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Ask HN: What's your favorite April Fools Joke today?
74 points by joshfinnie 1949 days ago | 74 comments
I think we need to get a single source for all today's pratical jokes that are getting submitter to Hacker News. I thought we could use this post as a forum of sort. This will also allow for people to upvote their favorites and we can get a running tally of the best-of-the-best.

Thank you.




My favorite so far is XKCDs Command Prompt. There are so many easter eggs to find, it is definitely a time killer!

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Am I the only one that thought this, and then realized you could just look at the source code, and then realized that I'm too lazy?

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Looking at the source isn't lazy that's just good thinking -- time is precious! :)

I went one step further after playing with it for 30 seconds and bypassed the source entirely: found a comment on reddit which listed all of the features and commands.

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Meta-source-code-reading?

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The problem is that the more you put apart things because of laziness, the more you become lazy.

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Type "i read the source code" into the prompt.

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I laughed at the reply to "cat".

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I agree with everyone saying XKCD is their favorite. The easter eggs are simply brilliant. Second on my list is Reddit, for making everyone a king for a day.

SSP (Shameless Self Promotion): My top 10 april fool's day pranks of 2010 - http://www.pallab.net/2010/04/01/top-april-fools-day-jokes-o...

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Great. Just wish it had bash completion.

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You mean it's just a prank? I was kind of hoping it would stay.

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Reddit has a "turn admin on" link next to your username. When admin is on, you can change headlines, vote multiple times, see user's IP addresses and likelihood of being a bot or a spammer, and ban users in three different ways. And the background on comments pages is from the Sistene Chapel.

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The Sistine Chapel Background is only in the Science SubReddit, which also has a lower-case t for the reddit icon. It got a chuckle out of me. :)

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I'll have to make this a shameless plug, but it's probably the only way any of you will get to know about this.

My startup, Qaym.com is a restaurant rating site in Arabic. We're located in Saudi Arabia. April fools isn't a big thing here or in the Arab world in general. But people know the concept. Today we announced that we're changing the site to become exclusively a camel rating site.

We even made a logo: http://blog.qaym.com/2010/04/blog-post.html

And a homepage to boost: http://www.qaym.com/

Most people got it off the bat. Many were confused. And a couple were actually upset, even after they've figured out it was a joke!

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Youtube's textp. If you haven't seen it yet somehow, many of the videos where you normally pick the resolution of the video now has a textp option, kinda hoping they keep it past april 1st.

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progressive text... so much better than interleaved text.

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Wow, I'd love a linux command-line tool that does something like that!

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I am pretty sure you are joking but here is how to do it with mplayer. See http://www.mplayerhq.hu/DOCS/HTML-single/en/MPlayer.html#aal... and below (on that page).

libcaca: mplayer -vo caca yourvideofile

aalib: mplayer -vo aa yourvideofile

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mplayer!

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I'm pretty partial to our own, which includes a working implementation: http://cappuccino.org/discuss/2010/04/01/solving-the-javascr...

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You got me! I read that late last night and thought it was real....

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Google's new java annotations are rather funny: http://code.google.com/p/gag/

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I was going to say this too. You can download the bits and play with them. Its impressive that its all actually implemented/documented.

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Do a Google search for anything and look at the stats for the search.

Results 1 - 10 of about 397,000,000 for anything [definition]. (0.30 microfortnights)

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You mean: "Do a Topeka search...." http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2010/04/different-kind-of-com...

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Only works for the english version, though. I had to go to google.co.uk, since google.com redirects me to google.cl

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0.64 times the velocity of an unladen swallow. That's pretty good!

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Personally I'm most excited about the paranormal romance "Unicorn School: The Sparkling". Start reading half-way down. http://www.antipope.org/charlie/blog-static/2010/04/psa-new-...

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http://us.blizzard.com/en-us/games/mobile/

As a runner-up...

http://www.cheapassgamer.com/

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Can the Blizzard games please be real? I want to out-surf and out-shoot a megalodon! I can feel the Epic right through the Internets!

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Let me Google that for you (lmgtfy.com) links point you to Bing search results.

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I can honestly say Ars Technica's gets my vote. http://arstechnica.com/staff/nate/2010/04/tentacular-tentacu...

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Not sure if you noticed it or not, but the new logo is a very nice touch!

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I rather like Werner Vogel's 'AWS Import/Export for Legacy Storage Systems' joke -- once you read the text, it's very obviously a joke, but the title itself sounds rather plausible: http://www.allthingsdistributed.com/2010/04/aws_importexport...

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The Independent's piece on the Circle Line (London Underground) being turned into the second Large Hadron Collider.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/hadron-collider-ii...

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I find them all annoying. April 1st is basically my break from the internet.

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http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/info/underdev/equipmentpotenc...

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Hilarious! It took me a few minutes to notice all the subtle puns everywhere.

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Canned Unicorn Meat: http://www.thinkgeek.com/stuff/41/unicorn-meat.shtml

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I like Atlassian fourwalls. Bringing foursquare to the enterprise with developer checkins. The site is funny. "Devlopers: use our API to write your own APIs". http://atlassian.com/fourwalls

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Hitler learns the truth about fourwalls: http://atlss.in/bMoCmm

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Man arrested at Large Hadron Collider claims he's from the future: http://crave.cnet.co.uk/gadgets/0,39029552,49305387,00.htm

...at least I hope it's an April Fools joke, or we're seriously fucked.

EDIT: Actually this wins: there's a vowel outage at gmail http://gmailblog.blogspot.com/2010/04/todays-vowel-outage.ht...

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If you're a Settlers of Catan fan, check out the DealBase deal on the Isle of Catan: http://www.dealbase.com/Isle-of-Catan/Hotel-Catan-deals/Deal...

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It's not an April Fool Joke per se, but http://rjlipton.wordpress.com/2010/03/31/april-fool/ has to be the funniest thing I've seen in quite a few Aprils.

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For any DJs out there, the "Enable Auto DJ" button in Mixxx changes to "Enable Pee Break Mode" on April 1st.

http://www.mixxx.org/

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I don't know my favorite, but I do know my least favorite:

http://www.kernel.org/

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Cisco IOS QoS configuration guide - flesh tone recognition to classify and monitor suspect pornographic images

http://packetlife.net/media/blog/attachments/413/nbar_flesh_...

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http://www.freelunchproject.com/

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if you've been following the starcraft 2 beta, and you know a little bit about professional starcraft 1, then you'll probably find teamliquid.net's SC2 promod (http://www.sc2promod.com/) hilarious

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I humbly submit my own attempt at humor: http://blog.obsidianportal.com/?p=362

It might be funny to anyone who has to deal with user-generated content.

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Yahoo! CEO Carol Bartz to be fined by FCC? http://zomg.yahoo.com/fcc-to-possibly-fine-yahoo-ceo-for-swe...

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The article "Orthographic Correlations in Astrophysics" by Zuntz, Zlosnik, Zunckel, and Zwarf on the arXiv.

http://arxiv.org/abs/1003.6064

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Shameless self promotion - http://tweetsworth.com/e

Submitted it here for testing a few days ago but few people realized it was a joke.

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New Eclipse logo: http://www.eclipse.org/org/press-release/20100401_newlogo.ph...

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LHC used to discover the Neutrinosaurus

http://user.web.cern.ch/user/news/2010/100401.html

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I always like trying to figure out which of the products http://www.thinkgeek.com made up for April Fools.

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i wish the iCade was real

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I made the IT guy find the 10 lirpa viruses my anti-virus software was picking up but wasn't able to remove. Funny thing; he never found em =/

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Stack Overflow made everyone's profile pics into unicorns. It was the only one that got me today, 'cause I just noticed my own at first.

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Picassa Lifesize isn't bad: http://picasa.google.com/lifesize.html

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I rather liked the Y Permutator story - if for no other reason than it made me think whether it should have been C Combinator.

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I like Tremulous Exclusively Going to Xbox Live: http://tremulous.net/

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xkcd's command prompt for sure

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liking this re justin bieber (beeber?) http://gruvr.com/blog/justin-bieber-to-change-spelling-of-su...

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Am I the only one who hates April Fool's day on the web?

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Maybe you just find it exhausting to have all these awesome things come out on this day only to have them rudely taken away only hours later.

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sorry, then this is not the thread for you :(

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Yes, it's obnoxious.

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Downvotes for the truth?

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you are not alone.

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Yes

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Kernel.org and their upsidedownternet. ¡unɟ sʎɐʍןɐ s,ʇı

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Google Translate for Animals, this is just hilarious http://www.google.co.uk/intl/en/landing/translateforanimals/

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YouTube's TEXTp they should keep that in the labs projects, and the Google translate for animals was quite funny.

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eBay buys back Skype http://skypejournal.com/2010/04/ebay-buys-back-skype.html

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