April 1, 2002
This is April Fool's Day
April fools hoaxes for this year:
Please add more 2002 April Fool hoaxes here, including any relevant external links
- The Register: reported AOL buying up weblogs
- The Open Directory re-branded itself as the 'Microsoft Directory Project'
- Kuro5hin acquired MetaFilter, renaming it to met4filter.org
- Slashdot announced that is will start posting advertiser-sponsored news stories, and disable anonymous posting.
- Google described its PigeonRank system.
- The Guardian profiled Harmony Cousins
- CPAN renamed itself the 'Comprehensive Java Archive Network'
- The annual spoof Linus Torvalds post on the Linux kernel mailing list announced his resignation from the Linux effort
- IETF published April 1st RFCs RFC3251 (Distribution of electricity over IP) and RFC3252 (Encapsulating IP in XML).
- MIT changed its home page to a spoof of the Google home page.
- a spoof Yahoo News story was circulated stating that PK Interactive had received funding from idealab!  (note: check the URL above closely)
- The TidBITS newsletter offered a spoof issue
- The Tom's Hardware website reported that AMD and nVIDIA were to merge.
- The BBC reported more April Fools' pranks including the announced 'flotation' of Harrods.
- CNN reported that two Montreal disk jockeys managed to phone Bill Gates on the pretext that one of them was Canadian prime minister Jean Chrétien wanting to set up a meeting with Gates. What CNN didn't mention is that these two have a reputation for their audacious prank calls. Previous recipients of their attention have included Queen Elizabeth II and Pope John Paul II.
- Blizzard Entertainment, the computer game company that produced Warcraft III, announced they would be adding a fifth playable race to the game: the Pandaren, a race of bamboo-eating, sword-wielding warriors. (see Panda)