April Fools' Day

I love to see how the geek community handles April 1 each year. These are my favorite tricks so far:

Firstly, Georgia Tech's wireless network, LAWN, has announced that it will be shutting down on a rotating basis to conserve the water used to cool the wireless access points. I was especially impressed by the last column of the table on that page, which reveals that running 802.11n requires 1 whole squirrel per user, per hour. I guess it's not such a big deal, however, because squirrels are an abundant, renewable resource at Tech.

I discovered today that two of my favorite web comics, xkcd and Questionable Content are in cahoots. Apparently Dinosaur Comics is in on it as well. You should check them out today.

My usual news outlets and blogs are also peppered with fake articles, making it rather stressful to try divining any actual news from them! Slashdot, the Consumerist (now known as the Conglomerist), and the Daily WTF (now known as the Daily What-the-Heck) have gone bonkers. ThinkGeek also has a whole slew of new products available today only, including the terribly useful $29.99 Betamax to HD-DVD Converter - make sure to check out the informational video.

Let me know if you've discovered any further 4/1 awesomeness out there.


  • ryan
  • April 1, 2008
  • 1:48 pm
blizzard has the best april fool's pranks. this year they did 4 of them. check out this joystiq post for links to all of them. http://www.joystiq.com/2008/04/01/april-fools-alert-1-blizzard-adds-bards-brings-wow-to-consol/
  • Kyle
  • April 1, 2008
  • 3:56 pm
Maybe looking at google is a little obvious, but these are both kind of funny: http://www.google.com/virgle/index.html and http://mail.google.com/mail/help/customtime/index.html

Also in webcomic land, it's not really a prank, but apparently r stevens is awesome at drawing: http://www.dieselsweeties.com/archive/1982
kotaku is/was kaketaku (about gaming-related cakes), and some silly xbox 360 stuff was announced: http://www.xbox.com/en-US/community/promotions/2008/spring/default.htm
  • Matt M.
  • April 3, 2008
  • 12:55 pm
Google owns, even at pranks. That GT Lawn one sounded way too geeky for me to even try to read.
  • Kyle
  • April 3, 2008
  • 11:57 pm
> That GT Lawn one sounded way too geeky for me to even try to read.

This one is pretty good too (from an unnamed source): http://cnnentertainment.co.nr/2008/SHOWBIZ/Music/04/01
  • kristen
  • April 15, 2008
  • 4:19 am
i have no idea how long you've had this page layout but i love it.
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