Worthwhile April Fools Day joke

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http://haiku.nytimes.com/

I liked this one:
But be sure to dust
it with coarse sea salt to make
it extra-trendy.
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I am not a very April Fool's Day kind of person. So there are no worthwhile April Fools Day jokes. It's like 'Spring Halloween' as far as I'm concerned.
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Highway wrote:I am not a very April Fool's Day kind of person. So there are no worthwhile April Fools Day jokes. It's like 'Spring Halloween' as far as I'm concerned.
I'm particularly annoyed by the "Bullshit announcements/news" subgenre. So far, on my Facebook feed alone: the guy who heads one of the anti-police-brutality groups is going to join the LAPD SWAT team ahahahahaha! The guy in charge of one of the anti-TSA groups is joining the TSA eeheeheeheeheehee! The Supreme Court ruled that checkpoints are unconstitutional ohohohohoho! Funny! FUN-KNEE!

No, really, it's not.
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Youtube's gags are good. As are Google's in general.

Google's best gag still remains Gmail, announced on an April 1, not actually being a joke. One gig of free storage? Come on.
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I dunno, I just never found amusing the subgenre of humor called "Let's tell stupid lies and see if anyone falls for them." (Although someone who gets off on semantic quibbling could say that's what satire is, but I'd say otherwise: Jonathan Swift never intended people to take his modest proposal seriously.)
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Feh. This is hilarious:

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As is:

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his voice is so soothing, but why do conspiracy nuts always sound like Batman and Robin solving one of Riddler's puzzles out loud? - fod

no one ever yells worldstar when a pet gets fucked up - dhex
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When I was in Afghanistan my wife put my car up for sale on Craigslist and gave my Skype telephone number out in the advert.

It was hilarious.
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See, I'd consider that "YouTube on DVD" bit to be a parody rather than a "lie": make what's basically a standard "As Seen on TV" infomercial for something which is spectacularly, obviously unsuited for it. That's different from "Feh, this free service we offer isn't making us as much money as we'd like, so we're going to shut it down."

Remember the description of my bad vanity authors' writing as "What stupid people think smart people sound like?" The majority of April Fool's jokes I've seen strike me as "What people without the ability to write/create funny stuff think is funny."
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Jennifer wrote:See, I'd consider that "YouTube on DVD" bit to be a parody rather than a "lie": make what's basically a standard "As Seen on TV" infomercial for something which is spectacularly, obviously unsuited for it. That's different from "Feh, this free service we offer isn't making us as much money as we'd like, so we're going to shut it down."

Remember the description of my bad vanity authors' writing as "What stupid people think smart people sound like?" The majority of April Fool's jokes I've seen strike me as "What people without the ability to write/create funny stuff think is funny."
Oh, so it's Will Ferrel?
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Jennifer wrote:See, I'd consider that "YouTube on DVD" bit to be a parody rather than a "lie": make what's basically a standard "As Seen on TV" infomercial for something which is spectacularly, obviously unsuited for it. That's different from "Feh, this free service we offer isn't making us as much money as we'd like, so we're going to shut it down."
"...And have thousands of people work for a decade to pick the winner" doesn't fit Google's normal shutdown style. :)

I get what uou mean about the people who can't do good humor trying to, but we might as well condemn comedy itself for the same thing.
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tr0g wrote:
Jennifer wrote:See, I'd consider that "YouTube on DVD" bit to be a parody rather than a "lie": make what's basically a standard "As Seen on TV" infomercial for something which is spectacularly, obviously unsuited for it. That's different from "Feh, this free service we offer isn't making us as much money as we'd like, so we're going to shut it down."

Remember the description of my bad vanity authors' writing as "What stupid people think smart people sound like?" The majority of April Fool's jokes I've seen strike me as "What people without the ability to write/create funny stuff think is funny."
Oh, so it's Will Ferrel?
Heh.

Just to clarify: I'm not going on some anti-AFD crusade, I'm not posting complaints or "This is stupid" comments on the Facebook AFD "jokes" I'm seeing; I'm just saying I personally find most of them stupid and un-funny. Oooh, whoopee, you're capable of posting an untruth and/or playing a prank on somebody without their knowledge. Gee, why didn't the likes of Mark Twain and Oscar Wilde just do that rather than waste time on actual wit? "I'm gonna take out a personal ad in your name even though -- chuckle snort -- you're happily married and not looking for a date! BWA HA HA I am such a comic genius! 'Cuz wasting your time and that of the people who respond to the ad is fun-nee, or at least as close to it as I personally can manage."
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I'm working today, 4-1. I must resist the temptation to hook someone up to the cardiac monitor, look at it for several moments, then ask the patient if there's anyone they'd like to call and say good-bye too. Or just hook it up and yell, "HOLY SHIT, HOW ARE YOU STILL ALIVE?!"

'Cause that would be wrong. Funny, but Wrong.
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Jennifer: Not that I think I'm disagreeing with you, but I think you're really just noticing Sturgeon's Law. It's not that the genre of April Fool's Day pranks is inherently bad, it's that it encourages a lot of people with really bad senses of humor to try to do parody and satire. And parody and satire are hard.
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Jadagul wrote:Jennifer: Not that I think I'm disagreeing with you, but I think you're really just noticing Sturgeon's Law. It's not that the genre of April Fool's Day pranks is inherently bad, it's that it encourages a lot of people with really bad senses of humor to try to do parody and satire. And parody and satire are hard.
Partially, but also partially because, as I mentioned already, I personally just don't care for that alleged form of "humor." The "tell a lie and then say April Fool!" is merely boring. Actual "pranks" are worse. Like the sample "prank" I mentioned before -- taking out a personal ad for a happily married person -- I don't find that funny at all. I'd go so far as to call it a shitty thing to do. Even if the married guy in question says "Haha, you got me!" there's still all the people who answered the ad in good faith and had their time wanted.

The problem with pranks is that they involve other people without their knowledge or consent, and anyone who brags about pulling a fake-personal-ad prank or similar nonsense is basically admitting "Yeah, I'm completely thoughtless where other people are concerned, gladly willing to waste their time for my own shitty amusement; I am not capable of being genuinely funny or witty, so I'll just treat other people thoughtlessly and then pat myself on the back for it."
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BMW has done some good ones over the years. The counterfeit BMW's from the far east (recognizable from the quadrant colours on the badge) one in particular.
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if google had any balls they would have done something on google reader.
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dhex wrote:if google had any balls they would have done something on google reader.
YES!
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the death threats would have been amazing.
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On a related angle, Fast Company notes "How the Internet is Ruining April Fools Day."

http://www.fastcompany.com/3007685/crea ... -fools-day
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dhex wrote:the death threats would have been amazing.
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This one isn't particularly clever, but since it's taking my great-grandfather's invention into the air, I'll post it here.

http://blog.virgin-atlantic.com/t5/Our- ... /ba-p/6096
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dhex wrote:if google had any balls they would have done something on google reader.
Their jokes aren't really meant to be ballsy.

Though a gag about how Google Search just doesn't get much use compared to their core services and is being sunsetted would be pretty funny.
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