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Megathread: April Fools' Day 2021 on the internet

(Is it really that time again already?)

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.

I'm going to use the "official" styling for this topic (that's usually only for ~tildes.official topics) to make it stand out more to try to encourage people to notice it. If you notice people making individual topics for April Fools' Day things that don't really warrant their own topic, please (nicely) encourage them to delete and post in here instead.

49 comments

  1. [3]
    Omnicrola
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    It occurred to me last night, as I'm curled up in bed feeling feverish, shivering, with body aches and some mild nausea, that I have successfully pulled an early April Fool's prank on my own...

    It occurred to me last night, as I'm curled up in bed feeling feverish, shivering, with body aches and some mild nausea, that I have successfully pulled an early April Fool's prank on my own immune system.

    got the J&J vaccine yesterday
    23 votes
    1. [2]
      CALICO
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      I got that myself last week. Hang in there, it might suck for a few days. Some of my coworkers were fine after 36–48 hours, I took five days.

      I got that myself last week. Hang in there, it might suck for a few days. Some of my coworkers were fine after 36–48 hours, I took five days.

      3 votes
      1. Omnicrola
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        Thanks, feeling much better this evening, now I'm mostly tired.

        Thanks, feeling much better this evening, now I'm mostly tired.

        2 votes
  2. [4]
    Deimos
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    StackOverflow: Today marks a new beginning for programmers around the world. Stack Overflow is proud to unveil our first venture into hardware, The Key™.
    20 votes
    1. ali
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      I think that’s a really funny idea and I could see it as a fun gift to computer scientists

      I think that’s a really funny idea and I could see it as a fun gift to computer scientists

      2 votes
    2. Octofox
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      The copy/paste popup was the only thing to actually fool me today. Because I could see them actually trying this.

      The copy/paste popup was the only thing to actually fool me today. Because I could see them actually trying this.

      1 vote
  3. [2]
    spit-evil-olive-tips
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    Google is canceling its famous April Fools' Day pranks for the 2nd year in a row (insert "cancel culture is out of control" joke here)

    Google is canceling its famous April Fools' Day pranks for the 2nd year in a row

    (insert "cancel culture is out of control" joke here)

    15 votes
    1. kfwyre
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      “YoU cAn’T jOkE aBoUt AnYtHiNg ThEsE dAyS!” In all seriousness, Google is straight up stealing my go-to prank! Every year, when my students bring up April Fools’, I get very serious and tell them...

      “YoU cAn’T jOkE aBoUt AnYtHiNg ThEsE dAyS!”

      In all seriousness, Google is straight up stealing my go-to prank! Every year, when my students bring up April Fools’, I get very serious and tell them “you didn’t hear? April Fools’ is cancelled this year. It’s not happening.” I really commit to this, and spruce it up with lots of “I know you probably don’t believe me, but it’s true!” and “this isn’t an April Fools’ joke — if I were going to prank you it would involve a lot more homework” and picking the one student that I know will play along and asking them if they heard about the cancellation as well (which they always confirm).

      I’m able to sell this strongly enough that, every year, some of my students are legitimately unsure as to whether or not it’s been actually cancelled, which makes it all the more fun to spring the truth on them.

      I will qualify, in case anyone reading this is judging me right now, that this is the ONLY time I think it’s morally acceptable to gaslight my students.

      25 votes
  4. [2]
    cfabbro
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    LockPickingLawyer posted another damn funny video this year full of wonderful innuendo: My 18-Inch Long Johnson Previous years' videos: Getting In My Ex-Girlfriend’s Back Door Getting Into My...

    LockPickingLawyer posted another damn funny video this year full of wonderful innuendo:
    My 18-Inch Long Johnson

    Previous years' videos:
    Getting In My Ex-Girlfriend’s Back Door
    Getting Into My Wife’s Beaver
    Manipulating My Tiny Coq

    13 votes
  5. [2]
    petrichor
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    Well, the whole Voltswagon thing counts, I guess. Haha.

    Well, the whole Voltswagon thing counts, I guess.

    Haha.

    12 votes
    1. LukeZaz
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      Well shit. The name change was honestly too believable (despite not sounding very good), so I'm not surprised people took it seriously. I mean, it took me a bit to be convinced that this NPR...

      Well shit. The name change was honestly too believable (despite not sounding very good), so I'm not surprised people took it seriously. I mean, it took me a bit to be convinced that this NPR article wasn't the actual April Fools joke. But nope, Volkswagen really was pulling a fast one.

      4 votes
  6. [2]
    Cypher2048
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    This RTX 4090 video is pretty great. The guy seems to have put some impressive time into it.

    This RTX 4090 video is pretty great. The guy seems to have put some impressive time into it.

    12 votes
    1. Omnicrola
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      That's super impressive actually.

      That's super impressive actually.

      1 vote
  7. [4]
    NaraVara
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    Razer releases Chroma hair dye
    11 votes
    1. [3]
      Thrabalen
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      I hate April Fools pranks, but this one was good, in that with the slightest thought about it, you realize it's simply impossible, barring a sudden leap toward cyberpunk.

      I hate April Fools pranks, but this one was good, in that with the slightest thought about it, you realize it's simply impossible, barring a sudden leap toward cyberpunk.

      5 votes
      1. Gaywallet
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        I'm guessing in about 10 years this will be possible somehow. I like these kinds of April fools as well. No one is harmed, no group is really made fun of, just good fun.

        I'm guessing in about 10 years this will be possible somehow.

        I like these kinds of April fools as well. No one is harmed, no group is really made fun of, just good fun.

        4 votes
      2. NaraVara
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        You know if you get fiber-optic threads woven into your hair you could probably do something like it. It wouldn't look like the video but you could have it dynamically add tints of color. It would...

        You know if you get fiber-optic threads woven into your hair you could probably do something like it. It wouldn't look like the video but you could have it dynamically add tints of color.

        It would be really expensive though. You'd be better off just getting a full on wig.

        3 votes
  8. gpl
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    As is tradition on the arXiv, people have been started posting joke papers. They get more and more creative every year - here is one notable one this year. Edit: Ok, my new favorite one is this....

    As is tradition on the arXiv, people have been started posting joke papers. They get more and more creative every year - here is one notable one this year.

    Edit: Ok, my new favorite one is this. Title:

    My cat Chester's dynamical systems analysyyyyy7777777777777777y7is of the laser pointer and the red dot on the wall: correlation, causation, or SARS-Cov-2 hallucination?

    10 votes
  9. [2]
    nacho
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    The Norwegian Meteorological Institute have spent "many years" on a groundbreaking new weather-service. You can now pick your own weather. Just change the forecast from whatever it currently is to...

    The Norwegian Meteorological Institute have spent "many years" on a groundbreaking new weather-service. You can now pick your own weather. Just change the forecast from whatever it currently is to the weather you want. https://twitter.com/Meteorologene/status/1377497201706958850

    10 votes
    1. Tardigrade
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      It's weird how understandable the words are in the advert to an English speaker. I guess it's the classic cheesy advertising phrases.

      It's weird how understandable the words are in the advert to an English speaker. I guess it's the classic cheesy advertising phrases.

      2 votes
  10. spit-evil-olive-tips
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    Uppestcase and Lowestcase Letters Video The accompanying paper TIL there's an entire academic-style conference of these, SIGBOVIK, put on by The Association for Computational Heresy Full PDF of...

    Uppestcase and Lowestcase Letters

    Video

    The accompanying paper

    This paper is about unshackling this dimension of human expression by introducing letterforms further along the uppercase and lowercase dimensions. Basically, we want to know what the upperercase version of uppercase T is, and a lowerercase version of lowercase t is.

    We want to machine-learn [7] two functions, make_lowercase and make_uppercase

    TIL there's an entire academic-style conference of these, SIGBOVIK, put on by The Association for Computational Heresy

    Full PDF of all the submissions: http://sigbovik.org/2021/proceedings.pdf

    I'm only reading the first one and it's already a gold mine.

    Our work can be seen as one step in a long line of similar research. Or it might not be. We didn’t check. Either way it contains new experiments so it’s roughly as novel as much modern work in artificial intelligence. While some misinformed and obstinate reviewers may disagree with this, we preemptively disagree with them.

    This is—to the best of our knowledge—the first concrete example where an artificial intelligence has beaten an animal in Chutes and Ladders.

    To ensure reproducibility, we’ve included our highly-optimized implementation of Chutes and Ladders below. To balance reproducibility with our desire to reduce the environmental impact of our work, our implementation is given here in the Whitespace programming language.

    10 votes
  11. [3]
    skullkid2424
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    Theres a thread for renaming the Godot engine to Godette engine
    9 votes
    1. Apos
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      I think I'll remove it, here is a good place for discussion about it. Edit: link in case the thread can't be seen anymore (forgot how it works on Tildes) Godot has been renamed to Godette Engine.

      I think I'll remove it, here is a good place for discussion about it.

      Edit: link in case the thread can't be seen anymore (forgot how it works on Tildes)

      Godot has been renamed to Godette Engine.

      8 votes
    2. eve
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      It is me, the broader public. Godot really got me with that cute ass mascot. Genuinely, she's so precious and adorable, I can't handle it! Her wearing the lil robot as a hat kills me. I love this.

      Additionally, we realized that a big problem of Godot as a project name is the it's simply not cute. To attract wider audiences, a different name must be found, a more marketable one which speaks to a broader public.

      It is me, the broader public. Godot really got me with that cute ass mascot. Genuinely, she's so precious and adorable, I can't handle it! Her wearing the lil robot as a hat kills me. I love this.

      5 votes
  12. [2]
    skullkid2424
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    Reddit's offering appears to be called Second. A guessing game where you try to guess the second place item in a group of 3. Edit: Apparently you can go to the API directly to bypass new reddit:...

    Reddit's offering appears to be called Second. A guessing game where you try to guess the second place item in a group of 3.

    Requires new reddit. Edit: Apparently you can go to the API directly to bypass new reddit: https://second-api.reddit.com/embed?fullscreen=1

    8 votes
    1. Apos
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      This is pretty cool. Really interesting idea. I like the rules, I can see how it makes a cool meta game. I wish more people were playing though, at the time that I'm writing this, there are only...

      This is pretty cool. Really interesting idea. I like the rules, I can see how it makes a cool meta game. I wish more people were playing though, at the time that I'm writing this, there are only ~5k votes per round. With 100k+ it would be pretty insane.

      2 votes
  13. petrichor
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    A German news publication announced that the recently-freed cargo ship, the "Ever Given", had became stuck again - within the Berlin Government District. Picture included. Berlin and Germany as a...

    A German news publication announced that the recently-freed cargo ship, the "Ever Given", had became stuck again - within the Berlin Government District. Picture included.

    Berlin and Germany as a whole are largely landlocked.

    6 votes
  14. rogue_cricket
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    Tumblr has introduced some kind of NFT pet called a "Tumblrcryptid". Various shapes with randomized accessories, colours, and descriptions. Each has a name, a like a dislike, and refers to a tag...

    Tumblr has introduced some kind of NFT pet called a "Tumblrcryptid". Various shapes with randomized accessories, colours, and descriptions. Each has a name, a like a dislike, and refers to a tag you've used on your blog. Here is my favourite I've generated so far, his name is Flesh and he loves [rat emoticon].

    5 votes
  15. pseudolobster
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    EEVblog 1384 - Halve Your Processor Power Consumption! In this episode Dave explains the phenomenon of Diffusion Capacitance, and how you can use pulse-width modulation to power your chips at half...

    EEVblog 1384 - Halve Your Processor Power Consumption!

    In this episode Dave explains the phenomenon of Diffusion Capacitance, and how you can use pulse-width modulation to power your chips at half duty!

    I must admit it took me a while to catch on. I watched this yesterday, without the thought of April Fools in my mind at all. I forgot that Australia gets almost a whole day head start.

    2 votes
  16. [4]
    petrichor
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    Discord: Announcing our partnership with Microsoft
    6 votes
    1. [2]
      babypuncher
      Link Parent
      The YouTube account associated with that video has been terminated

      The YouTube account associated with that video has been terminated

      5 votes
      1. petrichor
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        It wasn't much, just a Rick Roll from a convincing account with a convincing thumbnail. I saw it first as a preview from a Discord voice chat (which shows you just the name of the video playing)...

        It wasn't much, just a Rick Roll from a convincing account with a convincing thumbnail.

        I saw it first as a preview from a Discord voice chat (which shows you just the name of the video playing) which made it much more convincing, but I figured I'd post it here regardless since this April Fool's has been slow.

        2 votes
    2. Grzmot
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      at first I thought it was just the normal meme... But then it got better.

      at first I thought it was just the normal meme... But then it got better.

      3 votes