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posted by NCommander on Wednesday April 02 2014, @04:30PM   Printer-friendly [Skip to comment(s)]
from the not-enough-bacon dept.
A ton of stories came in about various April 1st jokes across the internet, so I've merged them all together into this one summary. The post is a bit too long on the index, so read more to see what silliness people got into this year.

CERN Switches to Comic Sans

The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) has announced that they are switching to Comic Sans for all official communication. Quoting their press release,

"From today, all of CERN's official communication channels are switching to exclusive use of the font Comic Sans. The move comes after weeks of deliberation by CERN management and top web designers about how best to update the image of the laboratory for this, its 60th anniversary year." This announcment follows a year of intensive study which came to the conclusion that CERN's success is largely due to their choice of font, not their fundamental research and historic discoveries: "80% of the success of the presentation came not from the discovery of a fundamental particle that explains the Brout-Englert-Higgs mechanism for how particles get mass, but from the choice of font."

Netflix Aires two new original programs!

The bacon overlords are at it again! Netflix has released two new "Netflix Original" shows in the style of "Benjamin Button." "Sizzling Bacon" stars our current masters and "Rotisserie Chicken" debuts a very hot chick in the lead role. Steamy and mind bending!

http://time.com/45154/netflix-april-fools-chicken- bacon-movies/

Bunch of fools - jokes from tech companies.

In honor of the day: A few good april fools pranks in the tech industry.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-26833860

The Daily WTF Radio is on the air!

Break out your decoder rings, mix up a glass of Ovaltine, and don't touch that dial! It's time for another episode of Radio WTF Presents! Aiming to do something "cool" on this day of April, the team put together a 1/2 hour radio drama.

Google Maps Pokemon Challenge

Looks like an April Fools style thing, not sure how this site Is planning on doing April 1st...
Google Maps: Pokemon Challenge: http://youtu.be/4YMD6xELI_k



You can use Google maps on your smartphone to" catch" Pokemon. After pressing "start" you focus on a cartoon building on the map and there are little Pokemon sprites to touch to catch them. Apparently there are 150 to find with this little easter egg, although it looks like there is a mix of the games as it's not limited to the first 150.

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  • (Score: 2) by d on Wednesday April 02 2014, @04:33PM

    by d (523) on Wednesday April 02 2014, @04:33PM (#24976)

    So the .onion thing wasn't a joke, right?

    • (Score: 2) by NCommander on Wednesday April 02 2014, @05:36PM

      by NCommander (2) Subscriber Badge <mcasadevall@soylentnews.org> on Wednesday April 02 2014, @05:36PM (#25043) Homepage Journal

      Nope. We'll get it on the FAQ once that finishes getting rewritten.

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    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 08 2014, @09:09PM

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  • (Score: 3, Funny) by tangomargarine on Wednesday April 02 2014, @04:39PM

    by tangomargarine (667) on Wednesday April 02 2014, @04:39PM (#24983)

    that Netflix did a prank where they said they were picking up a revived Firefly [moviepilot.com].

    I agree with the podcast makers in saying that was *not* a funny joke...rather sad for those of us who live in constant, infinitesimal hope :(

    They can never stop the signal.

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    • (Score: 1) by Cornwallis on Wednesday April 02 2014, @04:41PM

      by Cornwallis (359) on Wednesday April 02 2014, @04:41PM (#24987)

      Don't feel bad. I fell for one that iFixit pulled announcing they had been bought out by Apple. That ticked off a LOT of people.

    • (Score: 1) by Rivenaleem on Wednesday April 02 2014, @06:13PM

      by Rivenaleem (3400) on Wednesday April 02 2014, @06:13PM (#25061)

      That one was really funny, back in 2011.

      http://imgur.com/gallery/0whZ3Y5 [imgur.com]

  • (Score: 4, Funny) by GlennC on Wednesday April 02 2014, @04:51PM

    by GlennC (3656) on Wednesday April 02 2014, @04:51PM (#25000)

    To continue the grand tradition of the IETF:

    RFC 7168 - "The Hyper Text Coffee Pot Control Protocol for Tea Efflux Appliances (HTCPCP-TEA)"
    http://www.rfc-editor.org/rfc/rfc7168.txt [rfc-editor.org]

    RFC 7169 - "The NSA (No Secrecy Afforded) Certificate Extension"
    http://www.rfc-editor.org/rfc/rfc7169.txt [rfc-editor.org]

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  • (Score: 2) by JeanCroix on Wednesday April 02 2014, @05:01PM

    by JeanCroix (573) on Wednesday April 02 2014, @05:01PM (#25014)
    Yes, I know they're affiliated with the other site. But I've always been amused by their April 1st product offerings. This year's were a mixed bag - Mr. Beard was my favorite, but if they decided to actually produce Das Can-In-Stein or the Flux Capacitor car charger, I'd be sending them my money.
  • (Score: 3, Funny) by VLM on Wednesday April 02 2014, @05:07PM

    by VLM (445) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday April 02 2014, @05:07PM (#25021)

    The Amazon FireTV, yet another android box hooked up to a TV. Oh wait that's real.

    Whatever.

    mrmoneymustache had a pretty funny SUV review. Zerohedge had a funny press release from 2016. I read a funny article about the BATS IPO being destroyed by a rogue HFT algo, oh wait that's real, like the firetv. Sometimes its hard to tell.

  • (Score: 2, Informative) by WillAdams on Wednesday April 02 2014, @05:19PM

    by WillAdams (1424) on Wednesday April 02 2014, @05:19PM (#25030)

    This year's was a ``Voubo'' workbench: http://www.leevalley.com/US/wood/page.aspx?p=71736 &cat=1,41637 [leevalley.com]

    Very cool --- they actually sell the ``story tape'' as a product.

    • (Score: 1) by el_oscuro on Wednesday April 02 2014, @10:28PM

      by el_oscuro (1711) on Wednesday April 02 2014, @10:28PM (#25214)

      Veritas builds wood tools? I thought they just made crappy backup software.

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  • (Score: 2, Funny) by JoeMerchant on Wednesday April 02 2014, @06:36PM

    by JoeMerchant (3937) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday April 02 2014, @06:36PM (#25074)

    Jacksonville Zoo announced a "Rent a Rhino" program, for a donation, they will deliver a Rhinoceros to your yard, let it eat your grass, and scoop the poop afterwards.

    Sad thing is, we have a yard where we might use such a program, too bad it's a joke.

  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday April 02 2014, @07:16PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday April 02 2014, @07:16PM (#25091)

    April Fools Day jokes are as funny as Mind of Mencia episodes.

    And, no, that's not a compliment.

  • (Score: 1) by Ellis D. Tripp on Wednesday April 02 2014, @07:50PM

    by Ellis D. Tripp (3416) on Wednesday April 02 2014, @07:50PM (#25117)

    Put together a video to convince viewers to tweet and post on a manufacturer's Facebook page to get a non-existent free multimeter kit.

    Pranked the gullible viewers and the manufacturer (Fluke) at the same time....

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  • (Score: 2) by Open4D on Wednesday April 02 2014, @08:50PM

    by Open4D (371) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday April 02 2014, @08:50PM (#25154) Journal

    "FFII to form offensive patent pool against IBM, Microsoft, Philips and SAP"

    Not exactly hilarious, but some might want a look: http://press.ffii.org/Press%20releases/FFII%20to%2 0form%20offensive%20patent%20pool%20against%20IBM% 2C%20Microsoft%2C%20Philips%20and%20SAP [ffii.org]

    "Patents serve as a good incentive for litigation, which can be an new business model for financing open source development."

  • (Score: 1) by el_oscuro on Wednesday April 02 2014, @10:22PM

    by el_oscuro (1711) on Wednesday April 02 2014, @10:22PM (#25206)

    kars4kids [kars4kids.org] is a car donation charity that runs a really cheesy radio add that airs about every other commercial break on our local stations. Yesterday they changed up the words on their jingle a little bit:

    "1-555-kids4kars, 1-555-kids4kars, donate your kid today.", along with explanations about how your kid could benefit someone in need, as well as the tax benefits of donating your kid. "Offer Valid on April 1st only"

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  • (Score: 1) by BuildTheRobots on Thursday April 03 2014, @02:50PM

    by BuildTheRobots (4021) on Thursday April 03 2014, @02:50PM (#25595)

    caused a surprising amount of uproar as a number of people took it far too seriously.
    imho, the best gag of recent years :)

    https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/INFRA-7524 [apache.org]

  • (Score: 1) by ChocolateTeacup on Friday April 04 2014, @07:36PM

    by ChocolateTeacup (1121) <chrispza@yahoo.co.uk> on Friday April 04 2014, @07:36PM (#26345)