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April 1, 2002

This is April Fool's Day, 2002

April fools hoaxes for this year:

  • The Register: reported (http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/28/24652) AOL buying up weblogs
  • The Open Directory re-branded (http://www.microsoft.com@dmoz.org/April-01-2002_GOD_PR) itself as the 'Microsoft Directory Project'
  • Kuro5hin acquired (http://www.kuro5hin.org/story/2002/4/1/05035/09001) MetaFilter[?], renaming it to met4filter.org
  • Slashdot announced (http://slashdot.org/articles/02/04/01/1452256.shtml?tid=124) that is will start posting advertiser-sponsored news stories, and disable anonymous posting.
  • Google described (http://www.google.com/technology/pigeonrank) its PigeonRank system.
  • The Guardian profiled (http://www.guardian.co.uk/Archive/Article/0,4273,4385266,00) Harmony Cousins
  • CPAN renamed (http://www.cpan.org/) itself the 'Comprehensive Java Archive Network'
  • The annual spoof Linus Torvalds post on the Linux kernel mailing list[?] announced (http://www.cs.helsinki.fi/linux/linux-kernel/2002-13/0063) his resignation from the Linux effort
  • IETF published April 1st RFCs RFC3251 (Distribution of electricity over IP) and RFC3252 (Encapsulating IP in XML).
  • MIT changed (http://www.mit.edu) its home page to a spoof of the Google home page.
  • a spoof Yahoo News story was circulated (http://news.yahoo.com:PK%20Interactive%20Receives%20Funding%20from%20idealab@216.150.6.36/Yahoo!%20News%20-%20PK%20Interactive%20receives%20funding%20from%20idealab.htm) stating that PK Interactive had received funding from idealab[?] (note: check the URL below closely)
  • The TidBITS newsletter offered (http://www.tidbits.com/tb-issues/TidBITS-623) a spoof issue
  • The Tom's Hardware website reported (http://www.tomshardware.com/column/02q2/020401/index) that AMD and nVIDIA were to merge.
  • The BBC reported (http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/business/newsid_1905000/1905790.stm) more April Fools' pranks including the announced 'flotation' of Harrods[?].
  • CNN reported that two Montreal disk jockeys managed to phone Bill Gates on the pretext that one of them was Canadian prime minister Jean Chrétien wanting to set up a meeting with Gates. What CNN didn't mention is that these two have a reputation for their audacious prank calls. Previous recipients of their attention have included Queen Elizabeth II and Pope John Paul II.

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