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Posted: 30 March 2012 11:56 PM   [ Ignore ]
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The savvy Internet reader knows that you can’t believe everything you read online, but on April Fools’ Day we suggest that you not believe anything you read online.

Internet hoax time is just around the corner, and as our inbox continues to fill up with jaw-dropping press releases “strictly embargoed for April 1,” we thought we’d put together a list of some Internet hoaxes past—just to whet your appetite for what’s to come.

1. Tacocopter: Tacocopter took the Internet by storm in late March, when a faux Silicon Valley start-up put up a website outlining a plan to deliver tacos via remote-control flying drone robots. Sound too good to be true? Well, it is. While founder Star Simpson said she wouldn’t call her website a joke, Federal Aviation Administration regulations prevent the use of unmanned aircraft for commercial services. Bonus points for faking us out before April Fools’ Day.

2. Gmail Paper: On April 1 2007, Google announced Gmail Paper—a new service that would allow Gmail users to request a physical copy of any email message directly from Google. “Everyone loves Gmail. But not everyone loves email or the digital era,” Google wrote. “Whatever happened to stamps, filing cabinets and the mailman? Well you asked for it, and it’s here.” Although of course, it wasn’t. After a bit of clicking a user got to a page where Google copped to the joke. “As you may have guessed, Gmail Paper is not a real product or feature of Gmail. No, we don’t plan on sending you boxes and boxes of your email in hard copy form.” Wait, really?

3. Think Geek’s iCade:
The folks at the online super store Think Geek take April Fools’ Day very seriously, writing several faux descriptions of products that are only slightly more ridiculous that the products they normally sell. In 2010 they came up with the wacky idea for the iCade — an iPad cabinet that would allow you to play Atari games on your iPad — with joystick and buttons built right in. But this idea had legs, and now you can buy an iCade for real on Think Geek’s website for $99.99.

4.The IE IQ hoax: For one brief, glorious moment, tech reporters thought it just might be possible that people who used the Internet Explorer browser were actually dumber than those who used other browsers. A company called Aptiquant put out a study that seemed to prove it. The story spread like wildfire, until it was revealed to be a hoax. When the truth came out, the guy behind it all had this to say: “It was just a joke, and I didn’t really mean to insult anybody.” (Not technically an April Fools’ Day joke, but way too good to leave out.)

5. World of Warcraft introduces Crabby, the dungeon helper: On April 1, 2011, Blizzard, the maker of World of Warcraft, introduced Crabby, a giant holographic crab that hangs out at the bottom right-hand region of your screen and helps provide advice and helpful tips as you make your way through Azeroth’s dungeons. He’s so awesome, and fake.

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Posted: 31 March 2012 12:04 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Some zoo spokesman here in the San Francisco area said that on April Fools Day they get lots of calls for

‘Anna Conda’

Dan, trying to remember the others

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Posted: 31 March 2012 01:14 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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DanjR27 - 31 March 2012 12:04 PM

Some zoo spokesman here in the San Francisco area said that on April Fools Day they get lots of calls for

‘Anna Conda’

Dan, trying to remember the others

How about Mr C Lyon?

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Posted: 31 March 2012 03:07 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Ellie Fant

Leo Pard

Ann Teeter

P. N. Gwinn

Ray Noserus

G Raffe

(depending on your country of origin and how you pronoun it,) Z. Brah

E Mue

Jim Pansy

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Posted: 31 March 2012 07:13 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Richard Branson off to ‘centre of earth’. Story here.

BRITISH billionaire Richard Branson may have lost his race to the bottom of the ocean but not his sense of humour, declaring on Friday a faux plan to top his adventure rivals by voyaging to the centre of the earth.
The impossible journey was announced, tongue jammed in cheek, with the seriousness of a real campaign.

“Sir Richard Branson to launch journeys to the centre of the earth through Virgin Volcanic,” the website virginvolcanic.com claims.

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Posted: 01 April 2012 12:24 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Ikea’s recalling left-handed Allen keys.  Although you have to hand them in tomorrow, as apparently they’re closed today.

BMW’s saying that in order to avoid luxury car tax for their customers, their vehicles are no longer classed as “cars”, but “Ultimate Driving Machines”.  They’ve included the following link. Warning - leads to a Facebook page!

The Sunday Times (Western Australian edition) has also given a list of what they believe to be some of the best April Fools jokes over the years as follows:
* Left-Handed Whoppers (1998)
* Virgin buys Pluto (2011)
* Aliens invade Jordan (2010)
* Swiss Spaghetti Harvest (1957)
* Metric Time (Australia, 1975)
* Mini’s Vertical Parking Locator (2003)
* Taco Liberty Bell (1996)
* Suspension of Gravity (1976)
* G’Day from WA (Western Australia 2009)
* Sydney’s Iceberg (1978)

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Posted: 01 April 2012 09:17 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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2012 Google (AUTONOMOUS) Racing!!!

Google teams up with NASCAR!!!

The video is a MUST WATCH for NASCAR fans LOL
Nascar Video about Google Racing


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Posted: 01 April 2012 04:44 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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Westjet announces child-free cabins: Kargo Kids

And a meta-fool, showing that Google may be able to dish it, but gets taken in as well:Forbes fools Google

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Posted: 02 April 2012 02:07 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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I was rather fond of Google Maps’ ‘Quest Mode’ which turned your commute into pixelly roleplaying game. It even extended to the Street View.

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Posted: 02 April 2012 05:21 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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I think the Google Roo View was my favourite this year smile

http://google-au.blogspot.com.au/#!/2012/04/google-street-roo-exploring-outback-one.html

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The Middleman: (drinking milk) You know, that was some darn fine cow squirt.

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Posted: 02 April 2012 05:28 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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You know.. I actually think a race between unmanned cars would be awesome to watch. See who has the best algorythmns, who can progam for the tightest turns, etc. Folks would miss out on cheering for their favorite team, but watching the wipeouts would be awesome.

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1: Extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof. If it does what it says, you should have no problem with this.
2: What proof will you accept that you are wrong? You ask us to change our mind, but we cannot change yours?
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4. Personal testamonials are not proof.

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