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Friday, April 01, 2005

A compendium of April Fools' jokes, 2005:
  • ThinkGeek and their USB Fondue Maker, and the "iCopulate" - This sleek and sexy device allows you to mate two consenting second generation or later iPods® together for an experience nobody will forget. Transfer music and files between iPods® in real time without a computer! Have a pal with great iPod® songs you've been wanting to own? Why wait? iCopulate™ now.
  • Scientific American - "For years, helpful letter writers told us to stick to science. They pointed out that science and politics don't mix. They said we should be more balanced in our presentation of such issues as creationism, missile defense and global warming. We resisted their advice and pretended not to be stung by the accusations that the magazine should be renamed Unscientific American, or Scientific Unamerican, or even Unscientific Unamerican. But spring is in the air, and all of nature is turning over a new leaf, so there's no better time to say: you were right, and we were wrong."
  • SQL Server for Linux and XBox - "Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer today announced that Microsoft will be releasing a version of SQL Server for the Linux/Unix operating systems concurrent with the release of Microsoft’s flagship SQL Server 2005 product. The expanded platform and audience for SQL Server will also include the Xbox development platform, paving the way for a completely integrated consumer applications development platform."
  • CNN - "Ms. Wheelchair Wisconsin has been stripped of her title because pageant officials say she can stand -- and point to a newspaper picture as proof." (Note: Apparently, this one was not an April Fool's joke, but it sure as heck sounds like one to me.)
  • Opera Web Browser - "Norway's Opera Software ASA couldn't resist the temptation of an April Fool's joke heralding a breakthrough in peer-to-peer communications.

    The company said it has developed "a platform-independent speech solution for short- and medium-range interpersonal communication."

    In plain language: human speech."

  • The Google Gulp - "At Google our mission is to organize the world's information and make it useful and accessible to our users. But any piece of information's usefulness derives, to a depressing degree, from the cognitive ability of the user who's using it. That's why we're pleased to announce Google Gulp (BETA)™ with Auto-Drink™ (LIMITED RELEASE), a line of "smart drinks" designed to maximize your surfing efficiency by making you more intelligent, and less thirsty."
  • And finally... NASA says they have discovered water on Mars!


.: posted by Dave 2:35 PM

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