We earlier posted a joke someone played on his co-workers, using a fake “software update” sheet to get them talking to a photocopier.
But that’s only the tiniest tip of an enormous iceberg! Folks across the web have gone to town on the traditional day for tomfoolery.
Google, of course, leads the pack, with jokes on their main site, in which they announced a supposed name change:
Meanwhile GMail apologized for a “vowel outage” in its email service:
At the same time, Google Maps added a “3D” feature to Street View (if you have an old-fashioned pair of red-blue 3D glasses let us know how it looks). And as if that wasn’t enough, YouTube unveiled a bandwidth-saving “Text-P” resolution for its videos that shows everything in ASCII, claiming that doing so saves $1 a second in bandwidth costs (here’s an example of what it looks like).
Google, of course, isn’t alone in trying to punk the planet. Web TV service Hulu even produced an amazingly slick (and very funny) video spot starring Alec Baldwin that claims to reveal a plot to use TV to turn humanity’s brains to mush so that aliens can eat them.
Not to be left out, Starbucks announced “new beverage sizes” in supposed response to customer requests. The new sizes, Plenta (128 oz) and Micra (2 oz), are accompanied by photos:
It goes on … web comic site xkcd revealed an “all UNIX theme” to its website:
And ThinkGeek is selling an alleged “Tribbles and Bits breakfast cereal” (for the Trekker who has everything!):
On and on it goes. Find any pranks that tickled your fancy? Or hear of any? Let us know in the comments!