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A foolish day in April

April 1, 2008 |  4:25 pm

April_fools_2008_2 Sam Rubin fired!

KLOS goes to Spanish language format!

Google buys Malibu, renames it Googlebu!

Yeah, it's April first, and pranksters everywhere are having a little laugh. The foolish season got an early start with Gustavo Arellano's "I quit" missive in the OC Weekly last week.

"And with this, the Mexican formally bids adios, effective the feast day of St. Melito. It’s been a great run ... but all the hateful e-mail, the attacks ... and the fact that few of you have bothered to submit video questions to my YouTube channel wear on a guy, you know?

Ummm, St. Melito's feast day? April 1.

Google (which didn't buy Malibu, btw) raises the bar with Virgle, a plan to colonize Mars (apply here!), Scratch 'n' Sniff Google Books, and Custom Time, which lets you send emails from the past. Australian Google comes through with Google G'Day, which lets you surf tomorrow's web today.

Wired collects some great gags from Aprils gone by:

1997 - Between March 31 and April 2, the World Wide Web will be closed for cleaning. Five Japanese-built, multilingual Internet-crawling robots will remove "electronic flotsam and jetsam."

1976 - At precisely 9:47 am on April 1, Pluto will pass behind Jupiter, causing a brief reduction in Earth's gravitational pull. Astronomer Patrick Moore urges his BBC Radio audience to jump into the air at that exact moment to experience a floating sensation. At 9:48, dozens of light-headed listeners begin calling the station to report their success.

Further afield, the BBC caught footage of flying penguins, while Hilary Clinton challenged Barack Obama to a bowl-off. In Berkeley, a rumor that a controversial Marine recruiting center had been closed turned out to be false. Not a hoax, said Code Pink, the anti-war group who admitted to to spreading fake news, but "a hope."

Oh, and full disclosure - that Malibu blog just might belong to me. No fooling.

--Veronique de Turenne

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