It’s April first today, and most of you know what that means. It means practical jokes and hoaxes! All around the web, lots of sites are getting in on the fun and so we thought we’d do a round-up of our favorites. You may re-call some of last year’s favorites like Gmail Paper Unlimited or Free TiSP Broadband Internet from Google or ThinkGeek stating they were shipping the iPhone. This year’s hoaxes are just as fun, take a look…

Google introduces Gmail Custom Time

Send email to the past with Gmail Custom Time! Missed sending an email to your Grandma for her birthday? No problem, just set the date back as long as it’s before April 1, 2004 (when Gmail launched) and it’ll show-up in Grandma’s inbox as being sent on the correct date. “The entire concept of late no longer exists for me. That’s pretty cool. Thanks Gmail!” says a beta user.

How does it work you ask? “Gmail utilizes an e-flux capacitor to resolve issues of causality.

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Opera First Browser to Receive Acid3 Score Above 100!

The Opera Desktop Team posted some great news today, they are the first to receive a score over 100 on the Acid3. Here’s what they say:

While working on the last few remaining issues we have with the Acid3 test, one of our testers discovered an easter egg in the test. Over the weekend our developers have hunted down more of them and worked around the clock to improve our score as you see in this screenshot:

 opera april fools

Firefox Facts Blog Gives up on Firefox, Roots for IE

The Firefox Facts Blog has decided to give up on Firefox and is now rooting for Microsoft’s Internet Explorer. This change, they say, came after a large “Publishers Clearing House sized check laying by my mail box from our friends at Microsoft. Seems like they think they can buy me off and have me sell Internet Explorer to the masses. You know what, if you saw all the zeros that came after the one on this check you would do the same thing I am about to do. Who needs Firefox and Mozilla? Here are your Internet Explorer Facts!”

Some of the facts include “standards are for sissies,” “add-ons? extensions? who needs them,” and “who wants to customize the look and feel?” Oh, and the background for the blog is a big logo for Internet Explorer. Very creative!

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Nick White Leaving Windows Vista Blog?

We’re writing about this one only because we’ve learned and passed on to you, a lot of great things from the Windows Vista Blog. Nick White has done a great job posting there and so we were surprised to see his post stating that he’s “moving on to a roll outside of Microsoft.” The problem is that we’re not sure whether it’s an April Fool’s joke or not, but our guess is that it is, only because he started the article with this quote:

Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something.

– Plato

The fact he included that quote which specifically says “fools” leads us to believe he’s just foolin’ us! We sure hope so anyways!

Virgin Group Teams with Google to Establish Human Settlement on Mars

virgle The joint effort between Virgin Group (Virgin airlines) and Google is being called Virgle and their goal is to establish a permanent human settlement on Mars. Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin say that it’s time humanity move beyond Earth. Part of the announcement reads:

In the years to come, we’ll be sending up a series of spaceships carrying (along with the supplies and tools needed to build the new colony) what eventually will be hundreds of Mars colonists, or Virgle Pioneers — myself among them. If you think you might want join us (or invest in or otherwise assist this vast venture), I hope you’ll read more here about how Virgle will work, what our brave Pioneers can expect and what the future holds for what just might be the most ambitious adventure in mankind’s long and storied history.

Aviary Launches Dodo

Aviary, a suite of web-based applications for “people who create” has launched a new web-based time machine called Dodo! It enables users to “age and de-age people, places and things from any browser with Flash 9 enabled.”

The process is simple, they say:

Just upload an input picture, choose between different settings that might affect the aging process (i.e. amounts of alcohol and tobacco consumed), set a year and hit generate. Obviously results will vary, but under strenuous laboratory analysis we have found a margin of error of only +-11% (unprecedented performance for time machines in general, let alone web-apps).

The example below predicts what someone might look like years from now after inputting how much alcohol and tobacco they consume:

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YouTube Rickrollin’ Their Users

Every featured video on the YouTube homepage links to the music video for Never Gonna Give You Up by Rick Astley. For people who don’t realize it’s April Fool’s Day, this could drive them crazy! Think about how many views this video will get today!

I’d embed the video, but they’ve disabled embedding options for now…

For those of you wondering what Rickrolling means…

 WikiAnswers says: Rickrolling is a new trend in online posting, in which a link is apparently provided to a seemingly interesting source, when in fact, it is a link to a Rick Astley video, “Never Gonna Give You Up”.

Other April Fool’s Day Pranks in brief…

  • The Pirate Bay has moved to the desert of Sinai in Egypt (last year it was North Korea)
  • Fark got Hacked!
  • – looks like you’ve landed at a MySpace page for 17 year old Crstal – her Dad bought her
  • Google Calendar introduces a “wake-up kit”

Thanks to all of you who sent in April Fool’s Day tips!