Status: Journalistic errors
CNet has an article about April Fool's Day hoaxes on the internet
. It has some interesting info in it, but surprisingly it makes two rather large errors. First of all, it describes the Microsoft iLoo
(an internet-enabled portable toilet) from 2003 as an April Fool's Day hoax. Microsoft announced the iLoo on April 30, making it a real stretch to describe it as an April Fool's Day hoax. But more importantly, although Microsoft did initially say the iLoo was a hoax, it later changed its mind and admitted that it was a real project
. And that was the final word from them about it.
The article also describes a story that ran in the BBC last year about Cold war bombs being warmed by chickens
as a hoax. I believe that's wrong. The story was odd, but true. Although when it ran a lot of people suspected it to be a joke. Wikipedia correctly lists the story
as genuine but widely interpreted as an April Fools joke.