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Old 03-30-07, 12:27 PM   #1
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Best April Fool's Gag?

What's your best April Fool's Gags over the years?

Don't be shy...spit 'em out.

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My younger years April Fool's gags were pretty simple. Blowing egg out of shell and putting empty egg shells in chairs to make people sit on them and things like that.

My best one, though, was played on my mother back in the early 90s. Maybe 90 or 91. I was just a few years out of high school (about 20 or 21) and my mom was already bugging me about when I thought I'd settle down and get married. She was always nagging me about it...telling me she wanted grandkids. I didn't even have a freakin' girlfriend at the time.

Finally one day I thought of a gag that may stop her with that crap. I called her up on April 1 at work. I told her that Rachel and I were getting married. Rachel was a girl I was friends (and only friends) with in high school. We still got together for a drink or a movie now and then. I knew my mom didn't know her well enough that she just may fall for it.

I call her up...tell her to sit down. I tell her that Rachel and I were getting married. I made up a story about how I proposed. I really let it sink in...for like 10 minutes. Let her get to the point where she was making plans about things she might do for the wedding, etc.....

Once she was really into it..making plans and bought in HOOK, LINE AND SINKER, I yell APRIL FOOLS MOM!!!

I didn't have the guts to go home before she was in bed for almost a week.
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I dunno, maybe that's one of those "you had to be there" things. But then again, I've never really pulled off a great one. Last year I read about (same technique, different article) one that I put into effect that was pretty good. About a week before April 1st I turned the encryption off on my wireless router in order to get a few leeches in the building stealing some internet access. Sure enough after a week I had a few people using my internet on a regular basis. Then on April 1st I forwarded all www requests through my router to my computer and using a squid proxy and a bit of perl passed back the request to the leech so that the web page they were looking at had all upside-down images. At the end of the day I made all requests forward to a page that just said "April Fools" and then I turned the encryption back on and closed out the IP tables again. Good fun. Geeky fun, but good fun.

I've sinced moved, maybe I should do it again this year...
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I quit smoking April 1rst 2004. Which I found pretty witty.
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I dunno, maybe that's one of those "you had to be there" things. But then again, I've never really pulled off a great one. Last year I read about (same technique, different article) one that I put into effect that was pretty good. About a week before April 1st I turned the encryption off on my wireless router in order to get a few leeches in the building stealing some internet access. Sure enough after a week I had a few people using my internet on a regular basis. Then on April 1st I forwarded all www requests through my router to my computer and using a squid proxy and a bit of perl passed back the request to the leech so that the web page they were looking at had all upside-down images. At the end of the day I made all requests forward to a page that just said "April Fools" and then I turned the encryption back on and closed out the IP tables again. Good fun. Geeky fun, but good fun.

I've sinced moved, maybe I should do it again this year...
LOL....that's a good one.
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Flour over the shower curtain and then run to the hot water heater to turn the hot water valve off.
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When we decided to move to Costa Rica I announced it to my dear Mom by saying.

"Mom, we have to move to a Central American country..."

She gave me a hard look and said, "What have you done?"
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I dunno, maybe that's one of those "you had to be there" things. But then again, I've never really pulled off a great one. Last year I read about (same technique, different article) one that I put into effect that was pretty good. About a week before April 1st I turned the encryption off on my wireless router in order to get a few leeches in the building stealing some internet access. Sure enough after a week I had a few people using my internet on a regular basis. Then on April 1st I forwarded all www requests through my router to my computer and using a squid proxy and a bit of perl passed back the request to the leech so that the web page they were looking at had all upside-down images. At the end of the day I made all requests forward to a page that just said "April Fools" and then I turned the encryption back on and closed out the IP tables again. Good fun. Geeky fun, but good fun.

I've sinced moved, maybe I should do it again this year...
What is funny is that you can do that almost anywhere, as there are so many people who are either wannabe wardrivers, or who just want to leech wireless.

Block outgoing port 25 if you want to allow riffraff on your wireless. There are people in Austin who try to find open wireless connections just to run their spam programs, and the poor accountholder gets the bill.
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What is funny is that you can do that almost anywhere, as there are so many people who are either wannabe wardrivers, or who just want to leech wireless.

Block outgoing port 25 if you want to allow riffraff on your wireless. There are people in Austin who try to find open wireless connections just to run their spam programs, and the poor accountholder gets the bill.
I keep 25 open when I run my home SMTP server, but lately I've had it closed because I've all but offloaded all my e-mail traffic to other servers. I just use IP Tables to keep it sane though.

Still, in my building I only got maybe 4 or 5 leeches. I didn't bother to check the logs to see if they actually got the images upside down, but I'm sure if confused a few people for a couple minutes.
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This wasn't one I did but one that got me for a while. About 8 years ago when Bob Stoops was hired as OUs new football coach the team had pretty much sucked for a few years. He promised to really shake the program up. Somehow Stoops, a few of the radio stations, at least one TV station and the paper ran with a story that as part of the shake-up the university had decided to change from red & white to green & white. Artist renderings and everything. OK, maybe not the end of the world but for all the businesses and those of us who decorate our lives with red & white it was quite a shock. They actually kept the joke going strong for a couple of days before giving it up.
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This year a coworker and I are making everyone think we're having a baby and are getting married. We're announcing it tomorrow (March 31) to get it going really good!
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Once she was really into it..making plans and bought in HOOK, LINE AND SINKER, I yell APRIL FOOLS MOM!!!

I didn't have the guts to go home before she was in bed for almost a week.
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When we were children, my sisters would put enough sugar on their breakfast cereal to make me sick to look at it. So one April Fool's Day, I switched the sugar with salt. When they complained my parents told them to finish their cereal, they shouldn't have put that much of anything on their cereal. I still laugh thinking back at the looks on their faces.
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My Mom kept animals in the house and was always cleaning up after the dog. So I purchased some fake dog poop and placed it on the living room carpet. She picked it up in a paper towel and threw it away without noticing it was fake. That was funnier than the gag.

BTW. April 1st is also my Mom's birthday.
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If anyone remembers the ******.cx website, I made use of it once. If you don't know what I am talking about go read about it on Wikipedia, but be WARNED, clicking on any mirror links might cause you to become permanently sterile... anyhow.
I was doing some contract work for Compaq Computers down in their Kentucky office. I had become real good friends with one of the Unix techs there and we devised the perfect plan. All NT workstations (this was back before Windows 2000 and the like) had morning software pushes, meaning that every morning when the users turned on their computers, security updates and new software installs came down from a serving proxy and they had to wait. Using that p[roxy we could make any change we wanted to the computers. So the night before April first we set it to change every persons homepage to http://www.******.cx/. Oh the horror that ensued that morning. Over 40 workstations were affected, it was great. We caught up with the NT techs later in the day just to have a smoke and chat and all they could talk about was some new "virus" that was going around. I think one of them even got fired. I didn't care though, I was quite the prick back then.
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I once took a recent press release from our CEO (this was in 2004 I think) and altered it to say our company had become an associate sponsor on Michael Waltrip's car (this was a week before the Texas Winston/Nextel Cup race), and that he and the entire DEI team would be coming to visit our facility (15 miles from TMS).

I sent it out to our entire facility, and it spread like wildfire.

I had to send out an e-mail shortly after saying it was a hoax.

A lot of race fans at my company were pretty pissed off.

Thinking back, I'm surprised I was not fired or reprimanded in some way.
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See my ride thread........
Well, it's officially April 1! Night ride pic and ride report!
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