Fri 1 Apr, 2011
Tags: Folklore, friday, Fun
April Fool’s Day is a traditional holiday for the Internet–perhaps the one holiday that is celebrated more on the internet than anywhere else. The ease with which ‘regular’ websites can be changed out for prank versions, as well as the various subtle ways in which clever hacks can take place, combine to make a holiday that can be enjoyed by both the prankers and the prankees.
Amongst many websites that offer April Fools Day fare, there are certain standouts that reliably serve clever and interesting pranks year after year. Google is well known for offering several absurd new products and services as pranks, mixed with one new service that is genuine–for instance, GMail was originally offered as a prank.
Thinkgeek offers a front page full of somewhat dubious and zany offerings, though, like Google, they usually end up implementing at least one of them–Canned Unicorn Meat and the iPad Arcade Cabinet, for instance.
Slashdot has traditionally had any number of prank stories on their frontpage, along with dubious ‘features’ and assorted other amusements; just as traditional is the grumbling of the killjoys who decry, every year, the ‘stupid’ practice of engaging in various shenanigans once a year.
XKCD is in 3D today.
Worth noting as an ancillary to the Internet’s celebration is MIT’s tradition of elaborate physical hacks–modifying a rotunda to look like R2D2, for instance. This year’s appears to be a visit from a certain Doctor.
The military also will occasionally allow a prank or two to be seen in the public domain; this year’s announcement of new headgear for the Army appears to be just such an occasion.
Keep an eye out for other pranks, and have a happy April Fool’s Day