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Sadly not April fools: UK Government wants to ban all encrypted apps

The British Prime Minister said Monday that the UK Government would ban encrypted apps after the next UK General Election in May unless security services were given backdoor access to spy on users. David Cameron, in what is surprisingly not an … Continue reading ?

Heil Heifer: Gow’s Cows and the Nazi Bovine Menace

2 weeks agoNews : Jonathan Turley

This truly seemed like an April Fool’s joke or hoax, but farmer Derek Gow has a problem with Nazi cows. Gow’s cows are the only herd of Nazi-engineered cows in the country. However, he found that they have a habit of trying to kill everyone around them. It appears that the cows view all pastures […]

Death sentence upheld for Fudan University poisoner

2 weeks agoChina / Shanghai : Shanghaiist

A court in Shanghai has upheld the death sentence for a former medical student at Fudan University who killed his roommate by poisoning him, in what he claims was an "April Fool's joke" gone wrong. [ more › ]

Correcting Some Bogus West Point Mythology

2 weeks agoIndustries / Media : FishbowlNY

Better late than never? Maybe. In 1981, Li Zuhrun, currently a university professor but at that time a reporter for Chinese news agency Xinhua, was duped by an April Fool’s dispatch. According to a bogus item disseminated by UPI, cadets...Show More Summary

Chinese Communist hero Lei Feng not beloved by US cadets after all

2 weeks agoNews : The Raw Story

A former Chinese journalist has admitted falling for an April Fool joke which sparked a decades-long myth in his country — that US officer cadets learnt from the example of Communist military hero Lei Feng. Li Zhurun, a former reporter for China’s official Xinhua news agency who is now...

Accrington Stanley Sell 'Commemorative Tickets' to Non-Existent Match vs Man Utd

We admire the sheer brazenness of Accrington Stanley's marketing department for concocting a plan that sounds more like an April Fools' joke than an actual money-making scheme: Step 1: Lose to Yeovil Town, getting eliminated from the FA Cup in the process. Show More Summary

Best of 2014: You Won't Believe This Border Patrol Checkpoint Refusal Video

3 weeks agoNews : Reason

For April Fools Day 2014, we released what has become the second-most watched video in Reason TV's history. Shot in one take on a rainy day with an iPhone, this video is a case study in the power of a good concept. Especially when it deals with basic questions of civil liberties and overreach by the government.

The Spaghetti Harvest

On April 1, 1957, BBC news show Panorama talked about a town of spaghetti farmers in Switzerland. Since the dish wasn’t famous in the UK at the time, the joke fooled millions of viewers, including a BBC boss.

Arsenal target Grzegorz Krychowiak was only Spanish April Fooling about joining an English club

Sevilla’s Gregorz Krychowiak surprised his followers yesterday, unexpectedly tweeting that he’d reached an agreement to join an English club. The Polish defensive midfielder is believed to be targeted by Arsenal, so the tweet had Gooners licking their lips. But he revealed today that it was all a gag, for Dia de los Inocentes – Spain’s […]

Queretaro offered Ronaldinho a ridiculous £7.5m house to return, claim Mexican newspaper [Plans]

Yesterday was the Spanish April Fool’s Day and one Mexican newspaper got into the spirit by producing a fake story regarding Queretaro player Ronaldinho. The former Barcelona superstar has gone AWOL over Christmas and Record claimed the club were planning to build a mansion to bring Ronaldinho back. The newspaper went as far as producing […]

Barcelona & Mundo Deportivo troll readers by releasing fake 2016-2017 Barca kit [Photo]

Why would one of Spain’s must trusted football sources release a fake 2016-2017 Barcelona kit? The answer is simple! Today Spain celebrates their own version of “April Fools Day”. In Spain the day is known as “Inocentada’ Day”. During the day, it is common to play practical jokes/pranks on people and it appears Barcelona and […]

JDCMB Top 12 Posts of 2014

A little recap on some of the JDCMB highlights of 2014Mourning, anxiety, flashmobs, victimisation of one sort or another and an April Fool's joke proved dominant in this year's reader stats. Glad to say that also scoring highly (so to speak) are a certain wonderful tenor, a great composer to whom I love talking, and a very gifted young conductor. Show More Summary

?Not April Fool's: Lotus Rumored To Be Making An Evora-Based Crossover

last monthVehicles / Cars : Jalopnik

Way back in 2006 Lotus decided to have some fun for April Fool's with the Load Lugga, an El Camino'd Elise with a tow hook and a tailgate. The joke was obvious. It was the complete antithesis of what Lotus stood for. We laughed then. We're not laughing now. Read more...

The 2016 Ford Bronco Is Not Happening, Shut Up About It Already

last monthVehicles / Cars : Jalopnik

Four Wheeler thought it'd be hilarious to photoshop the Ford Atlas concept into a small SUV and tell everybody: "2016 Ford Bronco!" It was funny, on April Fool's Day. But it keeps burbling back every time somebody's uncle posts it to Facebook with a casually racist, politically-charged caption. And it needs to stop. Read more...

Hey, I just wrote my April Fool’s post!

(scheduled to appear in a few months, of course). I think you’ll like it. Or hate it. Depending on who you are. The post Hey, I just wrote my April Fool’s post! appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science.

9 Fake Products We Wish Were Real

2 months agoOdd : Neatorama

Every year, generally around the first of April, products are introduced that get our hopes up then dash them against the sidewalk like a soda bottle, as the pranksters tell us we were fools to believe such a product could exist. But...Show More Summary

#22 Zombie Bunny

I don't know why I did this. I saw this idea as an April fools joke and wanted a real one. Since I had all the supplies on hand, it was a no brainer! It's happening! I already had the mold for a chocolate bunny along with my many other candy molds. You can buy bunny molds online or at a local cake supply store. Show More Summary

Arsenal & Manchester United want Barça’s Thomas Vermaelen on loan in January (!) [MD]

Even accounting for the wacky world of transfer speculation, this sounds like an early April Fools joke from Mundo Deportivo. The Catalan paper claim that both Arsenal and Manchester United want to take Thomas Vermaelen on loan in January. Given the fact that the Belgian is perpetually injured – and just suffered a relapse today in […]

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