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Reminder: April 1 - Si, and I like potatoes.
Reminder: April 1
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PSA: April Fools' Day
Reminder: Tomorrow (April 1) is April Fools' Day.

As a general rule, take any story you read online with a grain of salt. Two, even.

Personally, I find some aspects of the "holiday" to be repugnant. I'm not a fan of actual practical jokes (something that might tie into my love of horror movies, in which practical jokes often lead to the creation of a new serial killer), as I think they're more often than not an exercise in being mean for its own sake. And I've seen way too many of them backfire. This goes doubly for blog entries.

Remember, too, that people do die on every day of the year. Fake celebrity deaths don't work as a practical joke, in my book. The death of Brandon Lee, for example, was reported on April 1 (although he died the day before). And Martha Graham, Marvin Gaye, and Leslie Cheung all come to mind as folks who died on April 1 (can you imagine, given the way he died, if folks had just dismissed the reports of Gaye's death?).

But I do appreciate the clearly-over-the-top stuff the holiday brings out in some sites. The KOL changes, for example, or the annual ThinkGeek "sales."

So, consider this my statement that A) I won't be posting any bogus entries tomorrow, and B) that I will be pointing out some of the better fakes sites on the net.
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xiphias From: xiphias Date: April 1st, 2012 12:15 am (UTC) (Link)
I think that April Fools' Day pranks can be worthwhile, so long as they cause no inconvenience or upset to anybody.

It's amazing how few pranks meet that criterion.
ckd From: ckd Date: April 1st, 2012 12:19 am (UTC) (Link)
The Google Maps NES port is worth a look, especially if you look around for some of the on-map easter eggs.
chris_walsh From: chris_walsh Date: April 1st, 2012 04:08 am (UTC) (Link)
Well said. So I linked to this.

I remember being kind of relieved that at least Pope John Paul II passed away on an April 2nd; him dying on April 1st would've seemed too much like a cosmic joke at his expense.
From: marajs Date: April 1st, 2012 01:37 pm (UTC) (Link)

just a little funny from the folks over at Bioware.
mac_arthur_park From: mac_arthur_park Date: April 1st, 2012 02:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
chris_walsh mentioned this post, so I wandered over and had to say thank you.

Hate this holiday. Hate, hate, hate it.
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