Minh’s Notes

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Minh Nguyễn
April 3rd, 2004


Were you fooled?

Were you fooled by yesterday’s front page (a parody of DJ’s site)? Yes or yes? I didn’t feel like putting that page up in time for April Fool’s Day, because everyone does something to their website for April Fool’s, so you’d be expecting it.

Anyhow, for a whole lot of better pranks, you’ll definitely want to see the Top 100 April Fool’s Day Hoaxes of All Time. My favorites are:

  1. San Serriffe, 1977
  2. Taco Liberty Bell, 1996
  3. Instant Color TV
  4. Isaac Bickerstaff’s Predictions
  5. Sydney Iceberg
  6. Arm the Homeless Coalition
  7. Big Ben Goes Digital, 1980
  8. Twenty-Six–Day Marathon
  9. Euro Anthem (scroll down), 1999
  10. Internet Spring Cleaning, 1997, a type of prank known popularly at MIT as a “hack.”

As of Monday the 5th, the prank has been moved, and the normal front page is back. Thanks to all who were honestly fooled by it.


  1. Wikipædia is undergoing a bit of a transition.

  2. Ack! While I was sleeping last night, someone must’ve come in and hacked Planet Xavier! It’s all… purple…

  3. I was on the plane and away from the keyboard for most of April Fool’s, so my prank will just have to wait until next year. In the meantime, some of this year’s best.

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    The lucky folks back home in Cincinnati appear to be having a snow day in April, according to my self-aware program that automatically updates Planet Xavier to reflect the latest school closings.