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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  • The Register took to its usual tricks on April 1 by denouncing Apple's recent thought-to-be settling movement in its ongoing Android litigation suits, and instead actually "dropped a thermonuclear patent bombshell" on the mobile operating system. At first glances, it may not have taken many as a surprise, but looking through the story, there's no way they could have gotten a quote from Apple like that. I mean, nobody outside the "Mossberg collective" even gets close.

    You can find the story at The Register.

  • TechCrunch went a slightly different way, claiming that the Google co-founder Sergey Brin was going to quit to take up playing the blues guitar. But those who were around for more than 15 years will remember that, if U.S. President Bill Clinton can continue his love for playing the saxophone whilst running the country, then Google can survive if Brin wants to spend a bit more quality time with his Fender.

    You can find the story at TechCrunch.

  • Engadget went back to its roots and took to reviewing an old favourite, the Nokia 7110 mobile phone. While the review was genuine and the piece was compelling, with many minds regressing to those summer days with their shiny new brick-sized gadget, it was clearly a tug at the leg of those reading, now used to colourful and touch-screen devices. Oh, how the world has changed in 10--15 years?

    You can find the review at Engadget.

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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.
    bobc47@...
  • 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