Murky Monday to you all, my little gingersnaps. How was your April Fools? Did you pull any pranks? Did anyone pull any pranks on you? Some of my favorite April Fools pranks are the ones done by websites I follow. The first one shows Conan O'Brien (on video) announcing that he bought Mashable for $3500. Not only did they just have the article, but they changed the whole website coloring to orange, to reflect his awesome ginger status.
Hello, fellow Mashables. It’s Conan O’Brien, and I’ve got big news. Two hours ago, I purchased Mashable.com. I’ve taken it over. Why did I take it over? Very simple reason.
I’m sick and tired of scanning the Internet looking for any news about technology: Devices, gadgets, what’s coming up, maybe even a rating system for gadgets that are out there. It doesn’t exist on the web and it’s high time it did.
I go to the Mashable see the atrocious job they’re doing. So I decided it’s time for me to take it over.
That’s why, several hours ago, I called Pete Cashmore and I told him, “You’re out! Get out! You’re through Cashmore! Through! Get out!”
Of course, keep in mind, I was screaming “Get out” from a phone call and he was speaking at home…So it wasn’t clear what I was throwing him out of. We straightened that out.
He said, “You’ll have to buy me out.” I said, “Buy you out? How about thirty-five hundred smackeroos?” He didn’t know what smackeroos were, but we talked again.
There’s going to be a lot of changes around here. So stay tuned, cause I’m in charge now. I’m going to be sending out a lot of tweets!
Another April Fools joke came to us with Richard Branson announcing his new "Virgin Volcanic Program" which will allow passengers to journey through the earth's core, through one of five active volcanoes and emerge on the other side of the world. The first passengers on his maiden voyage include Seth Green, Tom Hanks, Will.i.am, and Barbara Koppel (a filmmaker).
Journey to the center of the earth? Virgin CEO Sir Richard Branson would like you to think the famous Jules Verne novel could be a reality. On April 1, Branson’s Virgin Volcanic program, which will supposedly launch five people into the center of the earth, goes live. If that doesn’t raise your suspicions of a prank, the news release contains nutty quotes about traveling into live, active volcanos.
The Virgin Volcanic website says the vehicle will take a group of people, including Branson, into the earth’s core through one of five active volcanos (Etna in Sicily, Italy; Stromboli, Aeolian Islands; Yasur, Republic of Vanuatu; Ambrym, Republic of Vanuatu and Tinakula; Solomon Islands) and emerge on the other side of the world. Sound like a joke? It is. No one has ever been to the center of the earth, but scientists have used seismic observations to speculate that the earth’s mantle is made of liquid iron and nickel. Others say a black hole is at the center of the earth. The press release says the corkscrew-like vehicle is made from “patented” carbon carbon.
Branson said, “I have a long held a fascination with volcanoes having read Jules Verne’s Journey to the Centre of the Earth as a young boy. I decided that one day I would go there too. Alongside our adventures with Virgin Galactic and Virgin Oceanic, volcanoes are the next great unexplored terrain. What can I say, I lava challenge!”
The spiral-shaped probe looks straight out of Austin Powers. Seth Green, the actor who played Dr. Evil’s son Scott in the movie Austin Powers, is one of the passengers. He is quoted on the site saying, “Ever since filming Austin Powers, I’ve had this obsession with underground layers. I’ve waited patiently for Sir Richard to make the dream of traveling to the Earth’s core a reality.”
Liquid hot mag-ma, anyone?
The other riders include actor Tom Hanks, Will.i.am and documentary filmmaker Barbara Kopple.
The post goes even further to say Barbara Kopple will make a documentary about the expedition, along with a soundtrack by Will.i.am that will be recorded inside an active volcano.
Some companies just can’t wait for April Fools’ Day to arrive. Already by Saturday, pranks were hitting the web, with some sharp commenters catching on to the jokes and others taking it very seriously.
And even Google took part in the holiday by temporarily changing Google Maps to 8-bit version. (which I think they should keep)
I got an email from Stupid.com letting me know that for April 1st only, each order comes with a basket of kittens! How can I resist that? Cause you know, 7 cats just aren't enough.
But you gotta give it to ThinkGeek who always comes up with a line of products for sale (not really) on April 1st. For me it's a toss up between the spell-casting wizard hoodie and the Admiral Ackbar Singing Bass.
As for my April Fool's Prank? I was in the car and waited until Mr. G went into Starbucks (to pick up coffee for ME) when I acted like I accidentally texted him instead of Jamie about doing a foursome with her and her husband. (I'm lucky he didn't spit in my coffee) I did get him, just briefly, but by the time he returned with my coffee he knew I was trying to do an April Fools prank on him.
I was less successful with my dad when I texted him to tell him I was pregnant and he immediately texted me back to tell me he was too. Can't fool the one who taught me. *shrugs*
And now, for the exciting part... Announcing the 5 winners of my book giveaway!!! Even if you didn't win, please leave me feedback and tell me if you liked the chance to get multiple entries, or if you want me to go back to one entry/person for my next giveaway. I'm letting my peeps decide.
The winner of Soulless (The Parasol Protectorate) by Gail Carriger is... sassysam2121!
The winner of Red-Headed Stepchild (Sabina Kane) by Jaye Wells is... Kristina Yeager!
The winner of How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf by Molly Harper is... thatdamncat!
The winner of Night Pleasures by Sherrilyn Kenyon is... Megan Russell!
The winner of Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 1) by J. R. Ward is... Carolyn!!!
Congratulations to all the winners! For the winners, please tell me if you want the book in Kindle or paperback form. The winners have 48 hours to contact me (though I will do my best to contact you as well) to claim your prize. If a prize goes unclaimed, I will do a re-draw and choose a new winner. Thank you everyone for participating and making this such a fun blogoversary celebration!!! And everyone else, don't forget to tell me if you like having more than one chance at entry or you want to go back to one entry/per person. (full disclosure: every winning entry did have more than one entry due to following, FB, twitter or all of the above)
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