Mr. Cs Top 12 Internet-Based April Fools Day Pranks

 
 
By eweek  |  Posted 2012-05-28
 
 
 

Mr. Cs Top 12 Internet-Based April Fools Day Pranks

The first of April is the day we remember what we are the other 364 days of the year. Mark Twain

Mr. Cs Top 12 Internet-Based April Fools Day Pranks

Mr. Cs Top 12 Internet-Based April Fools Day Pranks - 1984—Kremvax

An April 1 Usenet posting from Soviet Premier Chernenko announced that Kremvax, the USSR's first Internet site, had been launched.

Mr. Cs Top 12 Internet-Based April Fools Day Pranks - 1984—Kremvax

Mr. Cs Top 12 Internet-Based April Fools Day Pranks - 1992—Mac Caffeine Manager

Apple announced a System 7.0 extension that would control coffee makers and soda machines from the desktop.

Mr. Cs Top 12 Internet-Based April Fools Day Pranks - 1992—Mac Caffeine Manager

Mr. Cs Top 12 Internet-Based April Fools Day Pranks - 1994—Drunk Web Surfing Bill

John Dvorak wrote a PC Computing article claiming that Congress was looking at a bill to make Web surfing while inebriated illegal.

Mr. Cs Top 12 Internet-Based April Fools Day Pranks - 1994—Drunk Web Surfing Bill

Mr. Cs Top 12 Internet-Based April Fools Day Pranks - 1995—United Nations Bans Internet

A faux announcement stated that the U.N. General Assembly voted 165 to 6 to shut down the Internet because the uncontrolled flow of information was destabilizing governments.

Mr. Cs Top 12 Internet-Based April Fools Day Pranks - 1995—United Nations Bans Internet

Mr. Cs Top 12 Internet-Based April Fools Day Pranks - 1996—V-Chips for Books

The Electronic Frontier Foundation posted 'news' that a V-Chip for books was coming to give parents the ability to censor the printed media their kids were looking at.

Mr. Cs Top 12 Internet-Based April Fools Day Pranks - 1996—V-Chips for Books

Mr. Cs Top 12 Internet-Based April Fools Day Pranks - 1997—Internet Spring Cleaning

A widely circulated e-mail claimed that the Internet would shut down from March 31 to April 2 to 'clean out the flotsam and jetsam' clogging the Web; Internet-crawling robots would perform the daunting task.

Mr. Cs Top 12 Internet-Based April Fools Day Pranks - 1997—Internet Spring Cleaning

Mr. Cs Top 12 Internet-Based April Fools Day Pranks - 1999—E-Mail Telepathy

A Red Herring article claimed that a group called Tidal Wave Communications, using technology developed during the Gulf War, would allow users to send e-mail telepathically to a PC.

Mr. Cs Top 12 Internet-Based April Fools Day Pranks - 1999—E-Mail Telepathy

Mr. Cs Top 12 Internet-Based April Fools Day Pranks - 2002—GOD Copyrights the Web

Netscape said its Open Directory Project was acquired by Microsoft and was now called the Gates Open Directory Project, or GOD. Its mission: Copyright the entire Web.

Mr. Cs Top 12 Internet-Based April Fools Day Pranks - 2002—GOD Copyrights the Web

Mr. Cs Top 12 Internet-Based April Fools Day Pranks - 2003—Computer Virus Spreads to Humans

A story posted on Betterhumans.com that claimed a software developer from Texas contracted a virus from a computer spread quickly around the Web.

Mr. Cs Top 12 Internet-Based April Fools Day Pranks - 2003—Computer Virus Spreads to Humans

Mr. Cs Top 12 Internet-Based April Fools Day Pranks - 2003—Payback v1.0

The Register.com posted a story that a company called Backfire Security developed software that traced the IP address of anyone hacking your system and launched an attack back in the hackers direction.

Mr. Cs Top 12 Internet-Based April Fools Day Pranks - 2003—Payback v1.0

Mr. Cs Top 12 Internet-Based April Fools Day Pranks - 2004—Cell Phones for Lefties

Virgin Mobile proclaimed it was releasing a reversed keypad cell phone for left-handed people.

Mr. Cs Top 12 Internet-Based April Fools Day Pranks - 2004—Cell Phones for Lefties

Mr. Cs Top 12 Internet-Based April Fools Day Pranks - 2004—Google's Gmail Announcement

Google was known for posting hoaxes such as the PigeonRank Web rating system and Copernicus moon-based research center, so when it announced Gmail on April 1, 2004, many people initially believed it was a hoax.

Mr. Cs Top 12 Internet-Based April Fools Day Pranks - 2004—Google's Gmail Announcement

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