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Show HN: April Fool's Pranks
103 points by siong1987 on Apr 1, 2013 | hide | past | favorite | 74 comments
Instead of saturating the frontpage with April Fool's pranks, why don't we keep all the jokes under this thread?

It works just like a subpage for just April Fool's pranks.

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I wrote a file system that gives weather reports: http://github.com/bhickey/cloudyfs

If you did this for Plan 9 it wouldn't be a joke. Actually I wouldn't be surprised if Plan 9 has already got this.

That is fantastic!

Gmail Blue reminds me of a lot of startups out there.

Google Nose is AWESOME! Think of the possibilities. This technology has the chance to improve the lifes of thousands stressed with long-distance relationsships.

Man... this will revolutionize cyber-sex as we know it!

Gmail blue made me think of: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pepsi_Blue

This is also from last year, IIRC

Yup. Youtube's prank this year is pretty great: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H542nLTTbu0

I was pretty impressed with the 12 hours of non-stop youtube readings. Dedication.

After seeing Gmail Blue.


Gmail Tap is from last year.

April Fools on the Python bugtracker

#17587 Have all core library modules imported by default


Even though I know its a joke, a part of me still raged inside.

    And can we put an & and a $ somewhere in Python?  I think these feel very cool to use, and are easily one of >the best things I miss from more advanced languages like C and PHP.  
    Let's be honest, doesn't this:
    Look a lot more professional than:

Okay, that one made me laugh :D

INTERCAL on Interstates http://www.intercaloninterstates.org/

Stackoverflow rolls out "Chat with an expert" https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=5470570

INTERCAL on Interstates looked so close to real... Almost disappointed it's an April Fools :(

Atlassian JIRA Jr. http://www.atlassian.com/jirajr

This is slightly tempting for the teenagers I wrangle -- mostly for the embarrassment factor.

Youtube on the selection of a winner: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H542nLTTbu0

As always, the really good stuff is in the comments.

I'd like to think they're playing along, but...

This is great. I get the impression that they are mocking app.net.

If you can get access to someone's iPhone for 30 seconds you can install a web app that looks just like the iPhone interface but with various surprises when anything is pressed.


Google Analytics - Visits from The International Space Stations: http://carlsednaoui.com/post/46805160838/google-analytics-ha...

Yeah i just submitted my newest startup via a Show HN and since then been watching Real Time Analytics.

I had no idea what that dot in the middle of the ocean was with 41 visitors; joke was lost on me for a bit. Cute.

Some awesome CSS for messing up your colleagues' browsing experience for April Fool's day: https://github.com/wesbos/aprilFools.css

Lambda the Ultimate is moving to Facebook: http://lambda-the-ultimate.org/node/4709

I put this one together. I tried to be pretty blatantly obvious but some people still bought it.


May I say, a brilliant use of domain names.

You may good sir! Fooled several friends with my use of the subdomain. Even after I told them I wrote it, "how'd you get an article on cnn?"

stereotypical job ad for a startup

probably by 500 startups


saw it posted on YC jobs

Are you sure this isn't real?

On second thought it could be real, but the notion of a startup needing a VP of engineering with 5 years of rails 3 experience seems absurd given how long rails 3 has been in existence.

edit: there are several articles about this company since 2011, so I guess it is real...

edit2: it's hard to take seriously with this line from the ad: "Yes, we realize that the best technology leaders are highly sought after. So why should you join us over that sexy social - local - mobile - sharing start-up?"

We specifically ask for, "5+ years of experience building and managing strong engineering organizations," not "5+ years of rails 3..." lol

re: "edit2" - we're basically trying to convey that we're solving a real and serious problem (helping retailers compete with amazon). it's actually resonated with potential candidates since smart and motivated engineering leaders don't want to just be part of "the next groupon..."

Thanks for the response. You know your metrics better than I do -- the ad just stood out to me because the tone conflicted with the message.

that's a good point...thinking of some edits...

It's definitely real. I've seen it long before today.

I've been keeping a list of every website that puts up an april fools' day joke since 2004. Here's the 2013 list (submit to here if you like too) http://aprilfoolsdayontheweb.com/2013.html

OkCupid Labs Date Courier (find dates via snail mail): http://www.okcupidlabs.com/blog/2013/03/30/Date-Courier.html

Charlie Stross goes into movie production


Google Japan has one on character input methods: http://googlejapan.blogspot.jp/2013/04/google-patapata.html

And Kotaku is not late to the party either: http://kotaku.com/tiny-nintendo-consoles-made-out-of-lego-46...

Kotakus Posting is real.

We did Goal Tracking by Mail and we're actually honoring these.


People seem to want an Android version of Lift, but we thought a nice, high-res paper version would do more to increase our reach.

Last year I uploaded an empty package to Ubuntu titled "Free Launchpad Karma" -- the idea was that whenever an Ubuntu developer wanted more Launchpad karma points, they could easily file a bug against it, close a bug against it, upload a new version, provide a translation, and so on.

Google Analytics - We were visited from International Space Station - http://www.merocampus.com/blog/2013/04/01/merocampus-visited...

Supposedly "Wearing Unerdwear can solve EVERY SINGLE problem you can imagine"


Google Analytics: Visitors from the International Space Station - Control Room


Wolfram|Alpha Handwritten Knowledge Engine: http://blog.wolframalpha.com/2013/04/01/introducing-the-wolf...

Just found this thanks to a late night diff eq. problem set:


Type 'peep' at http://www.wnyc.org/

Android Dev Portal "Add New Awesome Application"


The Guardian has announced 'Guardian Goggles'.


deviantART launches deviantHEART, a dating site for artists: http://www.deviantart.com/deviantheart/

Everest launches a startup within a startup, code named: Project Pink Elephant http://everest.com/about

Hopefully they've figured out limbo.

My favorite is Craigslist's new mobile site: http://Chicago.craigslist.org

iRoll - create fake iPhone apps to rickroll others. http://iroll.co/

I was expecting your link to be a rickroll.

Someone does this every year and the jokes still dominate the front page.

Some people get upset about this and some people let those people know that it's not a big deal because it's only one day out of the year.

This discussion is repeated on every joke submission.

<meta>Next year, I'm going to cite your comment in the 2014 version of this thread and say "And someone will comment ahead of time, explaining what will inevitably happen throughout the day"</meta>

Funniest thing is that someone said that in the 2011 version.


Not seeing it. Got a link to the specific comment?

Look again, I'm sure you'll find it ;)

It will be different this year !

Heck if I know, I submit April Fool's articles like Linus joins Microsoft to develop Windows 9. The submission gets flagged and my account temporarily not allowed to submit any more.

I was submitting blog posts on technologies and startups and used a bit of a sense of humor as well, but the whole blog is blocked now and appears the entries are in "the phantom zone" or whatever.

I don't really think that Hacker News has a sense of humor, and if it does, a majority of the people hate me for some odd reason to flag my submissions, while upvoting on other submissions that repost what I submitted but made the front page?

sorry to say that, but i saw your submission and it was not that funny...

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