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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  • Reddit takes a leaf out of Facebook's book, by almost poking fun at it. With its new Reddit Timeline feature, you can browse "news" stories from as far back as 1066 for the Battle of Hastings, or even the 1776 U.S. Declaration of Independence. You can even head back to see what the dinosaurs were talking about. Having said that, if you are feeling adventurous, you can always go forward in the future and see what your future self is submitting -- though, it's probably the same old memes we see today (because they are.)

  • Skype goes back to version 1.0 with its regressive communications technology: two cups and string. Dubbed as an "experimental version of Skype" that doesn't even require an Internet connection, you can use Skype for String using nothing but standard household items. It's also free, so why not give it a go?

  • Even if you're not a power-user of the Web, the chances are you are using some form of advert-blocking tool. For Chrome and Firefox users, you're probably using AdBlock. Not on April 1, you're not. For one day only, it has transformed into CatBlock, where adverts, which would normally be displayed are replaced with cats. Don't worry, your favourite sites haven't been hacked or had cat images injected into them. It's just your ad-blocker having a laugh at your expense. 

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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