April Fools Pranks
March 31, 2011 by staff
Since 2000, Google issued a gag or more each year, according to Wikipedia, except for two years – 2001 and 2003. More recently, Google has taken the tradition to another level, the company staged gags last year and 17 in 2009. Many of them were even funny! 2000: MentalPlex, search Google for your brain waves Google Technology “MentalPlex” search your scanned brain activity, browser history, current weather conditions and speed of movement of the mouse to see what website you were trying to access.
Every April Fools’ Day, tech-savvy pranksters jam the Web with a variety of gags and jokes. We review some of the best rounds online a joke, from the underside of YouTube videos to the promise of real, live Facebook pokes.
In April 2009, the Guardian newspaper said it would immediately begin to provide all information via Twitter, then just a wee platform emerging social media. “A gigantic project is also underway to rewrite the entire archive of the newspaper, which dates back to, in the form of tweets,” wrote the Guardian reporter Palof Rio. ” (Yes, this is a false name. In fact, it is likely to be an anagram for a stay of some people.)
Among the proposed rewritings “1832 Reform Act gave the vote of one in five adult males!!!”“ OMG yay Hitler invaded Poland, allies declared war tinyurl.com/b5x6e to see more”; “JFK assassin8d @ Dallas, def. heard the second gunshot grassy knoll WTF?” Funny stuff. And rather prescient: In 2011, users of Twitter – a base that includes many reputable news organizations – send an incredible million tweets per day.
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