April Foolery rampant online
April Fools Day is truly a holiday fit for the Web.
Now, it’s no “International Talk Like a Pirate Day,” but April 1 always stimulates the creative juices of the Internet’s favorite sites, making up forgeries and fake products. Some will disagree, but I still love surfing the sites today for a good laugh.
Urgo.org put together a list of 492 April Fools’ jokes online. Here’s some of my favorites of the day:
- Google has a site up for their new “TiSP” wireless-Internet service, connected through your toilets (see the art above). You just send the cable down your commode, and a Google technician will be waiting in the septic system to hook you up. Classic! Google also put out a page about their newest GMail feature, Gmail “Paper”.
- ThinkGeek, the home for all things humorous for your cubicle, came up with tons of fake items for today’s holiday, including the R/C Battle Fish, the WiiHelm, the cleverest t-shirt ever, the power outlet tester, and caffeinated cigarettes. The best, however, is the 8-bit necktie.
- Gizmodo promised the iPhone’s release today … sort of … Also, a big deal about Sony’s newest innovation of a clock INSIDE a radio!
More after the jump…
- Noted outlaw site The Pirate’s Bay has declared a deal with North Korea’s Kim Jong-Il to host their servers in the North Korean embassy in Sweden, so that they are off limits to the hands of the RIAA and MPAA goon squads.
- Radio host Leo Laporte announced that his TWiT network has been bought out by G4 network, owned by Comcast. That’s funny, since G4 has been rumored to be on its last legs for a long while.
- XM satellite radio announced an all-podcast radio station. Again, a joke, but SIRIUS has a channel with podcasting content on it.
- Popular site TechCrunch redesigned CrunchGear with a mid-1990s feel, and great prank news, like Apple’s new iPirate software.
- Robert Scoble chimed in (on a respite from his blogging strike) to talk about a new eReader device from Cingular, Amazon and Google.
- CNET has a bunch of good fake stories, one about Amanda Congdon’s Playboy pictorial,
- NDTV has a story about retreiving sound “stored” in walls. Interesting…
- Britain’s Independant has a funny fake about Viagra gardens.
- Did you hear the Space Shuttle emergency landed in Tennessee? Didn’t even know it was on a mission…
- Kevin Smith’s News Askew site is posted backwards!
- And finally, April 2nd starts a day early due a mistake in the 1600s, so adjust your calendar accordingly!
[UPDATE: And coming in late, a story about bowlers being busted for steroids! Man, if I had REAL news today, would anyone believe it?]