Google, Facebook and Ryan Air April Fools

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Yesterday was April Fools’ Day. After years of torment by my old schoolmates, it’s usually the day when I sit quietly in my room and cut all ties with the outside world in my bid to spare myself from any humiliation.

Did it help this year? NOOOOOOO..

1) Google TiSP (Toilet Internet Service Provider): Fancy some FREE in-home wireless broadband service? Look no further than your own.. toilet! How does it work?

“Google TiSP (BETA) is a fully functional, end-to-end system that provides in-home wireless access by connecting your commode-based TiSP wireless router to one of thousands of TiSP Access Nodes via fiber-optic cable strung through your local municipal sewage lines.”

Basically, flush (no, GFlush) a cable down the toilet and it will be connected to the network by dedicated PHDs (Plumbing Hardware Dispatchers). And you know what the best bit is? A ZDnet blogger apparently fell for it and made a serious blog post on TiSP. LOL 😀

2) GMail Paper: Print hard copies of your emails and get them delivered to you for FREE!

According to them, it’s free because “the cost of postage is offset with the help of relevant, targeted, unobtrusive advertisements, which will appear on the back of your Gmail Paper prints in red, bold, 36 pt Helvetica. No pop-ups, no flashy animations—these are physically impossible in the paper medium.”

3) Ryanair: Flights to the Moon!

They prominently displayed a picture of Ryanair’s jets flying to the Moon and when I clicked on it, I was redirected to another page with a huge “GOTCHA!” plastered on it 😛

4) Facebook: Introducing LivePoke!

They will “dispatch a real live person today to poke a friend of your choice.”

I’ve never hit that “Poke” button much quicker in my entire life 😛

5) World of Warcraft: Introducting the Tinfoil Hat!

“Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not out to get you.”

All this just goes to show that no matter where you are, there’s no escaping April Fools’ Day. You can run, but you can’t hide.

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