April Fools' Day

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12 Legendary April Fool's Pranks

Big Ben going digital? Switzerland harvesting spaghetti?

(Newser) - As you prepare whatever April Fools' Day prank you have in mind for your loved ones, take a look back at 12 classic jokes, courtesy of the Daily Beast :
  • Swiss spaghetti harvest: In 1957, the BBC aired a serious-sounding report on Switzerland’s bumper crop of pasta; hundreds fell for
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Google Renames Itself Topeka

Proclaims it a 'different kind of name for a different kind of company'

(Newser) - Google was so moved when Topeka, Kansas, changed its name to Google, that as of today, the company has changed its name to Topeka. “We didn’t reach this decision lightly,” writes Eric Schmidt on the official Topeka blog . “We had a fair amount of brand equity... More »

April Fooled: Coulter Buys Obama Detroit NASCAR Ban

(Newser) - Car & Driver managed to punk at least one blogger with an April Fools’ item about President Obama banning bailed-out automakers from NASCAR: Ann Coulter, reports left-leaning watchdog Media Matters. “With their racing budgets deemed ‘unnecessary expenditures,’” the article read, “GM and Chrysler are ordered... More »

Top 5 April Fools' Day Hoaxes

(Newser) - No one knows quite how today's holiday got its start, but it may have its roots in the resistance of French "fools" to the Gregorian calendar, which shifted New Year's from April 1 to Jan. 1. Of course, that explanation could be a hoax, notes the Huffington Post, which... More »

What Recession? Economist Launches Theme Park

(Newser) - The sober British financial journal the Economist threw probity to the wind today to announce the launch of Econoland—a public entertainment complex "that combines the magic of a theme park with the excitement of macroeconomics." The park is to be built on a former toxic waste site... More »

Another Year, Another April 1 Google Prank

(Newser) - Not even massive layoffs in its own house can stop Google from having a little fun on April Fools' Day, the Business Insider reports. The search giant announced it had turned on CADIE, the "world’s first 'artificial intelligence' tasked-array system." The neural network quickly went rogue and... More »

Guardian to Stop Presses, Go Twitter-Only

Guardian says will stop the presses after 188 years

(Newser) - After 188 years in print, the celebrated UK newspaper the Guardian is switching to a Twitter-only format, it said in today's April 1 edition. All news, the paper said, will appear in 140-character “tweets,” which “experts say” is enough for any story.  “In the new... More »

iTunes Offers Silent Freebie

First movement of John Cage's 4'33 becomes April Fool's giveaway

(Newser) - ITunes' April 1 giveaway is a landmark composition by avant-garde American composer John Cage, Gizmodo reports. The first movement of Cage's 4'33—an experimental piece consisting entirely of silence—has been made available for free download, although listeners who enjoy the first minute and 46 seconds of silence and want... More »

For April 1, an Ikea Car?

(Newser) - Ikea says it’s unveiling a car March 31, but the day after that is—you got it—April 1, Jalopnik reports. The Leko, which is touted by its “designer” on a French website set up by the Swedish home-furnishing giant, will be modular, able to operate as a... More »

Press Uncovers Shenanigans Aplenty

Penguins fly; pope plans gay Mass; check your calendar

(Newser) - The media uncovered several unconventional stories today, including a BBC video on flying penguins and a report in the Sun on stretching Nicolas Sarkozy to a greater height. And an Australian radio station revealed that the pope will deliver a special Mass for homosexuals in July, reports CNN. In business... More »

Google Gets Into the Spirit

Search engine pranks users with email time machine, mission to Mars

(Newser) - Google continued a time-honored tradition of April Fools’ Day pranks today with foolish new email features and a mission to Mars, cNet reports. Gmail users found a new feature, “Custom Time,” which would allow emails to be sent back in time. And not to worry in case of... More »

10 Ways to Play the Fool at Work

The most memorable April 1 office hoaxes

(Newser) - A good April Fools' prank can really liven up the office, and 32% of us have been on the giving or receiving end. CNN draws 10 of the best workplace gags from an annual CareerBuilder survey.
  1. Put pants and shoes in a men’s room stall to make it look
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