Thursday, April 1, 2010

april fishing

So, I open my browser to find that all the vowels have vanished from gmail and that Google has changed its name to Topeka.
eta: And Starbucks is offering two new sizes the itty-bitty micra and (for the true caffeine junkies among us), the 128-oz plenta!

Which leads me to the probably totally unnecessary suggestion that, for today, you take everything you find on the internets with an even larger grain of salt than usual. If you're in a Francophone country, watch your back. Literally. Or you might find an April Fish taped to it.

What's the best April 1 prank that you've ever been the victim (or perpetrator) of?



(Picture is a public domain image of French greeting card, found via Wikipedia)

14 comments:

Magpie said...

I love that postcard.

In NYS, April 1 is opening day of fishing season. Like, for real.

areyoukiddingme said...

I saw the Topeka thing (although I thought it was a better story that Topeka was changing its name to Google), but missed out on the missing vowels. Good job, Google!

Tash said...

Not me, but a man I used to work with confessed that one April Fool's day his wife sewed together the top three pairs of underwear in his drawer and he didn't realize until he was at work. I always thought that was pretty brilliant.

Anonymous said...

Workmates put a tiny piece of scotch "invisible" tape over the tiny hole on a buddy's microphone in his cubicle's desk phone.
Whenever he used his phone, he was repeatedly asked to speak up, so he ended up shouting into his phone on every call.
One of the guys eventually felt sorry for him and removed it.
He never knew.

Anonymous said...

College. Shampoo replaced with Nair. Nuff said.

Kathy McC said...

Freezing friends bras was always fun, but the best was helping my mother sew up all my grandfathers "peek-a-boo holes in his boxers. He was always a jokester so we did it as revenge. He almost wet himself thinking his drawers were on backwards and could barely get them down in time to pee.

Anonymous said...

About ten years ago, when eCards were a new invention, I sent one to my cube-mate, signed by her long-time, live-in boyfriend, asking her to marry him. I used the return email address, boyfriend'sname@aol.com. (Substitute boyfriend's real first name). It was really cheesy, "Dearest Lisa, Please make me the happiest man on earth by becoming my wife, blah, blah, blah". I never suspected she could possible take me seriously. Fast forward 15 minutes. I hear her sobbing. Then I hear her dialing her phone. She was calling her boyfriend. I was frozen. I couldn't move. Then, "Yes, yes, yes!! I will marry you!!" followed by, "I think (sob) someone has played (sob) a very cruel trick on me."
Yeah. My best, unintentional April Fool's Day prank. Ever.

wheelsonthebus said...

Why, oh why, do I miss April Fools EVERY SINGLE YEAR?

Aurelia said...

I thought plenta was for real.

I didn't get the JOKE.

Crap.

niobe said...

@aurelia: Sigh. If only it were real.

anon@7:46pm. Ohmigosh. I feel a little guilty about laughing so much.

Azaera said...

Honestly no tricks were played on me this April Fools, but hubby came home from work freaking out about the "Itax" that Canada was coming out with. There was a story in the newspaper about them taxing the internet, and he was just livid. I looked it up online for him when he got home from work (he was telling me I had to read about it) and a page came up with a big APRIL FOOLS written on it. At first he didn't believe me, then he was mad that he hadn't realized it was a trick. It was actually pretty funny for me.

joyandwoe said...

I got three fake pregnancy announcements on Facebook. Which were hilarious! Almost as fun as defriending those jerks.

niobe said...

@Azaera: That is too funny!

@joyandwoe: That is, um, not.

Amelie said...

Standing in front of an hotel that was empty, not a single soul around. Finally a guy came, but, instead of April Fool, he said that it was being renovated. And that they had never heard of our reservation. Sigh.

(Luckily he was very nice and found us a room in another place. Much better than a night in the car at almost freezing temperatures.)