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Welcome to April Fools Day, the one day of the year where companies, large and small, announce fake products and services (with a humorous bent). This thread is a collection of all pranks and jokes found so far.

Top level comments should be a link and description of a prank.

Merry Christmas!


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    Flask was originally an April Fool’s Joke (pdf).

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        It is insane to me how many people are taking that as a Real Thing, but it’s been picked up even by quasi-legitimate sites like InfoQ as of this writing (http://www.infoq.com/news/2014/04/svn-migrates-to-git).

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        Google announces the Pokemon Challenge, where users can find and capture wild Pokemon using Google Maps. Can you become the best, like no one ever was?

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          You can mine Unicoins on Stack Overflow for powerups.

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            “This padlock icon ensures that all your details are transmitted and stored securely.”


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              Headdit: A revolutionary way to browse reddit. Control reddit by using gestures with your webcam. Except it’s not quite April Fools, since it actually works.

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                    The one day I don’t use the internet.

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                      Nerf Nuke

                      Mutually-assured NERF destruction


                      Links to popular news stories “Sun landing | Amazon baby delivery | The Queen to compete”


                      £499.99 “Hello, is it an edible chocolate bust of Lionel Richie you’re looking for?”

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                        The problem with Bing’s April Fools news stories is that they are put in with real news stories on the main page. Granted, these fake news stories don’t seem to appear on Bing News’s main page (news.bing.com), but I would prefer if their trending news stories were all fake rather than leaving the reader to guess. It’s completely obvious once you click on one, but that’s just my personal preference.

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                        Scientist and open-access advocate, Michael Eisen, founder of the Public Library of Science (PLoS), forsakes open access.


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                            Now with V8 JavaScript I think everyone should switch from C to JS even if you are programming for embbeded devices. Obviously V8 JS is so fast you’ll never notice the difference! /Scarcasm

                            In all serious knew I think they are poking fun at a very real mistake some devs make when they make silly decisions due to their attachement/love of a particular framework or language that is ill suited for the purpose, e.g. using NodeJS for static file hosting or blog rolling.

                            A good programmer once told me that you should use the framework and languages are just tools, and you should only use the right tool for the right job.

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                            Not precisely an April Fool’s per se, but an article over a legendary 1957 April Fool’s, still fondly remembered: Is this the best April Fool’s ever?

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                                The IETF doesn’t disappoint http://www.rfc-editor.org/rfc/rfc7169.txt

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                                  This is actually not that bad an idea if not for the fact that anybody who would want to use it would be legally bound to not use it.

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                                    File under “Internet Culture”: homestarrunner.com has been updated!

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