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April Fools Day - John C. Kirk

Apr. 1st, 2008

11:09 am - April Fools Day

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I normally do Google searches using the box in IE7, but when I noticed today's date I went to their home page for a change. They have a good track record of amusing ideas, and this year is no exception: they're recruiting for Virgle pioneers (to colonise Mars). That's actually something that sounds vaguely plausible, so I'd be quite tempted to really apply for that in a few years; it makes sense that computer skills and first aid experience would be a useful combination.

However, even though I was aware of the date, I've been fished in by a few other sites...

I started out by checking my daily webcomics, and went to Questionable Content, but it came up with Dinosaur Comics instead. That's a bit weird, but I figured that there was a DNS problem, and it would probably resolve itself later. After a bit more thought, it then occurred to me that this might be deliberate, so I went to Qwantz.com (home of Dinosaur Comics), and saw an xkcd comic instead. Then at xkcd.com, they have the latest issue of Questionable Content, so we've gone full circle. That's quite a fun idea (especially since I read all three comics); I don't know whether any other sites are doing something similar.

Then I got this email through from Pizza Hut:

Pizza Hut email

Sadly, if you click on the link, it turns out that they won't do your washing up for you when they deliver a pizza. As with Virgle, this was just on the edge of plausibility.

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From:(Anonymous)
Date:April 2nd, 2008 01:09 am (UTC)
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> we've gone full circle

Thanks for verifying this for me! I, too, read all three comics and I've been seeing this since yesterday (March 31). At first I thought it was some problem with my router's DNS cache, so I flushed that, but it didn't change anything. Then I tried using web proxies to access the sites to check if it was a local problem, but they returned the same result. I was on the edge of thinking I was hallucinating when I found your blog post. I'd completely forgotten about April Fool's :-)
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From:johnckirk
Date:April 2nd, 2008 12:03 pm (UTC)
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Glad to be of service :)
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