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This year April Fools had some great pranks and gags to offer, here are 5 of them which I liked. Some are even believable I guess:

  1. Google+ Virgin Media = Virgle — are sending people to live in MARS,
    “Here’s the Virgle Pioneer pitch: Things will get better. Eventually. Sure, the work will be hard, the broadband rates low, the commodes decidedly open source, and yes, your life might be extinguished in a fiery instant of catastrophic technological malfunction. But your enriched descendants will appreciate your sacrifice, which should render worthwhile your choice to spend the rest of your (perhaps radically foreshortened) life in deprivation and uncertainty.”

    They (two co-founders of Google) have even put a convincing 1 minute youtube video about it, see it here. Google had other gags as well but I like this the most.
  2. CNET News, says Mark Zuckerberg facebook founder as guest host on upcoming episode of Saturday Night Live. It quotes
    “The mild-mannered Zuckerberg, best-known for vanilla-flavored speeches filled with talking points about “the social graph” and “making communication more efficient,” will provide the opening monologue as well as appear in a number of sketches on the NBC show’s April 5 episode.”
    Read it all here.

  3. BBC reports Flying Penguins at Edinburgh Zoo, It adds:
    “And penguins were the subject of an April Fool at Edinburgh Zoo too - when staff claimed they had an exhibition of the world’s-first flying penguins. Sadly that was a joke too!”
    Read it all here ,(has a good round up of the world celebrating April Fools in this page) or the video of flying penguins here.
  4. Janet to re-shoot ‘Rock With U’ video: It quotes
    “Janet Love has learnt that Janet will re-shoot her video for Rock With U. In a statement released exclusively to Janet Love, Island Def Jam representative Lila Froop confirmed that Janet was unhappy with the initial version of the video and held crisis talks all weekend with director Saam Farahmand. He was given 24 hours to pitch new ideas for a video and has been instructed to have the shoot ready for this coming weekend.”
    Good and someone may even believe :-). Read full story here.
  5. Last but not the least our own The Himalayan Times (THT) published an anchor news titled Booze banned as Nepal goes dry, It adds
    “The authorities are gearing up to declare Nepal a dry country for the next 10 days in the run-up to the CA election.

    In normal course, the election authorities ban the sale, distribution and consumption of liquor 48 hours before polling, that too only at a radius of 100 metres near the polling centres.”
    I think it’ll be good if Nepal Government really does this. Read full news here.
There were lots of gags and pranks to watch out this April Fools day many are listed in Wikipedia here and a site has been setup to report April fools day on the web here. See them, enjoy.

Geshan Manandhar.