The February 1st post looked at Hyper Text Coffee Pot Control Protocol. Indeed, the internet has allowed rumor and hoax proliferation to reach amazing speeds and distances. As a tradition of the Internet Engineering Task Force, they like to publish an April Fools' Day RFC each year. One of my favorites was the 1990 RFC 1149, which describes the IP over Avian Carriers proposal. RFC 2549 offered quality of service information in 1999, while this year's RFC 6214 examines transitioning it to IPv6. Ah, sweet nerd humor.
The Great Comics Switcheroonie of 1997 was an event I completely missed. Granted, I was only just becoming a teenager, but Dilbert was one of the mainstays of my life as a youth. I did notice a swap with Family Circus when I bought the Dilbert book for that year, but didn't realize that it was a mass campaign involving 46 syndicated strips in newspapers across the nation. Everyone from FoxTrot to Beetle Bailey to Garfield swapped strips with another cartoonist. Though the event didn't become a tradition, it did inspire many webcomic artists to do the same regularly. A few years later, Bill Amend (of FoxTrot) parodied Baby Blues, Calvin and Hobbes, and Doonesbury in a similar manner; while a 2005 prank saw FoxTrot, Pearls Before Swine, and Get Fuzzy use the same dialogue with their respective characters and settings.
|At least they don't sell freedom fries.|
ROTFLMAO! Here's hoping that you don't experience any horrible pranks today. Happy reading!