Time is a funny concept, and on the Internet, this can be used to one's advantage. Take April 1st for example: just because April 1st may have ended where you are, doesn't mean that it may not be April 1st somewhere else in the world. Since this is the internet, everyone online lives in all time zones simultaneously (of course, for many of you, it's your local time zone that matters the most). So if I have the math right, this article will go live on midnight, April 2nd, 2001, in the timezone immediately east of the international date line. So I hope those of you west of Alaska and east of GMT will appreciate the extra dose of humor. With that, what were some of the better April Fool's pranks that you've experienced (or helped to create)?
Here are some other questions that were submitted along the same vein:
David the Drunk asks: "Well this year, with people being much more comftable with the internet, the bogus stories were thick and heavy. I suspect my favorite is from The Age newspaper in Australia, citing The UK Guardian in an article of some humor claiming that Superman is communist and Batman should be a terrorist. Apart from the Slashdot postings (they don't count) what else was good. Pity the Age article is dated on the 2nd, but the Guardian article is from the 1st."
...and this one from mcdade: "Being Sunday and all it wasn't a good day to pull pranks on coworkers, but i'm sure some people have some good stories out there. Mine goes something like this:
A few years back I worked at a University for a small spin-off IT group put together to implement Lotus Notes across campus. So for april fools day, the developers wrote an email with a button to "optimize" your computer, telling people to click it. It would give a bunch of random terms and junk, run a percent meter then report to the user that the computer was optimize anywhere from 1 to 1000 percent (based on random number). It did absolutely nothing, besides report back to our db who had clicked it (and how many times, yes, people were clicking it multiple times to see if they could get bet optimization). Well those that figured out that this was a joke found it refreshing, those that didn't, well they complained to IT, who inturn went to the VP.
So we were all summoned to the VP's office, figuring we were on a death march, and it turned out that he found it funny and figured that people on campus should lighten up. He even told us a story about how his daughter and her friends really got him one year.
Time for everyone else to share."
For the record, all of the Ask Slashdot's that were posted during April Fool's stretch were all actually submitted to the bin, with the names changed to protect the victi-..er...guilt...I mean, innocent parties.