April Fool’s Day — 2012

Tomorrow is the First of April, a date we’ve always celebrated around here. Our earlier years’ posts were:

Florida Creationism: April Fool’s Day or Poe’s Law? (2011), and before that
Time Traveler Arrested! (2010), and before that
Noah’s Flood Started 4,300 Years Ago Today (2010), and before that
Curmudgeon’s Secret Identity Revealed! (2009).

So the question arises: What will the internet bring us tomorrow? Such things are inherently unpredictable, but there is one thing we know with certainty — we won’t find anything remarkably April Foolish at the usual creationist websites. That’s because for them, every day is April Fool’s Day.

Anyway, this is a good opportunity for you, dear reader, to display your creativity. Give us your own April 1st headlines. With all the talent possessed by our readership, surely you can at least equal the best that the rest of the world can offer.

But this won’t be as easy as it seems. You must contend with Poe’s law. Therefore, whatever you offer must somehow transcend the typical, everyday creationist website headline. It’s quite a challenge.

So have at it. All we ask is that you keep it clean.

Copyright © 2012. The Sensuous Curmudgeon. All rights reserved.

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14 responses to “April Fool’s Day — 2012

  1. Sadly, all the ones I can think of, I’ve actually seen before.

    Satan found in Nebula and Fossilized Satan found in dinosaur stomach.

  2. To embellish your comments, the software permits only a few formatting codes. The comments feature is a bit primitive in other ways too — there’s no preview feature and there are no buttons for formatting. The usual codes for subscript and superscript won’t work (you’ll have to write those as 10^3 or something).

    Here’s how to use the available codes. Note that codes are used in pairs, to turn the effect on and then off again. Please don’t start one of these codes without closing it:

    For italics: <em>text</em>

    For bold: <strong>text</strong>

    For strikethrough: <del>text</del>

    For blockquotes: <blockquote>this will appear both indented and in italics</blockquote>

    For links (keep the quote marks): <a href="link URL">link title</a>

  3. retiredsciguy

    No April Fool’s ideas here, but an idea — instead of repeating the formatting codes in the Comments following each post, how about listing them over there on the right, perhaps under “Commenting Rules”? Then they’d always be available for reference by us forgetful types.

  4. retiredsciguy says: “how about listing them over there on the right”

    Great idea. I’ll give it a try.

  5. @RSG: I concur. Great idea!
    @SC: They look good on the right and, with the colors, you can’t miss’em.

  6. Gary, the colors are an accident. That’s just how the code shows up. But they are visible.

  7. SC said: “the colors are an accident”. At work, we call this “excellence by accident”.

  8. Tomato Addict

    Looks good, but you could save a lot of space in your sidebar by putting the instructions inside the example:

    &LT;em&GT;for italics&LT;/em&GT;
    &LT;strong&GT;for bold&LT;/strong&GT;
    &LT;del&GT;for strikethrough&LT;/del&GT;

    Now, did I get my html right? …

  9. Tomato Addict

    Argh! Just delete it Curmie. It’s not worth the trouble to fix.

  10. 1981: what a year. I learned the true meaning of science early that year when I painfully decided to abandon a hypothesis I made 2 years earlier because my data were not supporting it. That summer I first head the word “creationism,” though it would be another 15 years before I learned of the scams to promote it. And on 1 April I learned that Bible “science” concludes that heaven is actually hotter than hell, in one of the presentations at the annual meetings of the Society of Useless and Irrelevant Research (SUIR, pronounced “sewer”).

  11. The best practical joke in recent years was pulled off by the crew of the Panda’s Thumb some years.

    Over at the DI blog the most egnorant neurosurgeon, Michael Egnor, had been spouting off about all sorts of bat guano crazy stuff for a while and, of course, we rose to the bait and pelted him severely with rashers of reason.

    The prank was that the DI *apparently* published an article on April First claiming that Egnor had been a Poe all along, writing obviously false and crazy stuff about the brain and that the Evilutionists had fallen for his tripe bait hook line and stinker.

    Well, in the comments we were all kicking ourselves for having fallen for the DI’s ruse, but still somewhat mystified that they actually could display a rare streak of humor.

    Of course, the joke was on us because the DI “confession” was a prank in itself. The website was a close replica to the DI’s with minor, but obvious, “errors” designed to give the game away to the observant. The DI, true to form, grumped and whined about how we made fun of them, etc, etc.

    To this day the Disco Tute has never demonstrated a scintilla of humor other than keeping Attack Gerbil Luskin employed.

  12. Tomato Addict

    I’ve got nothing, but may I recommend this editorial from Scientific American, which explain why we ought to just give up.

  13. Mental note: From now on, I will make sure that I am not drinking Mt Dew (or eating or drinking ANYTHING) not only when I’m reading a TA comment, but also anything he links to.
    I forgot how much that Mt Dew in the nose just hurrrrrts.

  14. Tomato Addict

    @Gary: I promise I will only link to dull, boring content for the rest of the year.

    Naw … just kidding … Happy Poisson d’Avril!!! :-)

    I’m pretty sure Steve Mirsky wrote much or all of that editorial, because it’s his sort of humor. His monthly column alone is worth the subscription price.