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A Fine Year for April Foolery

from “Wired News”:,1284,62901,00.html?tw=rss.TOP

Apparently I’m not the only one who got fucked on April’s Fool :evil”

liked this part the best

Among search engines, Google led the pack in April Fool’s Day promotions. Visitors who clicked on a link offering jobs that are “out of this world” on the search engine’s home page were told that “Google is interviewing candidates for engineering positions at our lunar hosting and research center.” Google went on to say that the facility, set to open in late in the spring of 2007, will house 35 engineers, 27,000 low cost Web servers, two massage therapists and a sushi chef.

On a more serious note, Google’s much-lauded “announcement”: of a soon-to-be-launched free e-mail service called Gmail generated widespread speculation online as to whether the offering is a hoax. While the announcement received voluminous media attention, skeptics looked to the wording of Google’s press release, which says the service provides a gigabyte of free storage, “quickly recalls any message an account owner has ever sent or received” and “can already be used to read and send e-mail in most languages (even Klingon.)”

A Google spokesman confirmed that the free e-mail offering is not a hoax. Boese, of the Museum of Hoaxes, said the e-mail offering didn’t sound like a prank.

“If they say they’re going to give a gig of space, it wouldn’t be that clever or funny a joke because it’s too believable,” Boese said. “But they might get people talking about if this is too good to be true by announcing it on April Fool’s.”

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