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April Idiots

Post by Matt Morrison » Fri Apr 01, 2011 4:38 pm

I vaguely meant to trawl round a few sites like BBC News (probably too boring) and Football 365, etc. etc. etc. to see what April Fool's headlines they did.
But I only remembered in the afternoon, seconds before I remembered that you're supposed to only do them before 12pm so I was too late to check anything out.

I did see Google's yearly effort which is still up - I guess Americans don't subscribe to the 12pm deadline.

So, did any of you catch any good ones round the web? Get any good ones played on you in real life? Play any tricks on other people? And that.

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Post by Rhys Benjamin » Fri Apr 01, 2011 4:42 pm

YouTube have a button "1911" which you can make to turn the video into a silent movie.
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Post by Matt Morrison » Fri Apr 01, 2011 4:45 pm

I saw that early this morning, and never once did it cross my mind it was an April Fool's. I thought it was some kind of special celebration of something or other. That's pretty lame. Also, it didn't work on my own video unless I logged out to do it.

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Post by Matt Morrison » Fri Apr 01, 2011 4:49 pm

Portugal sells Ronaldo to Spain in €160m deal on national debt
http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/foot ... 58903.html

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Post by Mark James » Fri Apr 01, 2011 4:50 pm

Ian Dent arrived in to apterous just after midnight asking if people had seen the news on the front page of apterous that it was shutting down. Managed to hoodwink Scott Gillies.

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Post by Matt Morrison » Fri Apr 01, 2011 4:55 pm

Exposed! Today's April fools jokes
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/th ... on=Gallery

Nice round up from the Independent of 9 hoaxes - I particularly liked Rob Brydon doing Ken Bruce's Radio 2 slot and pretending to be him!

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Post by Matt Morrison » Fri Apr 01, 2011 4:55 pm

Mark James wrote:Ian Dent arrived in to apterous just after midnight asking if people had seen the news on the front page of apterous that it was shutting down. Managed to hoodwink Scott Gillies.
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Post by Phil Reynolds » Fri Apr 01, 2011 6:10 pm

Matt Morrison wrote:I particularly liked Rob Brydon doing Ken Bruce's Radio 2 slot and pretending to be him!
Yeah, it was quite entertaining, especially when he ran out of things to say and just mumbled unintelligbly a la Sir Rowley Birkin QC but still keeping Ken's accent and intonation and throwing in odd real words like "Simon Mayo". He also talked on the phone at one point to Terry Wogan, which I believe was actually Peter Serafinowicz.

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Post by Ryan Taylor » Fri Apr 01, 2011 6:14 pm

The one about the zimmer frame and the skateboard I saw on BBC news this morning and thought nothing of it really. Only when reading that run down of the top pranks did I realise how stupid I'd been. Then again it was like half 7 so I was still pretty asleep.

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Post by Matt Morrison » Sat Apr 02, 2011 9:21 am

10 stories that could be April Fools pranks but aren't
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-12932108

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Post by Keith Bennett » Sat Apr 02, 2011 8:12 pm

Well, I did set up a comment on an Anglo Italian game

http://www.apterous.org/viewgame.php?game=425588

which drew one person in, but I'm not even sure he realised he'd been had. There weren't many people around at the time unfortunately.

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Post by Adam Gillard » Sat Apr 02, 2011 8:17 pm

Keith Bennett wrote:Well, I did set up a comment on an Anglo Italian game

http://www.apterous.org/viewgame.php?game=425588

which drew one person in, but I'm not even sure he realised he'd been had. There weren't many people around at the time unfortunately.
Yeah, I didn't get that was what you were going for. Charlie had mentioned something about having 2 scores for the same game when it goes to tie-break conundrums, so I suppose this didn't seem so outlandish anyway.
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Post by Ian Volante » Mon Apr 04, 2011 12:09 pm

I discovered yesterday that an e-mail I'd read in good faith was in fact a joke. Given the context of the e-mail, I could be forgiven though :/
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Post by Michael Wallace » Mon Apr 04, 2011 12:14 pm

Ian Volante wrote:I discovered yesterday that an e-mail I'd read in good faith was in fact a joke. Given the context of the e-mail, I could be forgiven though :/
"MAKE YOUR MANHOOD GROW - EXTRA INCHES GUARANTEED" :?:

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Post by Ian Volante » Mon Apr 04, 2011 3:14 pm

Michael Wallace wrote:
Ian Volante wrote:I discovered yesterday that an e-mail I'd read in good faith was in fact a joke. Given the context of the e-mail, I could be forgiven though :/
"MAKE YOUR MANHOOD GROW - EXTRA INCHES GUARANTEED" :?:
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Re: April Idiots

Post by Matt Morrison » Mon Apr 02, 2012 7:34 am

Anything interesting yesterday?
Once again I didn't spot anything apart from the Google one.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-17580629

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Post by Ryan Taylor » Mon Apr 02, 2012 8:58 am

Just a few I came across which I think were April Fool's:
  • - Richard Branson launching Virgin Volcanic so that people can journey to the centre of the Earth via their nearest volcano
    - Daniel Craig being invited by the Queen to open the Olympic Games
    - Alesha Dixon set to compete for Britain's fencing team at the Olympics after being good during Sport Relief
    - George Osbourne announcing a 'green' tax on chilled champagne
    - Mock photo of Simon Cowell and David Walliams getting close in a London Park
    - A Hungry Hippo's iPad thing
I was going to set a quiz question where I read four news stories from the day of which only one was true (and I was going to use the zombie guns one of Putin as being the true one) but I decided against it just in case I got it wrong.

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Post by Ian Volante » Mon Apr 02, 2012 12:18 pm

There was something on a hosepipe amnesty too, which I skimmed over until I realised what the date was...
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Post by Matt Morrison » Mon Apr 02, 2012 2:55 pm

Ah, here we go:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article ... ds-newsxml

Well worth checking out.
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Post by JimBentley » Sun Mar 27, 2016 10:21 pm

So, apropos nothing, this is coming up again soon, isn't it?

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Post by Ian Volante » Sun Mar 27, 2016 10:59 pm

JimBentley wrote:So, apropos nothing, this is coming up again soon, isn't it?
Again? Sheesh.
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Re: April Idiots

Post by Thomas Cappleman » Mon Mar 28, 2016 5:27 pm

JimBentley wrote:So, apropos nothing, this is coming up again soon, isn't it?
Nope. They realised they stuck the leap day in the wrong place, so they're skipping April 1st.

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