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April Fools Pranks April 1, 2009

Woopra to Launch World’s First Webcam Spy Feature for Web Sites

Woopra, the world’s fastest growing Web Analytics provider, today announced that the next version of its wildly popular real-time Website monitoring application will allow users to remotely activate and view Website visitor’s built-in Webcams.

The company’s chief scientist, Dr. Lirpa Sloof, said, “Woopra already provides the most robust, feature rich and easy to use Web analytics available. Today we extend our market lead by integrating our latest patent-pending technology to give Webmasters more information about their visitors than ever before.”

Combined with Woopra’s unique abilities to display individual Web site visitors in real time and track them by name, this new technology levels the playing field by enabling companies and individuals alike to gain unprecedented visibility into user demographics and preferences.

According to John P., iFusion Labs CEO, “Governments have been using this technology for over a decade. What we’ve done is simply made it available to the general public.”

Internet Reboot Today

As you may have heard in the news, the Internet will be rebooted today and is expected to be down for around one minute. A global consortium of ISPs and technology companies has called for the action following several periods of instability over the past few years.

People forget that the Internet has been running continuously since the 1970s. This reboot will provide greater stability for years to come. We’re also hoping it will result in fewer viagra and scam messages.

Some of the equipment down there is nearly 40 years old. There are missing fuses, exposed wires and unterminated cables: it will be dangerous.
Anyone surfing the net or sending a large email attachment at 11.59 could easily electrocute one of my team.

Become a mountain cleaner in Switzerland

We do everything to make summer holidays perfect

Many thousands of people in Switzerland do everything day in, day out so that guests in our country can have absolutely perfect holidays. Many do things that others do not even think about.

Introducing CADIE

Research group switches on world's first "artificial intelligence" tasked-array system. For several years now a small research group has been working on some challenging problems in the areas of neural networking, natural language and autonomous problem-solving.

Last fall this group achieved a significant breakthrough: a powerful new technique for solving reinforcement learning problems, resulting in the first functional global-scale neuro-evolutionary learning cluster. Since then progress has been rapid, and tonight we're pleased to announce that just moments ago, the world's first Cognitive Autoheuristic Distributed-Intelligence Entity (CADIE) was switched on and began performing some initial functions.

It's an exciting moment that we're determined to build upon by coming to understand more fully what CADIE's emergence might mean, for Google and for our users. So although CADIE technology will be rolled out with the caution befitting any advance of this magnitude, in the months to come users can expect to notice her influence on various google.com properties. Earlier today, for instance, CADIE deduced from a quick scan of the visual segment of the social web a set of online design principles from which she derived this intriguing homepage.

These are merely the first steps onto what will doubtless prove a long and difficult road. Considerable bugs remain in CADIE'S programming, and considerable development clearly is called for. But we can't imagine a more important journey for Google to have undertaken. For more information about CADIE see this monograph, and follow CADIE's progress via her YouTube channel and blog.


Announcing the world’s first flying hotel!

Experience the adrenaline rush of taking off and flying high in the largest helicopter ever produced.

The Hotelicopter features 18 luxuriously-appointed rooms for adrenaline junkies seeking a truly unique and memorable travel experience. Each soundproofed room is equipped with a queen-sized bed, fine linens, a mini-bar, coffee machine, wireless internet access, and all the luxurious appointments you’d expect from a flying five star hotel. Room service is available one hour after liftoff and prior to landing. See more pictures in the Photo Gallery.

The Hotelicopter’s excellent crew and staff make your security and safety their number one priority. Our vehicle meets or exceeds all safety, operating, and maintenance requirements outlined by the FAA in the CFR (Code of Federal Regulations) relating to transport category rotorcraft. The Hotelicopter is due to fly its maiden journey this summer. Interested in learning more? Become our fan on facebook or follow us on twitter to receive our complete welcome kit and to be notified when our reservation system becomes open to the public.

Küken können rechnen

Von wegen dummes Huhn: Federvieh kann rechnen - und zwar schon als Küken. Sollten die Ergebnisse italienischer Forscher stimmen, wären Hühner in Sachen Rechenkunst selbst Affen überlegen.

London - Das Unterscheiden von "größer" und "kleiner" scheint kein besonderes Kunststück zu sein: Viele Tiere sind dazu fähig, doch selbst dies gelingt ihnen meist nur, wenn sie zwei Gruppen im direkten Vergleich zueinander sehen. Hühner aber scheinen zu abstrakterem Denken fähig zu sein: Sie unterscheiden auch dann größer von kleiner, wenn die zur Wahl stehenden Gruppen nach kurzer Zeit verdeckt werden. Und sie rechnen sogar mit, wenn die Größen der Gruppen vor ihren Augen verändert werden, haben Rosa Rugani und ihre Kollegen von der Universität Trient herausgefunden.

Das Ergebnis ist verblüffend, da vorherige Studien ergeben hatten, dass beispielsweise Affen und selbst mehrere Monate alte Kleinkinder auf den Zahlenraum von eins bis drei beschränkt sind. Die Küken hingegen konnten offenbar im Zahlenraum von eins bis fünf rechnen, schreiben die Wissenschaftler im renommierten Fachmagazin "Proceedings of the Royal Society B". Dabei seien die flauschigen Genies nur drei bis vier Tage alt gewesen.
In der Vorbereitungsphase legten die Forscher den Küken zunächst für einige Stunden fünf kleine gelbe Bälle in den Käfig, bei denen es sich ausgerechnet um die Innenbehälter aus Überraschungseiern handelte. Als sich die Tiere an die künstlichen Artgenossen gewöhnt hatten, entfernten die Wissenschaftler die Bälle aus dem Käfig und ließen sie vor den Augen der eingesperrten Küken hinter zwei Abschirmungen verschwinden: zwei Bälle links und drei Bälle rechts.

Nachdem die Küken freigelassen worden waren, liefen sie spontan zu der Abschirmung, hinter der sich mehr Bälle und damit der größere Anreiz befanden. Dann steigerten die Forscher den Schwierigkeitsgrad und stellten den Küken Rechenaufgaben: Sie ließen zunächst vier Bälle hinter dem linken und einen Ball hinter dem rechten Schirm verschwinden. Dann ließen sie zwei Bälle von links nach rechts wandern, alles vor den Augen der Küken.

Nun befanden sich auf der linken Seite nur noch zwei Bälle und auf der rechten Seite drei. Der Vorgang entsprach also der Subtraktion 4 - 2 = 2 in Bezug auf die linke Seite beziehungsweise der Addition 1 + 2 = 3 in Bezug auf die rechte Seite. Die Küken liefen daraufhin zur rechten Seite. Sie hatten offenbar mitgezählt und wussten, wo sich nun die größere Anzahl an Bällen befand, folgerten die Forscher.

Zur Kontrolle bekamen die Küken anschließend weitere Aufgaben, die sie ebenfalls ohne Probleme lösten. Zusätzlich überprüften die Forscher, ob sich die jungen Hühner auch dann für die größere Zahl an Objekten entscheiden, wenn diese unterschiedlich groß sind: Hatten die Küken die Wahl zwischen zwei Würfeln auf der linken Seite und drei kleineren Würfeln auf der rechten Seite, entschieden sie sich dennoch für die rechte Seite. Ausschlaggebend war demnach tatsächlich die Anzahl der Gegenstände - Größe und Volumen schienen keine Rolle zu spielen.

"Der Aufbau dieses Experiments ist das Ergebnis von rund zehn Jahren Forschung", sagte Studienleiterin Rugani im Gespräch mit SPIEGEL ONLINE. Es sei nun erstmals bewiesen, dass die Fähigkeit zu abstraktem Rechnen unabhängig von Kultur, Sprache oder Ausbildung existieren könne.

Bei den Versuchen habe man sich die Tatsache zunutze gemacht, dass das Überleben von Küken davon abhängt, nicht von der Gruppe getrennt zu werden. "Die anderen Küken können leicht hinter Büschen oder Bäumen verschwinden, weshalb es für die Tiere nützlich ist, auch ohne direkten Sichtkontakt zu wissen, wo sich die Gruppe befindet", so Rugani. Möglicherweise besäßen die Küken deshalb schon im Alter von wenigen Tagen die Fähigkeit, abstrakt zu rechnen.

Fake kidnapping prank – play it cute or mean

If you want to play a cute prank for once or you need to give your team a break from some evil past doing, here is a harmless but effective prank for you.

Take a Polaroid to work or any other place you want to play this. In an unobserved moment take an item away your prank target really likes or needs, best: both. Stuffed animals works great, keys, lunch box (full of course, right before lunch time).

Take a Polaroid picture of the “borrowed” item and leave it with a ransom letter at the original place.

Famous ransoms could be a dinner invitation, a date (maybe not with the boss), a six pack or a fake ransom letter requesting the release of someone the other person has stolen or taken away (your heart, a friend, a hobby without sharing).

Depending on your effort this could really be neat and the talk of town (or the office) for a while. Obviously you can play this neat and cute or mean but the closer you get to a threat the less you refer to this website please (read the disclaimer buddy!).

A fake kidnapping with people is not advised if kids are involved. Have some decency!

But an obvious fun kidnapping, if well done, as a bachelor prank or game is always appreciated. Especially at April Fool's Day.

Your additional prank ideas or experience here please

Plastic Wrap Prank – Foil-Wrap EVERYTHING!

If you really want someone’s attention get one of those industrial size plastic foil wrap rolls companies use to wrap their palettes in.

You can do this prank yourself or get a hand by a couple of buddies. As a team you could actually wrap the entire building!

Its really simple and straight forward: in an unattended moment wrap just everything from someone you dislike or just want to pull a prank on. Entire desks are popular, lockers, bundles of clothes, coats, shoes, shelves, equipment, drawer content, books, plans, computers, bicycles, you name it…

The trick is to really use a LOT of foil. For instance you should walk around the car or desk at least 5 times and wrap it really tight. It’s quite annoying and not too easy to get the tightly wrapped plastics foil off.

This prank works even better when played on someone who is in a real hurry. Wrapping up toilet booths or cubicles should be done with someone inside. Especially when there is no pointy object around to get the foil pierced. Watch folks using their teeth or high heels instead.

If you really want to overdo it, entire buildings come to mind.

Here is a sneaky one:

A couple, caught in the act, let’s say: at a party! Delivered in plastic foil while still being “plugged” – now THAT should make it to the news!

Have fun and share your experience and ideas here.

It’s snowing! Car prank – a car, someone you hate and polystyrene

You need three things: someone you hate, access to his car and polystyrene (e.g. Styropor or Styrofoam) packaging foam.

Crumble all the polystyrene into very tiny pieces and sneak into someone’s car. Now, pour a couple of hands full of the polystyrene into all the air vents and direct them upwards.

Before leaving the car check for tracks and remove any polystyrene piece that might be visible. The car needs to look as entered. Don’t forget to turn the ventilation to full blast before you go.

You need to have an excuse to hand around the car when ignited. You don’t want to miss this moment.

Maybe you got a friend who will be given a lift. Make him take photos, while entering the car he could claim that he needs to check something on his camera.

This prank works well for a wedding! It’s up to you if you want to do this right before church or rather afterwards or even next day. This makes a great bachelor prank too, but it’s actually more fun with people who don’t expect to be pranked.

Like the bride’s parents for instance, right the moment when they pick up the wedding cake and mom wants to carry it in her lap for the short ride home.

Tell us if it worked and which divorce lawyer we can call for an entry into the Guinness Book of Records for the fastest divorce after a wedding prank.

Variations: Buses, vans (packed with 8 people right before taking off for vacation), or you can just the stuff into someone’s umbrella on a rainy day…

Office computer prank: Virus Alert!

Imitate an official IT department alert email message or black board announcement. State in serious notes that a special virus outbreak compromised the network and is being dealt with.

As a specialty the Trojan is being activated by using the letter “e” from any computer connected to the company network. Advise the office workforce, colleagues, coworkers and friends under no circumstances to use the letter “e”.

Instead everyone should be using letter “u” until notified otherwise.

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Add a twist by excluding some folks from the prank who will go crazy over this. Printing posters and hang them everywhere but one floor or office area might support this little prank twist nicely as well.

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Expensive (if caught) but neat: double April Fools prank

Take two groups of unsuspicious, rather serious people and play April Fools on them without them knowing. You can pull this off yourself or watch with friends. Careful with recording, the material can be used against you in court.

Prepare carefully, especially in terms of your concept. You don’t have to play this as an April Fools prank, it just depends on your creativity.

Imagine you’d find out about some group of serious people working something out publicly on April 1st. Say, a new construction zone, roadies mounting a concert stage at some public place, a film crew preparing for a shoot, a booth being erected at some public place, a public get-together or party that’s being arranged for, whatever fits the bill.

Weddings are great for that matter too!

Now, making sure the stuff is in swing April 1st in the morning go call (don’t use your cell phone, stupid!) the Police or any other official (Mayor or Governor works fine too and you wouldn’t have to worry too much to be tracked down afterwards) reporting on an April Fool’s prank (or just a prank if it’s not April) unfolding at that location. Play suspicious and frightened or at least surprised but most importantly: highly concerned!

Now, back to the scene (act quickly or have someone doing so in parallel while reporting to the officials) walk up to the selected group of prank victims and smilingly inform them about a group of students and friends who will turn up in a moment who plan on playing an April Fools (or any other) prank on that group by acting as officials.

Explain to them that this group of people is dead serious about succeeding in their effort to play this prank out to the max and that you even think they might hide a camera team close by. So, what you believe is that these pranksters will pull all strings to really make it look extremely real. Maybe you could describe it as a TV show concept you heard about being an intern at a TV station.

You can find a good laugh with these folks and excuse yourself to leave. Head for your carefully selected observation station and enjoy the show!

Report back here on what this prank unfolded, add any idea or comment.

PS: We won’t bale you out of jail though!

Google TiSP FREE in-home wireless broadband service April Fools Prank 2007

Another hiilarious April Fools Prank by Google was played in 2007. Google claimed to offer free broadband service with all hardware and installation kits free.

When studying the material (nicely done!) you'll crack up!
"Google TiSP (BETA) is a fully functional, end-to-end system that provides in-home wireless access by connecting your commode-based TiSP wireless router to one of thousands of TiSP Access Nodes via fiber-optic cable strung through your local municipal sewage lines."

Installation instructions elaborate on the "freely delivered" installation kit to be used in your toilet. There is even an Enterprise Version:

"We're actively developing a higher-performance version of TiSP specifically tailored to small and medium-sized businesses, including 24-hour, on-site technical support in the event of backup problems, brownouts and data wipes."

AAA+++ April Fools, see it here.

Google G.C.H.E.E.S.E. Lunar Base - Moon Experiment Center April Fools Prank
In 2006 Google played a wonderful prank on their audience (should we say "followers"?).

In great detail they explaimed plans to open the so called Googlunarplex in Spring 2007.

"The Googlunaplex will house 35 engineers, 27,000 low cost web servers, 2 massage therapists and a sushi chef formerly employed by the pop group Hanson."


They went into great detail, including technical scripts, sketches and blueprints.

"The first non-trivial challenge is building a lunar base. Google began drawing up plans for the construction of a lunar facility in the Copernicus Crater early in 1998, when the company's founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin were still graduate students at Stanford University.
Applying a Patel extrapolation to Rosing linear projections, Page and Brin predicted that every man, woman and child on earth would be conducting at least seven searches a day by the year 2018.

While their projections correctly predicted random spikes in search traffic due to wardrobe malfunctions, they failed to adequately factor in the hyperbolic trajectory of Britney Spears, which accelerated the rate of global search growth by a factor of seven."