Tuesday, April 1, 2008

I Forgot About April Fools Day

Although I didn't actually pull any pranks today, nor was I the recipient of any pranks, I still think that some large scale pranks are pretty amusing. Rojak and Cocktail had a pretty hilarious post yesterday about the supposed origins of April Fool's Day as well as some pranks that confused or dismayed hundreds or thousands of people. I'm super gullible, so I'm glad that I haven't been the victim of said pranking, and I still think this stuff is really funny. This might be my favorite:

"An article by John Dvorak in the April 1994 issue of PC Computing magazine described a bill going through Congress that would make it illegal to use the internet while drunk, or to discuss sexual matters over a public network. The bill was supposedly numbered 040194 (i.e. 04/01/94), and the contact person was listed as Lirpa Sloof (April Fools backwards). The article said that the FBI was going to use the bill to tap the phone line of anyone who "uses or abuses alcohol" while accessing the internet. Passage of the bill was felt to be certain because "Who wants to come out and support drunkenness and computer sex?" The article offered this explanation for the origin of the bill: "The moniker 'Information Highway' itself seems to be responsible for SB 040194... I know how silly this sounds, but Congress apparently thinks being drunk on a highway is bad no matter what kind of highway it is." The article generated so many outraged phone calls to Congress that Senator Edward Kennedy's office had to release an official denial of the rumor that he was a sponsor of the bill."

Give it a read today or any time!

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