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We hate April Fools Day. It makes story writing here at Vulture Central extra difficult, sifting through the endless fictional nonsense trying to find something interesting - and true. However, sometimes the gags can be quite amusing. Here are a few I've stumbled across on my story surfs today. Facebook Status Display T-Shirt …

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NetApp purchases EMC

Rather dull April's fool....

http://www.storagenewsletter.com/news/business/netapp-to-acquire-emc

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what about

gmail motion

http://mail.google.com/mail/help/motion.html

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Someone sent me this job posting from Google too

http://www.google.com/intl/en/jobs/uslocations/mountain-view/autocompleter/index.html

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The motion guide...

...looks like a dance routine to me! :)

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You missed -

Google's GMail Motion - they even have deadpan videos.

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My fav - MotoGP + F1 to Merge

http://motomatters.com/news/2011/04/01/f1_and_motogp_to_merge.html

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Wikipedia front page

Featured article was named "Fanny scratching". SFW - honest

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Angry Nerds

http://www.atlassian.com/en/angrynerds

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ThinkGeek wins

Simply on the level of effort they went through to build what many a fanboi might ACTUALLY buy. I have a few apple gadgets, but I'm no fanboi and this would not make it past the threshold of my home, but I know people who would buy this for their kids in a heart beat if it was real. The design (real or rendered?) is awesome, and if it wasn't April 1 I would have assumed this was real. (though, each year, some April 1 gag does usually turn into a product...)

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The title is required, and must contain letters and/or digits.

http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/r3al-d-true-sight-x23d-3d-glasses-5-99-ebuyer/911033

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WTF?

Who needs Wii when you have the Big G

Send emails by mimicking licking a stamp? Count me in.

http://mail.google.com/mail/help/motion.html

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No mention of Motion Gmail

http://mail.google.com/mail/help/motion.html

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My favourite

Was Marmite and Vaseline teaming up to make Marmite flavoured lip cream.

I know a few people who are quite upset it was an April Fools.

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According to The Current Bun ...

... Gorilla's at Howletts have been given some iPad 2's ....

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Google

I'm really looking forward to Gmail's new webcam-assisted interface, GMail Motion.

http://mail.google.com/mail/help/motion.html

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Shamelessly knicked.

Chap on usenet posted this:

https://groups.google.com/group/uk.rec.sheds/msg/0b2081dede6f645a?hl=en

( suggestion that Apple had installed a speak-your-weight machine app on every ipod and iphone overnight, and to try it out put yours on the floor and stand on it)

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ROTFLMAO

thank you

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Masturbation cures restless leg syndrome?

Sadly, it doesn't.

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@Ally J

Do you have statistically significant proof of that (though I am not sure how you would conduct a valid double-blind test for this...)

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Keep trying...

Keep trying. Doctors recommend doing it at least 3 to 5 times a day, twice more on Fridays and Saturdays.

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Exactly

I mean, how on earth would you go about recruiting a load of w**kers?

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Masturbation cures restless leg syndrome?

It does!

;-)

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Not sure about curing it

but as a prophylactic it seems to work....

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Exactly how.

You simply advertise for a wunch.

Be prepared to pay a LOT of money though, let alone the bonuses...

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@circadian

I should have known better than to post such a broad statement on a site like this. Let me re-phrase it.

"My experience is that onanism has no effect on restless leg syndrome. Other treatment methods are available."

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Masturbation cures restless leg syndrome?

It depends on which leg is the restless one!

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Google & Toshiba

Google's is top notch as ever, with motion-controlled email - http://mail.google.com/mail/help/motion.html

Toshiba's 3D monocle has an excellent video - http://us.toshiba.com/spectacle

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ad block sunglasses

The ad-blocking sunglasses idea has been done before. Let me guess, the billboards translate to things like "Obey"

...mine's the one with the bubblegum in the pocket. Uh oh, looks like I'm all out!

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Google...

No mention of Google's attempt?

http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fmail.google.com%2Fmail%2Fhelp%2Fmotion.html&h=0c799

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Not sure about...

...the New Scientist one. I'd have expected more pointers like the fictitious Dr Beendruck* that I seem to remember from years back.

*Legpull literally translated from Dutch.

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timing

I think the biggest clue is that it's dated 0:01am, clearly saved for the date.

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Reg is the April Fool

> That's what New Scientist said this morning. I guess it could be true, but how would we know?

Well, you'd know by clicking on the link in the new scientist article that leads to the article in the April issue of the journal Sleep Medicine, published by Elsevier. If you really wanted to you could pony up the $31.50 and buy the article. Even without actually reading the article, you would know because Elsevier is a particularly sense-of-humor-challenged publishing house who would never stoop to such a low level as April Fool jokes. You could google the names of the authors and find that they are genuine sleep- and restless-leg researchers. So El Reg is the April Fool for calling out a genuine story as an April fool joke.

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Nokia sues Apple

Enjoyed this one where Apple are no longer allowed to sell the iPhone.

http://www.gsmarena.com/nokia_wins_patent_lawsuit_against_apple_halts_iphone_4_and_ipad_2_sales_in_the_us-news-2472.php

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Good old Think Geek...

...they never let us down. The video for the Lightsabre lollypops was great.

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Anti-3D Glasses

Also on Think-Geek, these actually seem like something that might have a market.

http://www.thinkgeek.com/interests/looflirpa/e8be/

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Arsenic Sea Monkeys

I think you missed the best joke at Think Geek:

http://www.thinkgeek.com/interests/looflirpa/e8b9/

Doormat, because I for one welcome our new, arsenic-based Sea Monkey overlords....

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ThinkGeek

Have a reputation for thinking up products that you can't get but really want ...

http://www.thinkgeek.com/stuff/looflirpa/

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title

The best I've seen has to be Urlesque.com.. by a long way :D

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BBC Radio 2

Surely mention must be made of Rob Brydon's brilliant, whole-show impersonation of Ken Bruce this morning on Radio 2?

I only realised something wasn't quite right when, during the Popmaster quiz, I began thinking that Uncle Ken might have had a wee tincture or two before the show, such was his cheeky treatment of contestants. It was my wife who eventually rumbled it was Brydon.

The whole thing was hilarious, and a real mimicry tour de force ...

Flynno

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Likewise

I started to wonder if KB had been on the shorts before the show, then the penny dropped with the repeated slaggings off of his recent show with Steve Coogan, The Trip...

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April Fools

Funcom posted this http://www.thesecretworld.com/news/the_secret_world_shifts_to_fantasy_setting

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Post-playground toys are our children's future

Think Geek video: hilarious. No joke.

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Joke

This one almost had me - about the cuts

http://manchestermule.com/article/coalition-cuts-will-not-be-implemented-says-council-leader

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Royal Wedding coupon

From Groupon

(http://www.groupon.co.uk/deals/national-deal/royalwedding/280861)

"Two Tickets to the Royal Wedding for £8, includes Entry to the After-Party and a Glass of House Wine Each at Westminster Abbey (Value £1200)"!!!!!

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3Squared launch the Iron

Very funny one, the ultimate ipad2 accessory the Iron, see http://blog.3squared.com/software-development-news/ground-breaking-ipad2-innovation

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Operation Farewell April Fool

On a day where every hack prankster in the world dusts off the old "funny prank muscle" and embarks on a journey of of hoodwinking, I implore you to choose the road less traveled, my dear impressionable readers.

http://avatarjack3d.blogspot.com/2011/04/operation-farewell-april-fool.html

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One from the penguin folk!

Anyone checked out the "Canterbury Project" stuff? See the home pages for openSUSE, Gentoo, grml, Debian and Arch Linux. Then make up your own mind! :)

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Re: One from the peguin folk!

That got my vote for best of the year.

Works on so many levels:

1) The name's taken from the Canterbury Linux User Group which, famously, does not exist as such: http://clug.net.nz/index.php/ThereIsNoCLUG

2) Highlights the little factoid that the only way you can even raise the eminently sensible subject of standardisation in Linux without getting flamed to a crisp is as a joke.

3) Managed to get five distros to run a single standard landing page, flying in the face of 2 and having a laugh at its own expense.

Oak leaf and cluster to the lads behind this one.

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A cheeky double from Mountainview it is, then.

GMotion for one as we know, but woe betide the man who searches for Helvetica.

AGGH MY EYES!

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