April Fools' 2012: Pranks from around the Web

April Fools' 2012: Pranks from around the Web

Summary: The chances are, if you surfed the Web on April 1, you may have been duped by a prank or two. Here are the best of the day.

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  • iFixit, famous for buying gadgets as soon as they hit the shelves, has a new one-day only gadget on sale. Introducing the New iPad Opening Tool which replaces the need for a heavy-duty 1,500 watt heat gun, plastic spacers, and suction cups, along with "an hour of careful heating and prying". The new iPad has a stuck-down screen making it almost impossible to put together, so this tool will come in great handy.

  • Instead of the usual interesting facts, Wikipedia replaced many of its front-page elements to include some interesting facts under "Did you know..." and a slightly tweaked "Featured article". For April 1, Americans bombed the Mr. Men-icon "Mr. Grumpy", and one railway station could transport people from England to California in only 15 minutes. Check out yesterday's piece on "pigeon photography"; inconspicuous enough to go unnoticed, but barmy enough not to be taken too seriously.

  • Flickr brought out its "dither switch" allowing all pages and photos on the image-sharing site to become a melancholy monochrome of black and white. The results were impressive, and were noted on Flickr's blog. Just one button away, and your beautiful, colourful snaps become completely transformed, and can even be downloaded in the hazy, fuzzy black and white contrast Flickr offers.

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  • Umm... Pigeon Cameras are real.

    Ask any Tragically Hip fan.
    wirtes
  • April Fools

    The internet is one big joke, so why should April Fool's Day be any different?
    dawhip
  • RE: My 10 favorite Windows programs of all time

    You might be supprised how many hams in the world use Gmail Tap. If the received end would generate variable speed audio of the dots and dashes, one wouldn't even have to look at the screen to read the message.
    riodell3
  • Home fusion generator

    I thought the spoof from TigerDirect offering a home fusion power generator was hilarious, it even comes with plutonium.
    bobc471
  • You Forgot Kodak's Print Your Own Kitten

    Kodak's home page had instructions on how to print out your very own kitten yesterday. It was a clever April Fool's Joke.
    Robiern
  • that was too obvious

    Fusion reactors use Hydrogen while FISSION (nuclear) reactors use Plutonium.
    furryface47
  • Also forgot WestJet had two April Fools

    Canadian airlines WestJet release two April Fools jokes videos.
    One is Westjet announce a "kid free zone" "We've heard from many of our guests that they're tired of kids screaming and running up and down the aisle and are looking, quite simply, for some peace and quiet," Vice President of communications Richard Bartrem says in a tongue-in-cheek video posted on WestJet's website.
    The video also introduces WestJet's solution for travelling with young ones: a new program called Kargo Kids, wherein children get to fly in a "special VIP" area of the plane - the cargo hold.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M4SkoJy3D0M&feature=player_embedded

    The other is a promotion video on how WestJet introduces state-of-the-art money-saving feature instead of air they use helium in the planes to which help raise the plane and count down on fuel cost.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QKfGeLoJKg0
    alenzo
  • Tiger.com got me...

    with that cube, because i thought it was some type of new computer. But when they started talking about plutoniun. I got suspicous, because i know plutoniun is some very very nasty stuff.
    blackjack861
  • You missed a good one

    According the the BBC, the world had exploded, everyone was dead, and we were all accessing the internet from the afterlife.
    mheartwood
  • Seriously?

    The TigerDirect ad selling a home nuclear plant/cube wasn't on the list?

    It was great and the follow up posts/comments from people were hilarious.

    REmove spaces for the link or search for Kube X15
    It's very well done but above all, the comments were great!

    tigerdirect . com / sectors / campaigns / kube / kubex15 . asp
    guiri
  • Tigerdirect got me...

    Tiger direct got me but so did the email I got from Razer about the Razor Snake eyes.
    jetman36