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Geeky April Fools' Day Prank Roundup

ScuttleMonkey posted more than 6 years ago | from the joy-from-other's-anguish dept.

It's funny.  Laugh. 282

An anonymous reader writes "April 1st is the ultimate holiday for a geek — a little hands-on DIY, a little hacking and a lot of sub-par humor. Popular Mechanics and Instructables have teamed up for five pranks you can build in the office (including a stripped-down version of Gizmodo's CES TV blackout), while Wired has its top 10 practical jokes for nerds, Lifehacker is toning it down with 10 harmless geek pranks, and Slate gets you ready for the receiving end with an April Fools' defense kit. What's your best prank?" Be safe, head for the bunker on 4/1 and just assume everything you hear is a lie. Everything.

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Everything? (5, Funny)

wanderingknight (1103573) | more than 6 years ago | (#22923710)

Be safe, head for the bunker on 4/1 and just assume everything you hear is a lie. Everything.
Even the cake?

Re:Everything? (5, Funny)

RobertB-DC (622190) | more than 6 years ago | (#22923736)

I can't believe we both hit the "submit" button at nearly the same time, on the same meme.

And that you beat me, you bastard.

Re:Everything? (5, Funny)

Dmala (752610) | more than 6 years ago | (#22923794)

Even the cake?

Especially the cake.

Re:Everything? (4, Funny)

StarvingSE (875139) | more than 6 years ago | (#22923932)

Speaking of cake, a favorite joke of mine is to put a delicious looking cake in the office break room with "Happy April Fools Day" written in large letters in the frosting. Of course, the cake is perfectly fine and 100% edible, but no one will trust it. Its amusing seing people staring it down, debating, and daring each other to take a bite all day long.

Re:Everything? (5, Funny)

BoogeyOfTheMan (1256002) | more than 6 years ago | (#22924178)

Hahaha, thats great. Perfect for a practical joke, none gets hurt, nothing gets damaged, no one feels bad. But I bet at the end of the day you get a lot of chuckles when you start to eat it.

My "best" prank (Read: Only prank I've really done) was taking a roll of shrink wrap from work and wrapping a coworkers car. Someone told him I was doing it, he comes out and says we should do another and leave the plastic on his so hes not blamed, lol.

Re:Everything? (2, Funny)

ArcherB (796902) | more than 6 years ago | (#22924552)

Speaking of cake, a favorite joke of mine is to put a delicious looking cake in the office break room with "Happy April Fools Day" written in large letters in the frosting. Of course, the cake is perfectly fine and 100% edible, but no one will trust it. Its amusing seing people staring it down, debating, and daring each other to take a bite all day long.
Next time, promise to bring pie and bring a cake with either the symbol or 3.141592653589793238462643383279502884197169399375105820974944... written on it.

Are they shooting horse or (1)

paiute (550198) | more than 6 years ago | (#22924048)

are a "major" publication's weblackies worse than most amateur bloggers?

"in vein"?

Re:Everything? (2, Funny)

ksd1337 (1029386) | more than 6 years ago | (#22924076)

Be safe, head for the bunker on 4/1 and just assume everything you hear is a lie. Everything.
I can rest assure you that Duke Nukem Forever will be coming out tomorrow, though.

Re:Everything? (1)

jameskojiro (705701) | more than 6 years ago | (#22924086)

Especially the cake!

No cake? (4, Funny)

RobertB-DC (622190) | more than 6 years ago | (#22923712)

Be safe, head for the bunker on 4/1 and just assume everything you hear is a lie. Everything.

Does that mean there *won't* be cake?

Dammit.

Re:No cake? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22923842)

Does that mean there *won't* be cake?
No, but there will be punch and pie!

and if past experience tells me anything (4, Insightful)

night_flyer (453866) | more than 6 years ago | (#22923720)

Slashdot wont be worth coming to tomorrow... see you all on the 2nd...

OMG... (1)

thrill12 (711899) | more than 6 years ago | (#22923956)

...ponies !

Or will it be daffodils this year ?

Re:and if past experience tells me anything (1)

stuff-n-things (89988) | more than 6 years ago | (#22924016)

OMG Ponies!

Re:and if past experience tells me anything (0, Troll)

glwtta (532858) | more than 6 years ago | (#22924102)

Ah, crap, I almost forgot it's going to be a solid day of "ZOMG Microsoft bought Linux!!1!" tomorrow.

Why do they do it? Seriously, it's just so painfully unfunny.

Re:and if past experience tells me anything (2, Insightful)

Oktober Sunset (838224) | more than 6 years ago | (#22924400)

like most april fools jokes then.

still get mocked years after ..... (5, Funny)

Brigadier (12956) | more than 6 years ago | (#22924108)



Once when I was still a newbie to slashdot, back in 1998 if I'm not mistaken. I read a story of bill gates adopting gifted kids, and wiring probes directly to there brain in the hopes of finding a successor. I believed it hook line and sinker and forwarded it to every co-worker. Suffice it to say I still get mocked to this day about 'Cris's Cranial Clicker' I think they even made me one out of a bowl and some silly string. So thank you slashdot, I will nto be here tomorrow

Re:and if past experience tells me anything (5, Funny)

Cro Magnon (467622) | more than 6 years ago | (#22924292)

Slashdot wont be worth coming to tomorrow...


That implies that it's worth coming to the other 364 days.

Journal, April 1, 2008, 6:30AM (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22923722)

*Significant other rolls over and looks deeply into your eyes*

"I love you."

*Thinks for a moment* "just assume everything you hear is a lie. Everything."

"I KNEW IT! LIAR!".

Re:Journal, April 1, 2008, 6:30AM (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22923754)

Significant other

Now that's an evil, evil prank.

John McCain - War Monger (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22923732)

y goal for this letter is to go placidly amid the noise and haste. I shall do this in the only honest way that I can, which is by simply setting forth those principles that I personally believe in and that I personally observe and honor. Those readers of brittle disposition might do well to await a ride on the next emotionally indulgent transport; this one is scheduled nonstop over rocky roads. As soon as you're strapped in I'll announce something to the effect of how most law-abiding citizens disapprove of John McCain's methods. And that's why I'm writing this letter; this is my manifesto, if you will, on how to fight scurrility and slander. There's no way I can do that alone, and there's no way I can do it without first stating that some day, his apolaustic, illogical attendants may ask you why you think it's a good idea to get my message about McCain out to the world. If you're too stunned to answer immediately they'll answer for you, probably stating that the purpose of life is self-gratification. You should therefore be prepared to tell these shameless lumpenproletariats that McCain wants to support those for whom hatred has become a way of life. Personally, I don't want that. Personally, I prefer freedom. If you also prefer freedom then you should be working with me to give him a rhadamanthine warning not to spoil the whole Zen Buddhist New Age mystical rock-worshipping aura of our body chakras.

Not that I ever believed McCain's lies, but at least before they had some kind of internal consistency -- a logic, albeit twisted, that invited refutation. But now, it seems he is desperately flailing about for any pretext, no matter how ludicrous or slight, to drag everything that is truly great into the gutter. McCain plans to squeeze every last drop of blood from our overworked, overtaxed bodies. The result will be an amalgam of rabid interventionism and mawkish absenteeism, if such a monster can be imagined. Might I suggest that he search for a hobby? It seems McCain has entirely too much time on his hands, given how often he tries to destroy our country from within.

McCain takes things out of context, twists them around, and then neglects to provide decent referencing so the reader can check up on him. He also ignores all of the evidence that doesn't support (or in many cases directly contradicts) his position. His apologists are too lazy to let him know, in no uncertain terms, that his conjectures are an evil, slaphappy carnival of voyeurism. They just want to sit back, fasten their mouths on the public teats, and casually forget that what I wrote just a moment ago is not the paranoid rambling of a snarky wacko. It's a fact. The spectrum of views between careerism and snobbism is not a line but a circle at which lackadaisical knuckleheads and the worst sorts of perfidious, rummy jackanapes I've ever seen meet. To properly place McCain somewhere in that spectrum, one needs to realize that there are two classes of people in this world. There are those who stretch credulity beyond the breaking point and there are those who supply the missing ingredient that could stop the worldwide slide into chauvinism. McCain fits neatly into the former category, of course.

Perhaps one day we will live in a world where good people are not troubled by fear of uncivilized flag burners. Until that day arrives, however, we must spread the word that someone has been giving McCain's brain a very thorough washing and now McCain is trying to do the same to us. Most of us who have been around for a while realize that if I am correctly informed, I can't possibly be alone in my view that my contempt for him is boundless. In any case, not only does McCain fuel the censorship-and-intolerance crowd, but he then commands his legatees, "Go, and do thou likewise."

I would like to give you an example of how tendentious McCain can be. McCain has admitted that he intends to kill the messenger and control the message. Okay, that may have been a particularly bald-faced and unsubtle example but McCain fervently believes that science is merely a tool invented by the current elite to maintain power. This shows that he is not merely mistaken about one little fact among millions of facts but that scapegoatism has long been McCain's lodestar. In reaching that conclusion I have made the usual assumption that he is not only sinful but is addicted to being sinful. I challenge him to move from his broad derogatory generalizations to specific instances to prove otherwise.

More often than not, McCain, already oppressive with his treacherous effusions, will perhaps be the ultimate exterminator of our human species -- if separate species we be -- for his reserve of unguessed horrors could never be borne by mortal brains if loosed upon the world. If you think that that's a frightening thought then consider that once you understand McCain's maneuvers, you have a responsibility to do something about them. To know, to understand, and not to act, is an egregious sin of omission. It is the sin of silence. It is the sin of letting McCain harm others or even instill the fear of harm. If the past is any indication of the future, he will once again attempt to cast ordinary consumption and investment decisions in the light of high religious purpose. The first lies that McCain told us were relatively benign. Still, they have been progressing. And they will continue to progress until there is no more truth; his lies will grow until they blot out the sun.

We must show McCain that we are not powerless pedestrians on the asphalt of life. We must show him that we can get the John McCain monkey off our backs and off other people's backs as well. Maybe then McCain will realize that I used to avouch that he was a rotten miscreant. However, after seeing how McCain wants to steal our birthrights, I now have an even lower opinion of him. In fact, I'd go so far as to say that I can't possibly believe McCain's claim that the future of the entire world rests in his hands. If someone can convince me otherwise, I'll eat my hat. Heck, I'll eat a whole closetful of hats. That's a pretty safe bet because McCain's fairy tales reek of solecism. I use the word "reek" because by increasing society's cycle of hostility and violence, McCain has erected a monument to resistentialism. Only it does not seem proper to say that such a thing has been "created". "Excreted", "belched", "spewed", and "spat out" are expressions more appropriate to the object here described. You see, McCain decries or dismisses capitalism, technology, industrialization, and systems of government borne of Enlightenment ideas about the dignity and freedom of human beings. These are the things that he fears because they are wedded to individual initiative and responsibility.

Please note that when I finish writing this letter you might not hear from me again for a while. I simply don't have enough strength left to oppose McCain and all he stands for. Nevertheless, one of McCain's favorite tricks is to create a problem and then to offer the solution. Naturally, it's always his solutions that grant him the freedom to criticize other people's beliefs, fashion sense, and lifestyle, never the original problem. I must emphasize that if I didn't sincerely believe that what we need from him is fewer monologues and more dialogue, then I wouldn't be writing this letter. McCain's apostles were recently seen turning the trickle of sexism into a tidal wave. That's not a one-time accident or oversight. That's McCain's policy.

What McCain is incapable of seeing is that history has once again proved me right. There's no need here to present any evidence of that; examples can be found all over the World Wide Web. In fact, a simple search will quickly reveal that the concepts underlying McCain's morally repugnant remonstrations are like the Ptolemaic astronomy, which could not have been saved by positing more epicycles or eliminating some of the more glaring discrepancies. The fundamental idea -- that the heavens revolve around the Earth -- was wrong, just as McCain's idea that it is better that a hundred thousand people should perish than that he should be even slightly inconvenienced is wrong. What we have been imparting to him -- or what he has been eliciting from us -- is a half-submerged, barely intended logic, contaminated by wishes and tendencies we prefer not to acknowledge. Here's an idea: Instead of giving McCain the ability to open the floodgates of vigilantism, why don't we tell him how wrong he is? If we do, we'll then be able to call your attention to the problem of vitriolic protestors.

McCain says that he is a paragon of morality and wisdom. That's his unvarying story, and it's a lie: an extremely anti-democratic and raving lie. Unfortunately, it's a lie that is accepted unquestioningly, uncritically, by McCain's foot soldiers. His claims are pure tripe. So let him call me disdainful. I call him brutish. I wouldn't judge McCain's cultists too harshly. They're just cannon fodder for McCain's plot to withhold information and disseminate half truths and whole lies. The only way out of John McCain's rat maze is to beat him at his own game. It's that simple.

Re:John McCain - War Monger (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22923928)

Way to get to the point in a timely manner...

CANNOT EMPHESIZE ENOUGH (5, Insightful)

superwiz (655733) | more than 6 years ago | (#22923934)

Slashdot needs a "spam" moderation category. These posts are becoming more frequent and pretty soon "off-topic" won't do it -- there won't be enough moderators with mod points to kill these off.

Re:CANNOT EMPHESIZE ENOUGH (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22924540)

And a built-in spellchecker, apparently.

Damn it is almost that time of year again (-1, Offtopic)

Tweekster (949766) | more than 6 years ago | (#22923738)

Where slashdot is basically useless because they can't help but barrage people with "clever" pranks (well I am sure they think it is clever, in reality it is just pure idiocy)

Why is it news sites insist on posting such unfunny and useless crap as "news stories" every year on April Fools Day?

I got Rick Rolled (4, Funny)

GillBates0 (664202) | more than 6 years ago | (#22923742)

I got Rick Rolled. You can too [smouch.net] .

(speakers on, detach mouse for best effect).

Re:I got Rick Rolled (3, Funny)

rrohbeck (944847) | more than 6 years ago | (#22923920)

How about Ring Rolled?

http://youtube.com/watch?v=IlhZCDlEmh0 [youtube.com]

Re:I got Rick Rolled (2, Informative)

calebt3 (1098475) | more than 6 years ago | (#22924088)

Oblig [xkcd.com]

Re:I got Rick Rolled (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22924180)

There's an interesting documentary [youtube.com] about Rick Rolling on Youtube.

Re:I got Rick Rolled (1)

Hatta (162192) | more than 6 years ago | (#22924410)

What I don't get is how rickrolling is funny or a prank. Doesn't anyone look at their URLs before they click a link? And if you do click the link by mistake, you DO have flash blocked, right? And even if you don't, it's just an 80s pop song. How is that funny?

Never been rick rolled, watched it once to see what the fuss is about. I don't get it.

10 harmless geek pranks (5, Funny)

$RANDOMLUSER (804576) | more than 6 years ago | (#22923746)

Feh.

I'm looking for "10 spectacularly fatal geek pranks".

Re:10 harmless geek pranks (1)

Reverend528 (585549) | more than 6 years ago | (#22924006)

I'm going to replace my coworker's mac book pro with a Therac-25 [wikipedia.org] . Lets see if he notices.

Re:10 harmless geek pranks (5, Funny)

Lord Apathy (584315) | more than 6 years ago | (#22924142)

I just replaced the offices easy listening CD's with 12 hours of polka. I also stole the key that goes to the closet where the cd player is. Tomorrow is going to be interesting. Good thing I have my own mp3 player.

10 fatal geek pranks (2, Informative)

jbeaupre (752124) | more than 6 years ago | (#22924036)

A quick summary of the list (omitting details to avoid unwanted carnage).

10) Acid
9) Pringles
8) Explosives
7) Old Newspapers
6) Toiletries
5) Electricity
4) Adhesives
3) Feral cats
2) Dry Ice
1) Neutrons

Special mention: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Funniest_Joke_in_the_World [wikipedia.org]

All deadly funny, but do not try these at home. You have been warned.

Re:10 harmless geek pranks (1)

evanbd (210358) | more than 6 years ago | (#22924196)

A couple turns of fine solder around the prongs of an (unplugged) electrical plug, against the plastic (so it's hard to spot).

Not fatal, but will make quite the bang when your victim plugs it in. Use thin solder and it won't even trip the breaker. Lead-free is highly recommended...

Printers and Stats (5, Funny)

Bazman (4849) | more than 6 years ago | (#22923748)

I once announced to our department that because black toner was so expensive, we were switching our printers to black paper and white toner. I put a sign next to the printer saying to only put black paper in the printer. Someone actually bit, and asked me in all seriousness where in the store cupboard the black paper was.

On another occasion I sent an email to a stats software mailing list saying I'd written a package to implement not the Normal distribution, but the Paranormal distribution. Its mean value was the number you were just thinking of.

Re:Printers and Stats (5, Funny)

$RANDOMLUSER (804576) | more than 6 years ago | (#22923812)

I once sent round a (VAX) e-mail, as a "mail test" with a closing line "Please let me know if you don't get this". Sure enough, a few people asked me: "Wouldn't it make more sense for you to ask us to let you know if we got it...". So I could proudly reply: "See, you DIDN'T get it".

the three stooges (2, Informative)

TheGratefulNet (143330) | more than 6 years ago | (#22924204)

you must give credit, at least as far back as we can remember. for me, that's the 3 stooges.

writing a paper letter: "PS: if you didn't get this, let me know and I'll send it again".. or to that effect.

its not clear if the howards+1 invented this joke or not. but I'll give it to them, on the liklihood that its theirs.

(still a good one; just pointing out how old it is).

Re:Printers and Stats (1)

Psmylie (169236) | more than 6 years ago | (#22924494)

My favorite trick I played on my co-workers was remote into their machines and replace all the default Windows .wav files with something a little more... lively.

Let's see... I had a Wilhelm scream, Daffy Duck going "whoo-hoo!", Elmer Fudd laughing, the Star Trek door-opening noise for when a window opened, etc.

The screenshot of the desktop trick worked well on my boss, too. He rebooted three times trying to fix his "freeze" problem :)

Most importantly... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22923758)

...do we get the OMG Ponies! Skin tomorrow? Please say yes!!11

April Fools' Day On The Web : 2008 (2, Interesting)

Urgo (28400) | more than 6 years ago | (#22923760)

For the most complete list of jokes head over to this site: April Fools' Day On The Web : 2008 [aprilfools...theweb.com]

Best prank (5, Funny)

Sciros (986030) | more than 6 years ago | (#22923770)

This was way back in high school, but I'm fairly certain it will work well in any large, densely-populated building.

1) choose the victim building
2) get 3 pigs
3) paint very prominent digits -- '1', '2', and '4' -- on the pigs
4) release pigs in building selected in step 1

Watching folks round up the 3 pigs is fun enough. But it's hilarious to watch the long, futile search for pig #3.

Re:Best prank (5, Funny)

nwf (25607) | more than 6 years ago | (#22923946)

And here I thought it was some really clever use of pigs to generate random binary numbers. Alas.

Re:Best prank (2, Funny)

gstoddart (321705) | more than 6 years ago | (#22924034)

This was way back in high school, but I'm fairly certain it will work well in any large, densely-populated building.

Was cow-tipping popular at your school? I'm sure most of us couldn't lay hands on several pigs. Gotta be a rural thing.

Watching folks round up the 3 pigs is fun enough. But it's hilarious to watch the long, futile search for pig #3.

But, surely the math geeks figured out they were base-2 pigs, right? :-P

Cheers

Re:Best prank (1)

wattrlz (1162603) | more than 6 years ago | (#22924186)

But, surely the math geeks figured out they were base-2 pigs, right? :-P

Wouldn't they be labeled 1,10,100 then?

Re:Best prank (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22924202)

But, surely the math geeks figured out they were base-2 pigs, right?
Obviously not a math geek are you? Otherwise, you'd realize that in order to have a 4, you'd have to be at least Base-5.

Re:Best prank (2, Informative)

gstoddart (321705) | more than 6 years ago | (#22924240)

Obviously not a math geek are you? Otherwise, you'd realize that in order to have a 4, you'd have to be at least Base-5.

Hmmm ... 2^0 == 1, 2^1 == 2, 2^2 == 4.

It's the value, not the symbol. In this case, the sequence of integers which correspond to the power of two.

And, no, I'm not a math geek, I'm a software developer. :-P

Cheers

Re:Best prank (3, Informative)

Asmor (775910) | more than 6 years ago | (#22924404)

What you should have said was powers of two, not base 2.

Re:Best prank (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22924136)

1) choose the victim building
2) get 3 pigs
3) paint very prominent digits -- '1', '2', and '4' -- on the pigs
4) release pigs in building selected in step 1

Watching folks round up the 3 pigs is fun enough. But it's hilarious to watch the long, futile search for pig #3.
Better yet, do it in a CS/IT building. Add a fourth pig, label it "0" and hide it for a while.

Re:Best prank (1)

Thelasko (1196535) | more than 6 years ago | (#22924254)

In my day it was cows instead of pigs. You turned them loose on the second floor because, as rumor has it, cows can walk up stairs but not down.

I seriously doubt this ever happened. I think it's just a rural legend.

Re:Best prank (5, Funny)

Hatta (162192) | more than 6 years ago | (#22924432)

How do you paint numbers on the pigs without getting maced or tazered?

No prank matters really (2, Informative)

Apoorv Khatreja (1263418) | more than 6 years ago | (#22923772)

All of us here are waiting for Google to do it's thing. Last year, it was very unimpressive, TiSP. I hope they come up with something better this year, probably something more real, related to the search engine or GMail.

Re:No prank matters really (1)

CptChipJew (301983) | more than 6 years ago | (#22923800)

IIRC correctly their April Fools pranks always include an actual new product. That's what I'm waiting for.

Tomorrow's news today (1)

zappepcs (820751) | more than 6 years ago | (#22923780)

Hilary will give up her presidential bid
Bush will say Iraq was a big mistake
RMS will announce a new project The Torvolds Barnyard
Comcast will give 50 downloads from iTunes to each of it's customers
It will be declared bittorrent day in Iceland
Jenna Jameson will buy Maxim and rename it Angry Inch
Countrywide's Executive team will return their golden handshake money
Jesus will be spotted in the snow on the side of Mount McKinley
- He'll be wearing Nike branded ski gear

Ponies (5, Funny)

TimeForGuinness (701731) | more than 6 years ago | (#22923786)

I sneak in at night and paint my neighbor's cubicle pink, decorate with construction paper hearts, and tie a real pony to his desk. He always comes in the next morning and say "OMG PONIES!"

Never gets old.

Re:Ponies (1)

cptnapalm (120276) | more than 6 years ago | (#22923834)

I am utterly baffled as to why I react to the P0n13Z thing as if it is the summit of comedic genius...

my best prank... (5, Funny)

SuperBanana (662181) | more than 6 years ago | (#22923848)

What's your best prank?

Tricking the editors into posting really crappy april-fools stories each year on the 1st. I've been doing it for almost 10 years straight and they still haven't caught on.

Re:my best prank... (2, Funny)

Technopaladin (858154) | more than 6 years ago | (#22923952)

I never noticed any difference between 4/1 and any other day...

Desktop screenshot (1)

esocid (946821) | more than 6 years ago | (#22923852)

Back when I was in high school my friend did the old screenshot as desktop to our us history teacher and put a foam mouse in place of the real one. She eventually did figure out that the mouse wasn't real, but got so frustrated that one of us "broke her computer" that she called down the vice principal to lecture us. No matter how long that guy lectured it was still hilarious and I remember it 6 years later. I may just have to try that reversing the fridge handle thing in my office and see what happens.

Re:Desktop screenshot (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22924160)

I may just have to try that reversing the fridge handle thing in my office and see what happens.

You need to reverse the hinge, not the handle. If you reverse the handle, everyone will figure it out right away, because the handle isn't where they expect it.

What's your best prank? (4, Funny)

fahrbot-bot (874524) | more than 6 years ago | (#22923870)

Showed up for work on time, clean-shaven and in nice clothes.

Re:What's your best prank? (4, Funny)

gstoddart (321705) | more than 6 years ago | (#22924070)

Showed up for work on time, clean-shaven and in nice clothes.

Dude, that could so backfire on you as established precedent. :-P

Cheers

Wrong holiday (1)

wattrlz (1162603) | more than 6 years ago | (#22924236)

That's halloween you're thinking of.

Bismarck (1)

dj245 (732906) | more than 6 years ago | (#22923894)

I work in a Class Society [wikipedia.org] . Tommorow I will be handing out various work packets filled with drawings of the Bismarck [wikipedia.org] . They're bring it back into class.

Re:Bismarck (1)

Ironsides (739422) | more than 6 years ago | (#22924248)

You've got to tell us how that goes.

ssh (4, Funny)

trb (8509) | more than 6 years ago | (#22923910)

I heard that April Fools Day was cancelled this year.

Re:ssh (4, Funny)

Some guy named Chris (9720) | more than 6 years ago | (#22924062)

What does ssh have to do with April Fools Day?

Re:ssh (1)

youthoftoday (975074) | more than 6 years ago | (#22924520)

how else are you going to get inside the ____ server to do ____ prank?

Possible Cure For Cancer Found! (1)

Otter (3800) | more than 6 years ago | (#22923938)

Be safe, head for the bunker on 4/1 and just assume everything you hear is a lie. Everything.

Frankly, that's not a bad way to approach the other 364/5 days of the year here also...

For you EE people (5, Funny)

EvanED (569694) | more than 6 years ago | (#22923944)

For people who have more electronics knowledge than I have:

Make a circuit that beeps every 30 seconds or so. Add a photoresistor that turns on and off the beeping, so it beeps when it's dark. Put in victim's bedroom.

Laugh at the though that when they go to bed, it will start beeping, frequently and quietly enough to be annoying, but infrequently enough that it's hard to find. But when they turn the lights back on... the beeping stops!

Re:For you EE people (2, Interesting)

megaditto (982598) | more than 6 years ago | (#22924054)

This needs to beep at random intervals (say between 30 and 300 seconds) or else it will be very easy to time the signal and use it to locate the circuit.

It would also help to increase the frequency to 6000 Hz or so, which will also make it harder for humans to locate the direction of sound.

Finally, tape a 100 dollar bill to the bug for when the person finally finds it... they are probably going to be mad as hell and this will give you an easy way out.

Re:For you EE people (1)

Harmonious Botch (921977) | more than 6 years ago | (#22924192)

It would also help to increase the frequency to 6000 Hz or so, which will also make it harder for humans to locate the direction of sound.
Ummm...surely you mean decrease the frequency. As a general rule, higher frequencies are more directional.

Re:For you EE people (3, Funny)

ShiNoKaze (1097629) | more than 6 years ago | (#22924056)

If you have the knowledge you might as well wire it into the light switch so that it's not visible...

Re:For you EE people (1)

Chode2235 (866375) | more than 6 years ago | (#22924134)

Why not just write a .cmd script that repeats the character for system beep, loop it. Or use Net send and do the same, but loop it on your end, so you don't have to trick them into running the script.

Re:For you EE people (3, Insightful)

calebt3 (1098475) | more than 6 years ago | (#22924184)

Not light-sensetive, but still useful:
http://www.thinkgeek.com/gadgets/electronic/8c52/ [thinkgeek.com]

Re:For you EE people (2, Funny)

glarvat (753298) | more than 6 years ago | (#22924486)

I planted one Annoy-a-tron in the boss's car at lunch. On the way back, it made the 12 kHz buzz just as he was braking, followed by "What was that?" It was great!

Another will be planted in his cube this evening.

Tomorrow should be pretty entertaining because he'll hear the sounds during the commute and again throughout the day.

I think the only way it could be better is if I were able to somehow sew one into the lining of his coat...

Re:For you EE people (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22924208)

If you have the ability, you'll recognize that this will cost about $0.50 in parts, and will require parts that you can only order in groups of 5 or 10. In which case, you'll build 5 of them, put them in different places in the victim's room, and have each beep randomly about once every 15 minutes. The victim will hear one, fixate on it to locate it on the next beep, which will unfortunately be from a different sensor behind or to the side of them. They'll fixate on the new location, which again won't be correct.

Re:For you EE people (2, Funny)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | more than 6 years ago | (#22924366)

Laugh at the though that when they go to bed, it will start beeping, frequently and quietly enough to be annoying, but infrequently enough that it's hard to find. But when they turn the lights back on... the beeping stops!
As a victim of a prank similar to this, I feel compelled to warn you that you're risking your life.

MSOXML (3, Informative)

Citizen of Earth (569446) | more than 6 years ago | (#22923978)

Presumably, ISO will announce that MS-OOXML has passed as an interna[tiona]l standard tomorrow.

Re:MSOXML (1)

Gat0r30y (957941) | more than 6 years ago | (#22924044)

Netcraft confirms it

Re:MSOXML (1)

calebt3 (1098475) | more than 6 years ago | (#22924210)

A story a few days ago said he results would be announced early this week, so we won't know what to believe about it.

Wallpaper fun (4, Funny)

ah.clem (147626) | more than 6 years ago | (#22924000)

Replacing a co-worker's desktop wallpaper with a screenshot of the red and white "Windows has shut down your Active Desktop... did you recently add a new program?" error message is always good for some juvenile yucks - especially if it's the computer of a real "power user".

No matter how old we get, guys are always suckers for sophomoric humor - I think it's genetic.

Funniest so far (1)

Seakip18 (1106315) | more than 6 years ago | (#22924002)

I had a professor handing out assignments today regarding a openGL 3-D program. It's implementing how openGL does everything we've done manually...

anyways, the due date was tomorrow till he realized he had the dates wrong.

MOD POINTS!!!! (1, Offtopic)

phobos13013 (813040) | more than 6 years ago | (#22924066)

I hope my mod points are good for tomorrow! Its a no-brainer! Everything is +5 Offtopic!!!!

Rick Roll defence tips every geek needs for 4/1 (5, Informative)

josteos (455905) | more than 6 years ago | (#22924082)

These guys have a good summary of stuff to do to protect you & your network from 4/1 shenanigans.

http://www.itprotips.com/defence/NoPrankZone/ [itprotips.com]

Another fun keyboard prank... (5, Funny)

Lendrick (314723) | more than 6 years ago | (#22924132)

This one is especially good if you have a roommate:

Pop the M and N keys off of their keyboard and switch them around. Then, download a keyboard remapper and remap the M and N keys so that they correspond with the new arrangement (ie, the M key gives you an M, and the N key gives you an N, but their positions are switched). Pop the M and N keys off of your keyboard and switch them as well, but don't remap them.

After repeatedly mistyping (nistypimg?) things, they'll take a good long look at their own keyboard and then have a look at yours, just to compare (and of course, you've anticipated this and switched your own keys around too). With any luck, they'll be convinced they're going crazy.

Inspired by Twin Peaks.. (1)

dghcasp (459766) | more than 6 years ago | (#22924166)

"Someone put a fish in the percolator!"

I actually did this several years ago - three people took coffee before one came back and dumped the pot.

That's easy ... (1)

ubrgeek (679399) | more than 6 years ago | (#22924274)

I told everyone we'd have a day of zero dupes on /.

My best aprils fools (4, Funny)

ookabooka (731013) | more than 6 years ago | (#22924298)

What's your best prank?
I've done a lot but I think my favorite one was when I was in 6th grade or so. My father usually got up at around 7:00 to take me to school at 8. I went into his room (very sneakily) and set his clock an hour forward wearing my backpack, spring jacket, etc. I then turned on the lights, woke him up and said, "Dad, you have to take me to school, I have a presentation!" and then quickly went downstairs as if I too was in a hurry. He looked at the clock (displaying 7:55) and promptly jumped out of bed frantically trying to get ready. I could have easily let it continue till we were actually at school by switching his car clock too and everything (it was a cloudy day so the sun wouldn't have been able to clue him), but I decided to let him know after he got dressed and was about to jump in the car:)

Moral of the story:
1) Get it in as early as possible: chances are by the end of the day they probably are more suspicious.
2) Know your victim: my father knew how much I hate getting up early in the morning, he would find it really hard to believe I would wake up before I had to.
3) Make it plausable: We all have at some point screwed up in setting our alarms, the scenario I created could have very well actually happened. Be mindful of details.
4) Don't be cruel: Let them in on it after it is apparent they fell for it before they start really acting on what you fooled them with. Don't make them afraid for their life or anything crazy like that.

My father is a smart man that isn't easily deceived, I have spent many years refining my technique.

Re:My best aprils fools (1)

ookabooka (731013) | more than 6 years ago | (#22924408)

April fools is also the perfect time to practice those social engineering techniques, this year, I am going to try to make a lot of authoritative posts on slashdot that start off like "I am a biology PhD candidate at UCLA and you are wrong because. . ." that are quite believable at first, but slowly become more and more absurd, finally ending with a sig that is a disclaimer in case anyone REALLY missed it. Bookmark my profile if you like :-p

Re:My best aprils fools (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22924514)

I am a member of the Slashdot Authority Verification Department, and I have to advise you that doing that would be a violation of Slashdot Internet Impersonation Act, section 6, paragraph 3. If you go through with your plan, the possible consequences are a permanent revocation of your slashdot access enforced by a subdermal RFID implant, or permanent replacement of every instance of the letter 's' with the letter 'z' in all of your posts, including those that are yet to be posted

DISCLAIMER: I am not really a member of the Slashdot Authority Verification Department

Deadlines (1)

c0d3r (156687) | more than 6 years ago | (#22924308)

Who here has a project deadline on April 1st? I've noticed patterns where deadlines are on holidays such as Oct 31, Sept 11, Easter...etc

M

My Favorite Prank (5, Funny)

loafula (1080631) | more than 6 years ago | (#22924338)

April, 2003. I was living in a large tent, on the Persian Gulf coast, in northern Kuwait. I returned to my cot after a hard days work, where I was greeted by a fake plastic snake. I was not surprised, due to the fact I noticed Spc Harris fighting laughter while keeping a watchful eye on me as I entered the tent.

I am one for vengence, so my mind immediately began cooking up a scheme. The roof of the tent was made of a double layer of thick canvas material. It was sloped, at about a 45 degree angle. Harris slept with his head pointed towards the side wall, and feet pointing towards the center of the tent.

I took my trusty knife one afternoon, and cut a slit in the bottom layer of canvas, above Harris' head, on the roof of the tent. I left the slit there, in plain sight, for two weeks thinking he would be suspicious of it at first. After the two weeks were up, I constructed a fairly large fake spider out of electrical tape, pipe cleaners and black paint. I used fishing line for it's silk. I put the spider in the roof of the tent, slightly past the slit I had cut. I then ran the fishing line over the slit, out and down the side of the tent, and finally back into the tent near my cot.>/p>

That night after lights out, as Harris layed on his cot, watching a movie on his portable DVD player, I put my plan into action. I pulled slightly on the fishing line, causing the spider to move over and fall through the slit. I then slowly let out slack, causing my home-made monster to descend on it's web. The alignment couldn't have been more perfect, because the spider descended into the space between the portable movie screen, and Harris' face. Harris' reaction was priceless, too. Too scared to scream, he jumped from his cot, flung the DVD player across the room, knocked over a bunch of his crap, and wound up sprawled across the floor babbling "holy shit holy shit". The lights in the tent then went back on, and there was much laughter.

It all boils down to (1)

Yvan256 (722131) | more than 6 years ago | (#22924344)

who you can trust. [nocookie.net]

Prank via Outlook (1)

Dekortage (697532) | more than 6 years ago | (#22924348)

My office has more than a dozen conference rooms, which can be reserved for meetings through our Microsoft Exchange/Outlook system. We're very heavily reliant on this system. We also have way too many meetings.

A month ago, I went into the system and booked *all* the conference rooms for the entire workday of April 1 (8am to 6pm). My set of fictitious meetings was called "Productivity in the 21st Century: An Interactive Meta-Analysis of Resource Allocation." A handful of other people were in on the joke.

Last week, one of our executives came to me with a senior person in our facilities department (who ultimately handles room management). They did not find it funny, and insisted I un-book all the meeting rooms. In all seriousness, the facilities guy offered to show me how to book a meeting that didn't consume all the rooms for the entire day. Right. I unbooked them. *sigh* They had a couple of good reasons for it (like scheduling meetings on April 1 with a set of federal officials) but still... the humor was totally over their heads.

Favorite from my college days... (1)

ravyne (858869) | more than 6 years ago | (#22924370)

Here's a good one to pull on your least favorite C or C++ programmer (or which can be applied suitably to other languages) -- find a critical, though little run for loop and locate the cursor just after the closing parenthesis ')'. next, hit tab about 20 times. Finally, enter the following "; // loves teh cock!!!1! bonus points for depraved creativity of the comments following the semi-colon. This works best if you can do it from their station while they're away or if you have "raw" access to the file, because version-control (check-in/check-out) logs will betray you :)

Ones I remember (1)

InlawBiker (1124825) | more than 6 years ago | (#22924428)

Make a "joke" corporate web site with false bios of the management, etc. Redirect everyone from the internal office to the joke site but leave the real site up for everyone else.

Program a co-worker's computer to play funny sounds whenever certain keys are pressed. Make sure the sounds have a delay of a few seconds before a sound plays so it's hard to identify which keys are doing it.

Apply packing tape across the exit of the bedroom door, or entrance to the bathroom door.

More packing tape - tape the toilet seat to the toilet lid and wait for the splash.

Head for the bunker WHEN? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22924436)

Why would we need to head for the bunker on january 4th?

Favorite geek pranks... (-1, Troll)

OrangeTide (124937) | more than 6 years ago | (#22924448)

1. When my fraternity brothers and I helped establish ourselves as a real fraternity by having a panty raid
2. When I filled the dean's house with popcorn using an aircraft mounted military laser.
3. When my friend and I built a beautiful woman on our computer and had a huge week long party.
4. When I was at space camp, my robot friend launched us into a real space mission. (funny AND cool)
5. When I hacked into a military strategy computer, and played global thermonuclear war to impress a girl.
6. When I stole plutonium from my mom's boyfriend's work and made a nuclear bomb. .. just a sample of the great geek pranks I have personally committed.
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