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- What are the best (and worst) April Fools' Day pranks you've seen online this year? See all answers
- April 1, 2009 by jderris
- The Net is for Fools, Mark Me Among Them
April 1st has come again and I was not prepared for it. I almost didn't realize it was Fools' Day until I checked my Gmail at 3:00 AM and saw the add for Gmail Autopilot.
If you haven't yet, check it out. It's a very funny prank. They're offering a download that will use artificial intelligence to automatically answer your email. From Nigerian princes to coworkers, you just set up the specifications between Capitalization, Typos, Brevity, and Emoticon Use and let it enhance your relationships for you! The manage relationships option was especially comic, as I have a few friends whose relationships seem to be on autopilot anyway.
Gmail didn't get me, but ThinkGeek did. After reading about Autopilot, I actually checked my email and saw the TG newsletter. Two of their items whetted my geek appetite into a frenzy. First, the Ultimate Assassins' Weapon Ice Mold.
An ice mold that forms a working dagger? The perfect weapon! Stab your victim with an icy dagger that's the perfect metaphor? And it melts away from your fallen foe's body heat?! (Pardon the interrobang.) Of course, I have no murderous plots afoot at the moment, but it would have made the perfect conversation piece in the punchbowl at my next dinner party.
This next one I can't believe isn't an actual item. The Tauntaun Sleeping Bag is so awesome, I would've bought two for my girlfriend's kids right then! The best touch is the miniature lightsaber that opens the bag along the beast's belly.
I may have let this year get away from me, but I'll be stocking up on pranks for next year. I'm sure this item will be a hit at the office. Moo hoo ha ha!