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Rather dull April's fool....
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 …
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...)
> 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.
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 ...
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.
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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