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My personal favorite internet April Fools' joke.  (Source: Personal stash of Tom Corelis)

YouTube: You're so funny!
It's never going to give you up, never gonna let you down

April 1 is truly a special day for the internet masses, as webmasters everywhere find creative ways to have fun with their viewers.

Out of all the April Fools' pranks out there, my favorite is a remake that Firingsquad.com did to its front page a couple years ago, where The Home of the Hardcore Gamer became the Home of the Technologically-inclined Fashionista. I think the beauty of this particular prank -- and the reason behind why I love it so much -- is that it really, truly got me: at the time I wasn't aware the date was April 1, and the site's webmasters had historically never done anything special for the holiday. My surprise was indeed pleasant, and I quickly archived the site for later use.

YouTube, however, may have stolen my affinity for FiringSquad's take on Cosmopolitan: visitors clicking on any of the featured links are officially, shamelessly, and beautifully rickrolled -- introducing the masses, the fun way, into one of the greatest (yes, that's a subjective judgment on my part -- feel free to disclaim this in the comment section but realize that you're wrong) internet memes of all time.

Of course, the good folks at Google (owners of YouTube) are no stranger to such hijinks, and the same spoiled, eccentric minds that bring you Klingon-language search and Closed Caption search were just as busy on April Fools' prior: last year we were introduced to Google TiSP (Toilet ISP) and a few years before that, "Pin All Your Romantic Hopes on" Google Romance service.

Honestly, I wish more people and companies would participate in this great holiday. How awesome would it be to see a fake Microsoft announcement that it was abandoning Windows and porting all it's software to Mac, or Linux? One can hope -- after all Microsoft has demonstrated that it is at least capable of humor, even if it only shows it occasionally.

The fanboys and fangirls might disagree, but I think the Internet's public front is too serious of a place. Perhaps it's all the money flying around, but most internet -- and by internet, I mean corporate, since business is where all the money's at -- attempts at humor are just so... corporate. What the internet needs is a little bit more old-fashioned tomfoolery, if anything just to watch the clueless wonder what's going on, and then laugh with us when we tell them what's up.


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Blizzard
By Aikouka on 4/1/2008 9:51:58 AM , Rating: 5
Every year Blizzard does something good... and this year is no disappointment!

http://www.blizzard.com/us/




RE: Blizzard
By Master Kenobi (blog) on 4/1/2008 10:47:19 AM , Rating: 2
Yes! Space Tauren FTW!

Blizzard, Google, they never seem to disappoint when it comes to April Fools.


RE: Blizzard
By FITCamaro on 4/1/2008 12:34:30 PM , Rating: 2
ROFL!!!

Thats great. Would be excellent if they actually put it into the game as a bonus unit or something.


RE: Blizzard
By feelingshorter on 4/2/2008 12:59:05 AM , Rating: 2
no doubt they will! In WC3, you have the hydra/marine units for custom games. So no doubt that unit is real and can be used in custom games, since they have the animation/sounds for it already. No way they will just delete the unit since they already spent the time on it. Not to mention people will have a field day with making custom maps with that cool looking unit.


RE: Blizzard
By dflynchimp on 4/1/2008 4:10:38 PM , Rating: 2
haha, yeah I did a double take there, and was like sholy sh*t, five tauren marines butchered like 2 dozen reg. marines...unbelievable!...then I realized I shouldn't believe it...


Microsoft
By jeremiah084 on 4/1/2008 10:23:10 AM , Rating: 5
Microsoft's gaming division sent me this email today. Got me good.

http://www.xbox.com/en-US/community/promotions/200...




RE: Microsoft
By TomCorelis on 4/1/2008 11:31:45 AM , Rating: 2
Excellent. I loved the retro Xbox 360!


RE: Microsoft
By jlips6 on 4/3/2008 12:12:34 PM , Rating: 2
I would really buy that....

(i don't yet have a 360)


RE: Microsoft
By hcahwk19 on 4/3/2008 3:55:22 PM , Rating: 2
I got that one from MS as well. I sent it to a bunch of people, and posted it as a bulletin on MySpace. It fooled a lot of my friends. Even my fiance fell for it. Nice one!


Google Time
By lwright84 on 4/1/2008 11:13:48 AM , Rating: 5
RE: Google Time
By murphyslabrat on 4/1/2008 12:09:13 PM , Rating: 2
I was wondering what Google's gig was this year. I was worried that they had forgotten.


RE: Google Time
By Screwballl on 4/1/2008 7:28:18 PM , Rating: 4
I figured Google's joke this year was this:

http://www.google.com/virgle/index.html


The Legend of Zelda live action movie
By tricon on 4/1/2008 3:13:11 PM , Rating: 4
I can not recall ever seeing an April fools joke with this much time, effort, and production put into it. It is certainly the best joke I have ever been witness to.
http://movies.ign.com/dor/articles/863515/legend-o...




By gigahertz20 on 4/1/2008 6:33:37 PM , Rating: 2
Wow, that Zelda trailer could be put shown in movie theaters and everybody would believe it. The trailer is on youtube.com and there are a whole bunch of comments from people believing it's real...lol


RE: The Legend of Zelda live action movie
By threepac3 on 4/1/2008 6:40:49 PM , Rating: 2
A Zelda movie is long over due...


By EricMartello on 4/2/2008 3:16:18 PM , Rating: 1
Only if michael bay directs it...


By BushStar on 4/3/2008 6:40:16 AM , Rating: 2
You'll find the actual movie trailer here...

http://www.legendofzeldaseries.com/main.php?page=f...

Don't ever say it's not real.


FiringSquad Image
By Marcus Yam on 4/1/2008 4:16:05 AM , Rating: 5
April Fool's? I actually hand-picked various combinations of designer handbags and shoes!

Ah, the memories... :~)




RE: FiringSquad Image
By jlips6 on 4/3/2008 12:13:27 PM , Rating: 2
DT should come out with a april fools article next year.


Google
By nafhan on 4/1/2008 8:00:35 AM , Rating: 2
This year google is doing "Virgle" a mars colony joint venture with Virgin. Funny, but not as funny as some of the stuff they've done in the past.




RE: Google
By 325hhee on 4/2/2008 9:17:41 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
http://www.thinkgeek.com added several important products to their pages such as the highly acclaimed usb pregnancy test!


I was on the floor with this one Betamax to HD-DVD Converter, I love that site.


Love it...
By Vim on 4/1/2008 1:41:16 PM , Rating: 2
I love the USA




RE: Love it...
By AnnihilatorX on 4/2/2008 1:49:45 PM , Rating: 2
April Fool is worldwide.
you don't want to know what's on the Japanese game sites.

Like officials announcing developments of dating sim games with the other sex of characters of the original franchise.


other places with a theme
By tastyratz on 4/1/2008 12:14:32 PM , Rating: 3
http://www.thinkgeek.com added several important products to their pages such as the highly acclaimed usb pregnancy test!




Rick Rolled
By Master Kenobi (blog) on 4/1/2008 9:46:57 AM , Rating: 2
Yes, rick rolling the masses, I find this highly amusing.




isohunt.com
By prenox on 4/1/2008 1:14:39 PM , Rating: 2
isohunt.com is rickrolling people today too.




Marketplace
By MaulBall789 on 4/2/2008 9:08:26 AM , Rating: 2
They got me pretty good with this one. Anything with the IRS screwing with rebates gets me a little overly concerned.

http://marketplace.publicradio.org/display/web/200...




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