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It’s April Fool’s Day and the Internet will be littered with hijinks such as Google’s apparent name change to Topeka in honor of the Kansas city that changed its name to Google to win the Google Fiber service. Tell us your favorites and share the laughs.

Ready your skepticism, world. Today is April Fool’s Day and the web, Twitter and your Facebook pages will likely be littered with hijinks such as Google’s apparent name change to Topeka in honor of the Kansas city that changed its name to Google in a bid to win the Google Fiber service. The joke’s on us, though because it effectively puts Google’s experimental fiber network right back at the front of our minds for yet another day. So share the web’s best pranks with us today (I’m enjoying the image of Virgin Media’s fiber-fixing ferrets) and come back to see what’s happening in the comments. In the meantime, enjoy the following ones:

  • Johns Hopkins has apparently changed its name, losing the “s” since it was too hard to get people to use it. From a release announcing the faux change: “We give up,” university President Ronald J. Daniel said. “We’re fighting a losing battle here. And we strongly suspect the extra ‘s’ was a typo in the first place.”
  • Verizon decides to employ a crash test dummy as an executive.
  • Introducing the iCade! Turn your iPad into an 80s-style arcade game ! Offering the ability to turn your “otherwise useless iPad” into a “beautifully retro styled, handcrafted wooden tabletop arcade cabinet and MAME emulator.”

And an innovative glass company has come up with a prescription windshield for race car drivers who need glasses, which I could totally use.

  1. The Yahoo video is great, if you pause and read the eye chart, it says “This is an April Fool from Auto Windscreen”. Nice!

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  2. Okay, I want to add Amazon’s quantum compute cloud to the mix — QC2 http://aws.typepad.com/aws/2010/04/introducing-qc2-the-quantum-compute-cloud.html

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  3. And here’s one that I found too poignant to be funny ( I felt like crying, actually), but maybe I’m just a little too close to those Mars Rovers. NASA tells us that Opportunity has Gone AWOL to find its junked sister rover: http://news.discovery.com/space/mars-rover-goes-awol-drives-in-direction-of-sister-rover.html

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  4. This is great! An article claiming the Vancouver Canucks are being moved to Surrey (suburb of Van)

    http://vancitybuzz.blogspot.com/2010/04/vancouver-canucks-to-move-to-surrey-in.html

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