com/2011/04/skull-day-musical.html

  46. Anonymous says:

    at mugenguild, a forum dedicated to opensource game building( using the mugen engine) , they rolled back into their 2000 policies claiming that the whole opensource fad wasnt being sucessful and changed all rules and etc back to the way they were in 2002, the rules look ridiculous by today standarts and the contrast is hilarious.

  47. emdot says:

    ColourLovers.com went to all shades of gray.

  48. Anonymous says:

    At last, the truth from The New Yorker: http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=3064

  49. ncarp says:

    Just got this from the Union of Concerned Scientists:

    “Climate Change Pushes Groundhog Day to January”

  50. Anonymous says:

    Adblock for Chrome update

    “Just released:
    AdBlock Freedom! (beta)
    Get the new AdBlock Freedom augmented reality eyewear, and block billboards and magazine ads in realtime!”

  51. SMurph says:

    I thought Gamespy’s Portal 2 Single-player demo AF joke was particularly cruel – certainly got me: http://pc.gamespy.com/pc/portal-2/1158842p1.html

  52. mr.skeleton says:

    Hi everyone. I want to let you know about my very special app that I’m launching on this auspicious day: http://autocomplain.cocopunk.com

  53. websorcerer says:

    Environmental Frontier Foundation sent an email to members linking to this page:


  54. j9c says:

    Canadian low-cost airline now will fill its passenger jets’ air supply with helium to make their planes lighter, saving fuel!


    Watch it all the way to the end. Very silly.

  55. Anonymous says:

    yeah a great one on your front page today http://boingboing.net/
    digital subscription? maybe for the original content? nice one.

  56. Epiphany says:

    Ubisoft has one! (err..I think?)


  57. avoision says:

    Not sure if this counts, since it’s an April Fools’ prank that went awry. Zookeeper in Huntsville tried to “scare” a kid by draping a python around his neck. Snake started to choke the kid, and it took two people to pull the thing off:


  58. avoision says:

    Ah, curse your link scrubbing!


    Well, this was where it was supposed to go: http://bit.ly/gg8qv0

  59. Chrispy145 says:

    Redmond Magazine has a good one about Steve Ballmer leaving Microsoft:


  60. gfocus says:

    there is some special boingboing bonus fun in the xk3d code sample: http://xkcd.com/xk3d/

  61. Anonymous says:

    Got me! I’m such a sap!

  62. Anonymous says:

    Blizzard Entertainment has several, but I think their Horadric Cube iPhone app is the best. Lets you combine your apps to make ‘new and better’ apps…Facebook + Twitter = Portal to hell!

  63. Hunty says:

    nope, Rocksmith is actually a game, Epiphany. :)

  64. Anonymous says:

    April 1st isn’t over yet, why can’t I see the boingboing april fools page?

  65. Anonymous says:

    For those who remember Joel on Software: Joel on Coal — mining management.

  66. Anonymous says:

    I quite enjoyed this article about the discovery of a very rare hornless unicorn.


  67. Anonymous says:

    despite the immediate WTF it wasn’t til I got to the Linden dollars that light dawned

  68. Anonymous says:

    A browser extension that turns all those terribly designed sites into a hipster’s dream. “The Helvetica Button”

    A new way to look at the web ;)


    April Fool’s from kaleidoscope

  69. Anonymous says:

    Urlesque.com launched HURRDURR.IT — http://hurrdurr.it — a toy that turns any site into gibberish. Here it is on BoingBoing: http://hurrdurr.it/#url=http://boingboing.net/indexa.html

  70. Anonymous says:

    SniqueAway is offering a magical vacation package:


  71. TokenFrenchDude says:

    Hearing reports of bugs in voting on stackoverflow.com

  72. Anonymous says:


    Whole Foods has some very good ones today.

  73. ClintonD says:

    The “revealing” of the commando profession for guild Wars 2 is ridiculously elaborate. It must’ve taken some time to put together.


  74. zizzybaloobah says:

    Here’s another Google-themed prank for the typeface aficionados out there: http://www.google.com/search?q=Helvetica

  75. eatingbeets says:

    called mom from NYC at 10am (she’s in Tucson) and told her I just wanted to tell her I love her and this might be the last phone call I can make… that I was trapped on a subway and could hear explosions. In hindsight, this might have been taking it too far.

  76. gman says:

    Grooveshark. Now in 3D!


  77. dcwaterboy says:

    Soundtrack of Disneyland’s Space Mountain has been replaced with Rebecca Black’s “Friday”:


  78. theredrocket says:

    How about WoofWoof, the social networking site for dogs, from TalkTalk?

    Check it out here and watch the video, including Dr Mowbray calibrating the diagnostic tools on Katie, the border collie http://www.talktalk.co.uk/woofwoof

    BOL (bark out loud)

  79. RyanOD says:

    Big Fish Games entering the tablet market.


  80. Chong says:


    /I was like “what?!” and then I understood and lol’d

  81. guillaume_remy says:

    During some seconds I had a Botulinus Intoxication

  82. curly_brace says:

    Google’s doing their new GMail motion… http://mail.google.com/mail/help/motion.html

  83. xzor says:

    Don’t forget to sign up for your free finger sweat-bands.

    • Chong says:

      I signed up to receive some sweat-bands before realising it’s US only. :(

      My favourite April Fools is still one my brother played on me ~14 years ago; he got up real early and moved everything in the kitchen cupboards around. Went to get a bowl, cereal etc, couldn’t find anything, was all in different places. Simple, but effective.

  84. Anonymous says:

    You had me going there for a minute :) Good one! Although.. I must say I would pay for this if I had to. Yall do a great job!

  85. Anonymous says:

    Haven’t seen many good ones. Lots of clumsy efforts entirely lacking in subtlety, but a real shortage of good ones…

  86. Flying_Monkey says:

    Got to say, I wasn’t thinking about the date when I first saw that. I’ve got so used to people who were previously advocates of open access going pay-to-access or some variation, I was just about to get depressed… D’oh!

  87. TokenFrenchDude says:

    Wolfram Alpha has a new logo :(

  88. Suds says:

    Pay wall!!!1! YOU had me there for a bit! FFFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUU was my first reaction. My next one was, How can I pay them w/o a trace back to Me?! good job at LOLZ ing me boingboing, good jobz!

  89. OriGuy says:

    A few days ago, Language Log asked why New Yorker magazine never used sentences where the verb preceded the subject, even when the result was convoluted. Today provides the answer.

  90. adamnvillani says:

    Last night (it was past midnight) I went to brush my teeth before bed, and I discovered that my wife had shoved a raisin into the top of the toothpaste tube.

    That was really weird.

    Even weirder, she says she got the idea from her friend who got the idea from Martha Stewart.

  91. Borgs_of_Canada says:

    Hehe, good one BoingBoing !

    This morning on CBC they had en interview with the leader of the SAGE party, a new Canadian federal party, who represented elderly people. They would be unstoppable because the elderly votes. I was half asleep so I don’t remember the details but it was quite funny.

  92. Anonymous says:

    Blame this guy….
    pageTracker._setCustomVar(1,”MTAuthor”,”Cory Doctorow”,3);


    My favorite April Fools joke was hanging a sign on the back of a car that said “Honk your horn! It’s my Birthday!!”

  93. Michael says:

    HAHAHA! Good one!

  94. planettom says:


  95. TokenFrenchDude says:

    Toshiba Develops 3-D Monocle

  96. Miche says:

    Try googling “helvetica”

  97. Anonymous says:

    German geek store sells a tool that protects you from being admonished because of abbreviations like STFU and LOL that are trademarks by replacing them with a black bar: http://www.getdigital.de/products/EX-Stick_Anti-Abmahn_Tool

  98. Anonymous says:

    I have made it look like the Laura Ingraham Show is joining our local, not-for-profit community radio station.


    Previously, I convinced quite a few people that the station was being bought out by JackFM, and even got them to start a petition:


  99. kpallist says:

    NPR has a “glasses free 3D via new surgical procedure” piece that I admit had me going a minute when I heard it on my commute:


  100. hukes says:

    Damn you, Boing Boing! I fell for it (yes, yours) so bad.

    I was like “Mmm… well, I think I would pay, sometimes their stuff is good”.

    Then I was “Oh, in Linden Dollars only. I guess I must have enough accumulated in my long forgotten -but paid- Second Life account. As soon as I get home tonight, I will suscribe. This fellas at Boing Boing need my support”.

    But then “WAIT A MINUTE!!! Linden Dollars *ONLY*??!!!

    Checked the calendar. April 1st.

    I was willing to give you my money Boing Boing, think about that for a minute.


  101. JessicaDoyle says:

    The maple trees in the province of New Brunswick, Canada are exploding because they weren’t tapped quickly enough from the early onset of Spring that we are experiencing right now!


    Video courtesy of The Weather Network in Canada.

  102. Anonymous says:

    Bryn Mawr College’s homepage is amazing today. Love the Star Wars reference. http://www.brynmawr.edu

  103. curly_brace says:

    Still don’t believe this is a list of NON-april fools…


  104. RadioSilence says:

    aaaarhg! you got me!

    but only because being early evening now in the UK i got every other site in my RSS feed’s pranks over with this morning and then put AF’s Day out of my mind.

    i had thought it was the ‘truck driver builds functioning atom bomb’ post when i first saw it.

  105. NoahRodenbeek says:

    wow! Good one, BoingBoing. I almost choked to death on my cereal.

  106. RadioSilence says:

    the only other one that got me this morning was when the small and very funny blog Good Show Si, which deals with awesomely bad SF paperback cover art, announced it had been bought by the cheezburger network. i felt heartbroken! :D


  107. eagleapex says:

    Local hackerspace goes D&D only: http://www.hive76.org/rolling

  108. penguinchris says:

    I’m kind of sad that I apparently missed the BoingBoing joke. You’ve got a link that says “including us” in the summary, but it doesn’t link to an archived version of the story or anything… I think I may have fallen for it; when I realized what it was after being confused by a few comments I was disappointed it was removed.

    I guess it was recognized that people might not get the joke and never come back… perhaps some subtle editing to make it more clear might have been in order rather than removing it entirely!

  109. Anonymous says:

    The Art Guys – “The Meronomic Antinomy of the Trans-Finite Realm (She’s a Brick House)” at The Wrong Again Gallery (opening tonight!). Read hilarious description of show at http://on.fb.me/eR6vWz

  110. archmagetrexasaurus says:

    Arch Linux has merging with Debian, grml, gentoo, and openSuse to form “The Canterbury Distribution”


  111. Enoch_Root says:

    I had a dorm room that was a symmetrical rectangle and I had friends break in and move EVERYTHING to the mirror image side of the room. The bed, posters, armoir, everything. They even went as far as moving all my desktop icons. It was pretty good.

  112. Anonymous says:


    Good one, you made me vomit in terror!!

  113. clenchner says:

    I was like, hmmm, that’s a bold move for BoingBoing…..

  114. Anonymous says:

    my favorite so far is MyFonts monthly newsletter … set entirely in webfonts:


  115. Anonymous says:

    Har! I knew it was April Fool’s joke when I read the payment terms. “Linden Dollars”? Everyone should know the currency in this magic kingdom is Wuffie.

  116. coolvoodoo says:

    I do data management from my home office. Just woke up and I hadn’t made my coffee yet when I stumbled into my office, turned on my computer, and took a look at BoingBoing. I was sooooooo upset until I got to the Linden dollars remark. Then the light came on. This took a while, because I kept reading the first paragraphs over and over because I couldn’t believe what I was reading. You got me good!

  117. splatocaster says:

    The Moog Polyphonic Theremin: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=stobfk1Mfjk

  118. Jeffrey S says:

    http://www.xkcd.com has gone 3D. I don’t know how he did it but it’s pretty cool…


  119. Gary61 says:

    My first response?
    “My god, it’s full of (ny times paywall idiocy) – and paid in LINDEN DOLLARS???!!! WTF DUDE!!!???!! Who the hell still uses 2nd Life and has freakin’ linden dollars …..”

    then I was like … “D’Oh!”

    Got me … tell my wife and kids I love ‘em ….
    I have been Boinged.
    and I loved it.

  120. Amira says:

    This was a GREAT one from Couptessa.com … I get these in my inbox and I was like.. “what??” I had to click links for half a minute before I noticed… I think this one will make a lot of ladies in Florida cry :)


  121. Anonymous says:

    This one is simple and subtle. Not great, but not bad.


  122. Adam C says:

    The Linden dollars bit was a nice touch.

  123. bpratt says:

    By coincidence it’s “take your grownup to lunch” day at my kid’s school. Seizing the opportunity, I repacked his lunchbox with a roll of toilet paper instead of a sandwich, and gave the sandwich to Mom to hand over when they met up in the school cafeteria. Big laffs.

  124. reality hater says:

    Man you got me; I thought you were going by way of the other news sources that expect us to pay for information. Although I would seriously consider paying to read boing boing.You guys bring us some fascinating articles

  125. Aloisius says:

    Duke Nukem Forever went GM!!

  126. Anonymous says:

    oi- you got me !

  127. Doran says:

    I hate April Fools Day.

  128. anothershamus says:

    Got me good! I had only started my morning coffee and almost did a spit take, then remembered what day it was! Thanks for the fun!

  129. Tycho says:

    What a bunch of hypocrites!!! …. and the NYT … and WSJ … WTF boingboing?!?! I vowed never to return in roughly 2 seconds.

    It’s been over a decade sense I was had on April 1st.

  130. jocoska says:

    Well, knowing BB values, I was first surprised, and was then convinced that it would be a legitimately affordable price I was going to pay, so think it over:) Actually, please don’t…

  131. Felton / Moderator says:

    Re: BB digital subscription:


  132. Bonsomme says:

    The life of the classic pulp fantasy and horror author Ervin Phillip Ashton:


  133. Anonymous says:

    I think my favorite is when you search “Pasta” on google.

  134. Mantissa128 says:

    Oh man. You got me completely. I believed you.

    Like Spongebob, I had my money ready to hand over to you – that’s how much I love you, BoingBoing.

    [single manly tear]

  135. Milo Minousky says:

    Apple is creating a makeup collection to coincide with the 10th anniversary of the iPod and OS X: http://www.bellasugar.com/15353362

    After work, my beau is going to buy some macaroni and cheese or potato salad — something that can be mixed easily — and heavily salt half of it, which he’ll offer to his roommate. When roommate goes crazy, the rest of us will calmly explain that ours tastes just fine, and keep a straight face even if he asks us to try his.

  136. Anonymous says:

    Oh, very funny….I haven’t visited Boing Boing in 2 months, and only returned after reading about the joke in another forum. Well played….sort of…

  137. Anonymous says:

    Hehe, not bad,. I didn’t bite though, it was just TOO contrary to what you guys do. Now if you said you had been taken down by court order due to some vague copyright violation…

  138. Anonymous says:

    Starcraft II for Consoles / Kinect http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uiZNtTLAwz8

  139. Robert says:

    When I saw the front page, I thought I recognized it as the same thing BB did last year. So I just said, “Oh, April Fool’s.” and clicked past it. But now I’m wondering if it really was BB that did the same thing last year, considering all the people here who admitted being taken in for a few seconds…? What did BB do for last April 1?

  140. Anonymous says:


    Must See!

  141. Anonymous says:

    Even scientists like April fools :

  142. scolbath says:

    Google is hiring autocompleters:

    (type anything into google and that link will come up in the list of choices, to the right)

  143. websorcerer says:

    Check out Slashdot


  144. Anonymous says:

    FYI the April Fools landing page doesn’t work on the mobile version of the site.

  145. Pincinator says:

    This caused serious concern and a few panicky emails among the physicists working on ATLAS in my office:


  146. ebarrett3 says:

    LibraryThing is releasing an e-reader that has that “old book smell”: http://www.librarything.com/blogs/librarything/2011/04/introducing-the-librarything-e-an-ereader-from-librarything/

    And http://www.pinterest.com turned all the pins upsidedown.

  147. Anonymous says:

    Wait a minute, give me back my credit card!

  148. GuidoMescalito says:

    heheh Linden dollars…

    i don’t which is better, the cardboard bike or the ‘bacon inhaler’. sign me up for both!

  149. Nadreck says:

    Here in Canada we’ll be requiring people to get a license before they get on the Information Super Highway. All I can say is “It’s about time!”.


  150. ROSSINDETROIT says:

    I’m going to sneak into work early and add the words The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves to the company mission statement in the employee lounge. I will get in trouble. It will be worth it.

  151. jredmond says:

    RFC6214, “Adaptation of RFC1149 for IPv6″:

    RFC6217, “Regional Broadcast Using an Atmospheric Link Layer”:

    And, of course, the English Wikipedia’s main page includes lots of legitimate stuff presented in a fake-sounding way.

  152. Anonymous says:

    Can’t get enough of April Fool’s Day? Then check out this bloopers I saw on the GreenopolisTV channel on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ee8LgCtq0Os.

  153. Anonymous says:

    One small business in India has a hilarious one: http://www.pptize.com/

    Read the “features” etc :-)

  154. Anonymous says:

    I’ve seen a lot of good ones today including this one: http://www.kehblog.com/2011/04/awesome-photo-tips-nobody-ever-told-you.html

  155. Anonymous says:

    Canada’s Capital launches a new vacation package to attract more protesters, called the Demonstration Vacation:


  156. Rob Beschizza says:

    I think this is the first april fools we’ve done, at least since I’ve been around (3 yrs ish)

  157. Anonymous says:

    Bunch of linux distributions are collaborating on this one:

    Even debian has a sense of humor.

  158. jdixon says:

    I’ll pay anything.

  159. emo hex says:

    Emo not laughing,
    (ever since I received my sisters head in a box on april fools day)

  160. GuyInMilwaukee says:

    You had me there for a sec. I’d gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today.

  161. Anonymous says:

    T’aint funny, McGee!

  162. jgrier says:

    Forgive the self-promotion, but my post today on making dangerously strong “homeopathic cocktails” seems like something BB readers might like:

  163. Billy Green says:

    This was my April Fool’s blog post two years ago, reporting a musical based on “To Kill a Mockingbird”:


  164. Anonymous says:

    the enlightened will get the joke http://burningman.com/

  165. Jonathan Abolins says:

    This morning somebody tweeted a link to what seems to be IAEA nuclear oversight organisation but with an interest claim regarding Stuxnet:


    The ASCII art is not on the iaea.org server.

  166. Anonymous says:

    you guys scare the hell out me!

  167. werve says:

    It seems odd that I used to dread April Fools day jokes and now they seem like good ideas, such as paying for Boing might lower the troll population or that Fake Book sounds like a service I would use…

    or that it’s 20 degrees above normal here in Vgas today, haha good one….

  168. bluewhimsy says:

    On an iPhone or Android phone, do a search for “kittens” on Google.

    Android phones with voice search can do pig latin now. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zg7Wayo1rLU

  169. voiceinthedistance says:

    This is a crass attempt at manipulating the exchange rate for Linden Dollars, and I want no part of it. I’m headed straight for the airport kiosk before things get out of hand.

  170. niko says:

    Flickr changed their logo to Flicker

  171. Karl Elvis says:

    I hate you people so much. B^)

  172. Anonymous says:

    TerraTrike has asteroids!

    Click anywhere to get started

  173. Pantograph says:

    haven’t been fooled yet today, but I was impressed by xkcd. (The effect is applied to the entire archive.)

    Sorry guys, but that paywall thing was about as convincing as Cory getting elected to head the Business Software Alliance.

  174. Psywiped says:

    Edinburgh, UK, April 1, 2011 — Cheezburger (www.cheezburger.com), the Internet publisher best known for popularizing LOLcats, FAILS, and other Internet memes, today announced it has acquired Charlie’s Diary, the authoritative and amusing weblog of science fiction author Charles Stross.


  175. Anonymous says:

    You…I mean really…just wow. Well played. My heart sank a bit.

  176. watchout5 says:

    It was only a matter of time before leaks concerning the ongoing Libyan military action were revealed to the world. We’re pleased and proud to be the exclusive source of this volatile information and want to thank the U.N. representative who left their laptop in a taxi in midtown Manhattan Wednesday night with a screensaver password of “god”.


    “try searching for “Libyan War Memos” on Google”

    It had me, I posted it on my facebook XD

  177. Kaptiv8 says:

    Today’s EFFector Newsletter was an EFFective source of April Fools lols. https://w2.eff.org/effector/42947991.html

    Well played. :)

  178. kali13 says:

    Send in the Clowns

    Pranksters in Houston, Texas calling themselves the “Tee-Hee Party”, make laughing stocks of laudable father figures:




  179. lummels says:

    my first thought: “this feels BB heretical”
    my second thought: “can i get by reading a mere 25 BB posts a month?”
    my third thought: “how the fuck do i get linden dollars without signing up for second life?”

    hahaha. long time since i’ve been april fooled. well done!

  180. lolbrandon says:

    Funny or Die has Rebecca Black. A LOT of Rebecca Black.


  181. Anonymous says:

    Hulu may have gone back to the 1990s but YouTube takes you back to 1911. Click on the 1911 button on any video for that old timey look/feel.

  182. joelf says:

    I teach web site design using this site today


  183. Dangersandwich says:

    You guys are the best.

  184. Suzanne says:

    http://www.dokuwiki.org has gone all sparkly-Geocities. At least, I hope this is an April Fool.

    Also, Flattr have announced an interesting new partnership.

  185. IronEdithKidd says:

    Everything featured today on Thinkgeek!

    I would totally buy the popsicle lightsabers if they were real.

  186. Colm Ryan says:

    IKEA introduce the HUNDSTOL dog high chair.


    Also, the discovery by an Irish archaeological group of an “ivory horned equine” skull.


  187. Anonymous says:

    I suspect everyone’s seen Youtube’s, but a particularly good example:


    Ahh, bliss.

  188. Anonymous says:

    CERN’s main universal web page secure login had a typically written and colored warning advising users to think before you click (to securely browse the internet and securely reading emails). In order to avoid clicking at all, disconnect your computer mice and take them to the Computer Animal Shelter. It had a link to this web page: http://computer-animal-shelter.web.cern.ch/computer-animal-shelter/index.shtml

  189. OriGuy says:

    Here’s one from the Houston Press:
    The Most Amazing East Texas Crime Ever

  190. Anonymous says:

    Canine Space Camp



  191. John Hudgens says:

    John Scalzi posted the wonderful prologue for his fantasy series over at Tor.com – http://www.tor.com/stories/2011/04/the-shadow-war-of-the-night-dragons-book-one-the-dead-city-excerpt

    That first paragraph is epic…

  192. Clay says:

    Surprisingly, Comic Sans Pro is NOT A JOKE. It’s been available for a week, complete with absurd price tag: http://imprint.printmag.com/patric-king/todays-obsession-comic-sans-pro/

  193. Anonymous says:

    You guys are just evil. I was ready to punch babies until I remembered it was April Fools day. Good one BoingBoing.

    In other news, here is a great April Fools Day Joke. My parents marriage (married on April 1st 28 years ago today). Divorced for 3 years now, both happily remarried, although not sure about the ‘happily’ part. I laugh at their expense.

  194. Meadslosh says:


    Also, posting has been disabled.

  195. bklynchris says:

    Gotya! Thanks for the smile and chortle : D

  196. RobertBigelow says:

    What gave that one away is that it’s a current topic with we, your happy mutants. You still get worthy prank points and a raised eyebrow from me at the *very idea* you’d pander down to digital subscription delivery. Happy Friday! ^..^~

  197. Anonymous says:

    …and I told myself I wasn’t going to fall for anything today.

  198. rebdav says:

    I woke expecting April fools and saw nothing then around 5pm(Israel) this, it got me riled a bit. You got me!
    To prove we are also fools midninght today was also daylight savings day.

  199. Alan says:

    Careful – Groupon bought April Fool’s Day and are enforcing trademark violations:


  200. Art says:

    You got me! Good one.

  201. cinemajay says:

    Wired’s Geek Dad blog has gone to the dogs.

  202. Anonymous says:

    hilarious – this portal’s entire main section is fake! http://www.sympatico.ca

  203. Aliktren says:

    I WTF’ed then lol’ed – in the UK jokes past midday didnt count when I was a kid :p

  204. Antinous / Moderator says:

    Moderator note: I’m happy to report that the idiot filter worked and lots of clueless anonymous commenters wrote in to tell us that they’ll never speak to us again.

  205. Anonymous says:

    I was sad…… and then I was happy.

  206. Anonymous says:

    This hasn’t happened for a long time but…you got me.


  207. Anonymous says:

    The entire front page of Sympatico.ca is hilarious.

    Favourite bits are the pieces on gas price hikes and sharks in space.


  208. EvilDave says:

    You swine ! I nimbly avoided every single gag attempt today…..and then found myself looking desperately for any Linden dollars that might have fallen down the back of the sofa, just to get my BB fix. LOL, peeps, hook, line and sinker.

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