Wednesday, April 2, 2008

April Fool's 08

I'm a little late, but I had an awesome day on the Internet looking for Easter Eggs and getting pranked by dozens of sites.

I knew Google had something up their sleeve, so I actually went looking for these around 1am last night. Checked Gmail first, and of course there was something new.

Gmail Custom Time
- allows you to send emails from the past.

How does it work? - Gmail utilizes an e-flux capacitor to resolve issues of causality
Virgle - found it through YouTube in an announcement from Larry Page and Sergey Brin about a settlement on Mars in a partnership with Virgin. Pretty entertaining.

Google Wake Up Kit - sends SMS messages to wake you up, getting more aggressive with each message, ultimately resulting in water-dumping and bed-flipping.

YouTube - linked all videos featured on the front page to Rick Astley's Never Gonna Give You Up, rickrolling masses of people.

xkcd forwarded to Questionable Content which forwarded to Dinosaur Comics which forwarded to xkcd. Confusing for a second, but I eventually caught on after QC went to Dino Comics.

Think Geek
- loads of new items, from a USB Pregnancy Test to Caffeinated Cereal to a Betamax to HD-DVD converter to a new Wii game, Super Pii Pii Brothers.

College Humor - claims that College Humor was bought by some rich guy for his spoiled brat daughter, and College Humor is now her MySpace page.

Even Blogger had to throw something in. When I came to write this entry, there was a new announcement about Google Weblogs. When you click 'Check it out' or something like that, you are forwarded to a YouTube video, not only getting rickrolled, but getting rickrolled by Tay Zonday (the Chocolate Rain guy)!

I know there are tons more out there, but these were some of my favorites. I'm surprised that no hacks have been reported from MIT yet...

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