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April 02, 2007

Call me a killjoy

But I hate April the first. The entire web seems to be shutdown with simply lame "hoaxes". It's particularly sad if you live west of the date line, because you read them all on the second of april anyway.

So, I hereby call for an April First moratorium. No more lame April first "pranks" people. Please.



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Yeah, it does get a little thin by April 2. I just don't bother much with anything serious on April 1st web wise, but the fact it's really over 2 days is a pain.

Posted by: Gary Barber | Apr 2, 2007 11:23:59 AM

Hehe... I'm only 6-8 hours behind the big ol' US, but the simplebits logo-rip-off thing got old a bit too fast. Other than that, I don't mind original hoaxes (I liked WebKit->Trident, other than it being too obvious), but I don't go out of my way to trick others.

Posted by: Frode Danielsen | Apr 2, 2007 11:34:15 AM

No, wait, what did I say. I'm 6-8 hours _infront_ of the USA. So scratch that, but the other part stands!

Posted by: Frode Danielsen | Apr 2, 2007 11:36:24 AM

Oh come on John!

Look on the bright side: if you post an April Fool's joke at your midnight on 1st of April, the rest of the world might take it seriously because they read it on 31st March.

Try it next year, and you'll find out it can be quite fun, especially when people take you seriously.

Posted by: ppk | Apr 2, 2007 8:13:52 PM

You're just mad cos you thought you could see the penguins in Antarctica.



Posted by: Cheryl | Apr 2, 2007 9:53:11 PM

we all kow there are no penguins in the souhern hemisphere, only polar bears!


Whaddya reckon I am - stoopid ;-)

Posted by: John Allsopp | Apr 3, 2007 9:20:48 AM


it's great when people take them seriously - but I think the last time that happened was about 1958!



Posted by: John Allsopp | Apr 3, 2007 9:26:36 AM

He he - well I think because of where we live, we really get TWO days worth of April Fools; ridiculous! I only fell for one or two - most of them people pointed out to me, preppended with "Check out this AFJ":

Posted by: Nathanael | Apr 3, 2007 9:59:43 AM

Hear hear! I also wonder how people in other countries get on with all this lying in the name of April Fools. Do they understand about this in non-western cultures?

I see April Fools jokes as highly appropriate for young kids in their own geographic locale (eg at school or in the playground).

For adults, on the Internet, well, not really.

Posted by: Miraz Jordan | Apr 4, 2007 3:24:15 PM

You're a killjoy!

Posted by: mattymcg | Apr 4, 2007 5:13:02 PM

I think Homer Simpson said it best "You couldn't fool your mother on the foolingest day of your life if you had an electrified fooling machine"

Posted by: Andy | Apr 4, 2007 5:22:06 PM

Amen Andy

My gripe is the lameness of almost all the so called "hoaxes", though I think that the prank pulled on Dan Cederholm (which I saw after writing the initial post) was pretty good. That one nearly got me, I saw one of the pages which I didn't know, and almost emailed Dan, but then I kinda twigged.

A good April Fool's joke must be plausible, and then hopefully elicit some kind of public behavior based on people believing it. Googles Toilet ISP is a great example of a lame "prank".


Posted by: John Allsopp | Apr 5, 2007 12:29:32 PM

I always read them weeks late, which just bugs me because then I spend ages trying to figure out if things are real. I do wish people would wrap up post on April 3 so I didn't feel so stupid.

Yes, I read the entire @media Antarctica site.

Posted by: DonnaM | Apr 13, 2007 11:01:50 PM

yeah, but look it in this way, maybe you are the second in listen the news, but in your side, you can see something first, the only problem is when a disaster come to your town.

Posted by: Generic Cialis | Apr 14, 2011 2:48:53 AM

There is always a day of the year that we just hate, it is just a matter of just letting the day pass without noticing it.

Posted by: samrx | Oct 5, 2011 4:08:55 AM