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Russia: April Fool's Online Pranks

Although the beginning of the week has been marked by the disaster and grief [RUS], Russian bloggers and computer geeks tried to leave some place in their lives for a smile. Below are few of the pranks proposed by bloggers and several software companies.

Blogger Smoking Observer published the photo of the new “Stealth” tank named T-90 “Ghost”:

T-90 "Ghost", collage by Smoking Observer

T-90 "Ghost", collage by Smoking Observer

Russian leading search engine Yandex turned all the images in its images search upside down. Some bloggers thought [RUS] it was a browser's bug, however the date of the unusual “feature” spoke for itself.

Yandex upside-down pictures, screenshot by Pchel

Yandex upside-down pictures, screenshot by Pchel

Software company ABBYY that specializes in electronic translation services announced [RUS] that it was going to include a Na'vi language dictionary in the next release supporting the announcement with the Na'vi-like picture of one of the top-managers:

Naavi-like picture of Alexander Rylov, photo by ABBYY

Naavi-like picture of Alexander Rylov, photo by ABBYY

Popular humor portal bash.org.ru changed its interface to Empire-Russian language (the style of writing existed before 1917):

Bashorg Empire-Russian interface, screenshot by Mithgol

Bashorg Empire-Russian interface, screenshot by Mithgol

Initial mistakes in the old-Russian orthography provoked a lengthy discussion [RUS] among bloggers.

Israelinfo.ru, a Russian-speaking Israeli portal, posted info [RUS] on the upcoming e-mail tax, proposed by Knesset.

But the most influential (and most make-believe) was a prank by popular portal “Novy Region” with the photo of missile launcher S-300 stuck in the puddle of mud:

S-300 in the puddle of mud, collage by Novy Region

S-300 in the puddle of mud, collage by Novy Region

4 comments

  • Nice jokes you had over there in Russia. In Germany, the reliable news website tagesschau.de had an article about the final IPv4 addresses being distributed and ICANN shutting down their root servers for one day to make people switch from IPv4 to IPv6. They even created an interview with some other guy.

    They also had a video with older April Fool’s jokes. E.g. BCC has shown a video of spaghetti-trees on some island, because spaghetti were rare in Britain that time (people then asked where to get these trees). Last year, the Swiss Tourism Association said that bird droppings destroyed the Alpes and some people really went to the mountains to clean the rocks.

  • The Esperanto enthusiasts at http://www.lernu.net announce that it had given up on teaching Esperanto, and would use English instead :)

    Some chance !

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