Top 10 April Fools Day Jokes – 2009

Best April Fools Day Jokes - 2009 April 1st is here and people all around the world busy acting silly. Here are some of the best April Fools Day jokes from the World Wide Web :

10. Youtube – Upside Down
Youtube decided it would be fun to flip all the videos for a day. Although this one lost points for being slightly annoying, it made it to the list simply because of this tip to view videos in the new layout.

Move to Australia
As you probably know, everything in Australia is upside-down, so moving to Australia may provide you with a more natural YouTube viewing experience. (Note: If you live Down Under, and the page is still upside-down for you, then we recommended moving to the northern hemisphere.)

Thanksfully videos can be restored to their original alignment by removing ‘&flip=1‘ keyword from the address or by switching to the old layout.

9. ThinkGeek – Now Selling The Unicorn Chaser
ThinkGeek unleashed a brand new line of products just for this day. Unicorn Chaser, Ultimate Assassins Weapon Ice Mold, Squeez Bacon and Buzzword – The Shocking Speech-Recognition Wristband are some of the gems.

8. Wired – Twitter with a Business Plan
Wired.com decided to pull Twitter’s leg and posted a video of Twitter’s secret business plan – Gadgets!

7. Wikipedia- Tale of Revolving Houses and Diamond Showers

In probably the most elaborate April Fools Day prank Wikipedia created an entire page full of fake news. They certainly took the pain to make it all look convincing. Click here for a snapshot.

6. Smashing Magazine – Hands on with Internet Explorer 8.1

Smashing Magazine posted a detailed review of the next generation Internet Explorer. Some of the major new features in IE 8.1 are support for Firefox extensions, inbuilt Gecko and Webkit (used by Firefox and Safari respectively) rendering engines, website skins, improved standards compliance, better javascript rendering performance and server-side code decompiler!

5. Google gets Autopilot

Google is famous for its April Fools Day jokes. This year they announced the release of Cognitive Autoheuristic Distributed-Intelligence Entity or simply CADIE. CADIE certainly made a splash this April Fools day making it’s appearance across the Google Network. Thanks to its advanced artificial intelligence CADIE can scan every one of your incoming messages and automatically send the perfect reply. CADIE can also help you out with Image Searches and Travelling by coming up with a list of reccomendations.

4. Guardian ditches print
Guardian announced that it has had enough of paper and will now switch exclusively to Twitter because it believes a story can be told in 140 characters. With the rapidly declining profits of Printed Newspapers this joke is actually scarily realistic.

3. ThePirateBay teams up with Warner Brothers

This one wins for its shock value. Users of ThePirateBay proudly announced that they have been acquired by the Warner Bros Inc. and welcome users with this new logo :

Best April Fools Day Jokes - 2009

2. Reddit clones Digg

One of the funniest jokes of the day was Reddig – the marriage of Reddit and Digg. Just for the day Reddit donned Digg’s colours (screenshot). This one deserves extra kudoes considering that Digg is the main competitor of Reddit.

1. Opera Gets Facial Gestures

This has to be the best joke of the year and the only one that actually had me fooled for a few seconds.
In the words of Jon von Tetzchner (CEO, Opera)

“In 2001, we introduced Mouse Gestures in Opera 5.1. At that point we knew we were on to something,” said Jon von Tetzchner, CEO, Opera. “We already had keyboard shortcuts in the very first version of Opera, but once we introduced voice control in Opera 8, we had only one input mechanism left–the face. Opera Face Gestures represent the next frontier in browser control.”

Best April Fools Day Jokes - 2009

Opera Face Gestures include more than 45 controls, from opening new tabs to restoring sessions to navigating through a Web page. Opera Face Gestures are so advanced you can compose and send an entire e-mail message through Opera’s built-in e-mail client. Even Mouse Gestures can be triggered with Opera Face Gestures. To activate Opera Face Gestures simply press the single-key shortcut F8.

Did you get fooled today? What was your favourite prank? Don’t forget to leave a comment.

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17 Responses to Top 10 April Fools Day Jokes – 2009

  1. Sumeet April 1, 2009 at 7:38 pm #

    The Pirate Bay prank really would have been a bummer if it would have been true..

  2. Kalpik April 1, 2009 at 7:47 pm #

    What about identi.ca imitating twitter?

  3. Pushkar April 1, 2009 at 8:11 pm #

    Your white font at the top is virtually invisible. But great professional design overall.
    Good collection of pranks. Have you checked out the time’s list?

  4. Pallab April 1, 2009 at 9:19 pm #

    Yeah lol..all that data in Warner Bro’s hand! imagine the situation of the top uploaders!

  5. Pallab April 1, 2009 at 9:21 pm #

    Didn’t know about this. Identi.ca acquiring twitter – a pretty good joke.

  6. Attorney-Optimization.com April 14, 2009 at 2:33 am #

    It’s April Fools’ Day again, and Britain’s newspapers have once more jumped … Fleet Street makes April fools of us all. Newspaper April Fools’ Day jokes 2009

  7. thegands April 15, 2009 at 11:20 am #

    yeah. you’re right. Opera make the best joke this year. Its make me like a real fool. hahahahaha.. :D

  8. Shaunak De April 18, 2009 at 10:15 am #

    I fell for the Opera prank! You will find me somewhere in the comments there. :P

    Shaunak De’s last blog post..Criminal Candidates

  9. Custom term paper July 27, 2009 at 4:00 pm #

    i still remember the April fools day jokes we frds used to celebrate by fooling other frds and class mates. its good to see in our online world as well.
    .-= Custom term paper´s last blog ..Un astudentessa racconta la propria preparazione agli esami universitari a Bari =-.

  10. used tires September 29, 2010 at 4:13 am #

    Haha some of those are some really funny April Fool Jokes! I guess after you’ve been exposed to some of these jokes you tend to look out for them come April Fool’s! That Opera video is insanely funny, calibrating the keys, lol.

    Till then,

    Jean

  11. Sell Textbooks October 12, 2010 at 2:15 am #

    Awesome I love the opera joke. How funny.

  12. p90x February 2, 2011 at 1:53 am #

    Loved these April fools jokes. I especially enjoyed the Wikipedia one, but they were all very creative.

    - Robert

  13. Komodo Dragon February 2, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Those are some really good April Fools jokes. The creativity behind the people who make those jokes is very impressive.

  14. sell textbooks February 10, 2011 at 11:59 am #

    ThinkGreeks was my personal favorite.

  15. purchase settlements September 20, 2011 at 7:46 pm #

    I like the wired prank!

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