35 votes

Megathread: April Fools' Day 2020 on the internet

It's already started a little, but over the next day or so, the internet will be filled with jokes, pranks, fake "announcements" from companies, fun interactive activities, games, and so on. A lot of these can be quite clever and interesting so I think posting about them in general is fine, but in the interest of preventing them from completely taking over Tildes, let's try to keep as many of them restricted to this thread as possible. Ideally, a separate top-level comment for each individual item would be good.

If something particularly discussion-worthy comes up (like an ARG or activity that a lot of people want to talk about), a separate thread is reasonable, but please make sure it has the "april fools day" tag. That way, if anyone wants to avoid seeing the April Fools' Day threads, they can use the topic tag filters and filter that tag out.

The above text was taken from last year's April Fools megathread, so I figured we continue with the same idea this year. :)

40 comments

  1. [5]
    0lpbm
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    Finally the KDE and Gnome projects have seen the light and are merging efforts in Knome.

    Finally the KDE and Gnome projects have seen the light and are merging efforts in Knome.

    24 votes
    1. [2]
      cfabbro
      Link Parent
      LOL @ the RAM usage chart. Too bad the download button doesn't obscure the link it leads to though... I would recognize that ?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ anywhere, and I refuse to be rolled again! :P

      LOL @ the RAM usage chart. Too bad the download button doesn't obscure the link it leads to though... I would recognize that ?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ anywhere, and I refuse to be rolled again! :P

      13 votes
      1. PetitPrince
        Link Parent
        That BSOD lookalike in the middle of the page is a nice touch.

        That BSOD lookalike in the middle of the page is a nice touch.

        6 votes
    2. sleepydave
      Link Parent
      I thought this was supposed to be April Fools?

      [Addressing Empowered Entitlement]:
      Users are entitled

      I thought this was supposed to be April Fools?

  2. [2]
    fifthecho
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    Lock Picking Lawyer keeps his tradition of heavily innuendo laden videos for April 1st.

    Lock Picking Lawyer keeps his tradition of heavily innuendo laden videos for April 1st.

    23 votes
    1. TheRtRevKaiser
      Link Parent
      LPL makes such compelling content, and I'm not sure I can even explain why. I'm only moderately interested in locks or locksports, and yet I will sometimes find myself watching his videos back to...

      LPL makes such compelling content, and I'm not sure I can even explain why. I'm only moderately interested in locks or locksports, and yet I will sometimes find myself watching his videos back to back for an hour.

      6 votes
  3. [5]
    rkcr
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    Today Google stops funding climate change deniers Sad that this has to be fake, but ah well!

    Today Google stops funding climate change deniers

    Sad that this has to be fake, but ah well!

    16 votes
    1. [4]
      aphoenix
      Link Parent
      Is this actually fake? Google sometimes releases stuff on April 1. Gmail came out on April 1 2004 for example. If that's a joke, it's been a pretty long lived one.

      Is this actually fake?

      Google sometimes releases stuff on April 1. Gmail came out on April 1 2004 for example. If that's a joke, it's been a pretty long lived one.

      6 votes
      1. [3]
        rkcr
        Link Parent
        Definitely fake. See the footer: It was built by Extinction Rebellion.

        Definitely fake. See the footer:

        This site is not sponsored by or supported in any way by Google. It is a parody site protected as "fair use" under Section 107 of the Copyright Act. If you work for the legal department of Google, and you believe your brand is being negatively affected by an announcement that you would want to halt the climate emergency, please email nyc@extinctionrebellion.us.

        It was built by Extinction Rebellion.

        29 votes
        1. [2]
          aphoenix
          Link Parent
          It worked. I bought it. I hate the internet on April 1. It's so useless. It's especially shit when the internet is how we do about 90% of our interactions right now.

          It worked. I bought it.

          I hate the internet on April 1. It's so useless. It's especially shit when the internet is how we do about 90% of our interactions right now.

          7 votes
          1. bhrgunatha
            Link Parent
            I find the vast majority of the "pranks" to be so uncreative and unfunny that I just try to avoid the web as much as possible. It's a shame because there are some genuinely brilliant and...

            I find the vast majority of the "pranks" to be so uncreative and unfunny that I just try to avoid the web as much as possible.

            It's a shame because there are some genuinely brilliant and imaginative pranks, like when reddit subs r/soccer and r/nfl (IIRC) changed their respective flairs and members from both subs went along with it, cross posting and having fun with it, genuinely heart-warming.

            8 votes
  4. [10]
    Bauke
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    Various things I've come across: Insaneintherain's video Rameses B's shocking new video Raft releases a new gamemode, Raft Royale Andreas Kling is moving on from SerenityOS to start a gaming channel
    10 votes
    1. [9]
      MetArtScroll
      Link Parent
      It could not escape me that this topic is marked as official, though it is posted neither in ~tildes.official nor by @Deimos. DIUC that you are now a co-admin (or, at least, a lesser admin rather...

      It could not escape me that this topic is marked as official, though it is posted neither in ~tildes.official nor by @Deimos.

      DIUC that you are now a co-admin (or, at least, a lesser admin rather than just a user with very elevated privileges)? EVEN BEFORE go1dfish ???

      1 vote
      1. [3]
        Bauke
        Link Parent
        No. :P I guess Deimos just marked it as official since the previous one was also marked as official.

        No. :P I guess Deimos just marked it as official since the previous one was also marked as official.

        3 votes
        1. Deimos
          Link Parent
          Yeah, I just marked it official to draw more attention to it, so people will be more likely to know to post AFD stuff in here instead of starting separate topics. I did the same thing last year.

          Yeah, I just marked it official to draw more attention to it, so people will be more likely to know to post AFD stuff in here instead of starting separate topics. I did the same thing last year.

          4 votes
        2. moocow1452
          Link Parent
          Maybe this IS the April Fool's joke for Tildes?

          Maybe this IS the April Fool's joke for Tildes?

  5. Omnicrola
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    Overwatch has modified all the characters to have googly eyes. It's pretty great.

    Overwatch has modified all the characters to have googly eyes. It's pretty great.

    15 votes
  6. [2]
    Amarok
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    This april fools my dad (who is 89 and has emphysema) amused himself by calling everyone in his contacts list and telling them we had the covid and we were all gonna die.

    This april fools my dad (who is 89 and has emphysema) amused himself by calling everyone in his contacts list and telling them we had the covid and we were all gonna die.

    11 votes
    1. the_funky_buddha
      Link Parent
      If my dad did the same I wouldn't know whether to be upset after finding out the joke, relieved or congratulating him for such morbid humor, which I love.

      If my dad did the same I wouldn't know whether to be upset after finding out the joke, relieved or congratulating him for such morbid humor, which I love.

      3 votes
  7. [5]
    haykam821
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    Reddit's event is r/imposter, which is basically a Turing test trained by Redditors. It's a bit underwhelming though.

    Reddit's event is r/imposter, which is basically a Turing test trained by Redditors. It's a bit underwhelming though.

    9 votes
    1. [2]
      Sand
      Link Parent
      Much better than last year, at least. Even if you need to use newreddit now.

      Much better than last year, at least. Even if you need to use newreddit now.

      5 votes
      1. haykam821
        Link Parent
        You don't need new Reddit. Just go directly to here.

        You don't need new Reddit. Just go directly to here.

        2 votes
    2. [2]
      mundane_and_naive
      Link Parent
      Usually the fun is seeing factions form and wage war with each other, not much of that is happening this year it seems.

      Usually the fun is seeing factions form and wage war with each other, not much of that is happening this year it seems.

      3 votes
      1. haykam821
        Link Parent
        Yeah, there's basically 0% real-time collaboration now.

        Yeah, there's basically 0% real-time collaboration now.

        1 vote
  8. [2]
    smoontjes
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    /r/Denmark thought it was a good idea and/or funny to close the subreddit in the middle of a pandemic. So now nobody can post important news or anything else for that matter... One of the worst...

    /r/Denmark thought it was a good idea and/or funny to close the subreddit in the middle of a pandemic. So now nobody can post important news or anything else for that matter... One of the worst April fools' jokes I can remember.

    8 votes
    1. vakieh
      Link Parent
      If your important news source is a subreddit you're already fucked.

      If your important news source is a subreddit you're already fucked.

      8 votes
  9. [2]
    hungariantoast
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    Guix is moving to GNU Hurd and deprecating the Linux kernel soon. Deprecating support for the Linux kernel I'm honestly not sure if this is a joke or not. I can 100% imagine this being real.

    Guix is moving to GNU Hurd and deprecating the Linux kernel soon.

    I'm honestly not sure if this is a joke or not. I can 100% imagine this being real.

    6 votes
  10. timo
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    I has actually been very quiet and I must say I like it :)

    I has actually been very quiet and I must say I like it :)

    5 votes
  11. EscReality
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    Every year Rough Country puts out a video that normally does a great job of making fun of themselves.

    Every year Rough Country puts out a video that normally does a great job of making fun of themselves.

    3 votes
  12. admicos
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    Replicant's (Android ROM) blog post about supporting a new device was interesting, to say the least. I might update this comment if I see anything else interesting, but this year's April 1st seems...

    Replicant's (Android ROM) blog post about supporting a new device was interesting, to say the least.

    I might update this comment if I see anything else interesting, but this year's April 1st seems more bland than I expected.

    2 votes