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01.04.2006 Saturday - April Fools

1st April. In many countries this is the day of "Jokes". "Prima Aprilis: uwazaj bo sie pomylisz".. which is in Polish and means "1 April, be careful because you might be wrong". "April Fools" and "Pesce d'Aprile". The (net-)jokes already started.

Heh.. after you read some of them, all the of the web starts to look like a joke :D

An Insightful post on slashdot stated:

Try date -u and you will see that it is in fact April Fool's Day.

Note that April Fool's Day, as defined by the International April Pranksters Association, goes by UTC, not by local time zones. Because IAPA is not widely recognized as an international standards body and many people's problems to understand time zones, this has led to some problems since its introduction in 2002. It is especially uncertain for regional publications, which are reluctant to adopt the new standard because they fear to irritate their audience. One example is the Hubsborough Gazette, which famously spread confusion on the evening of March 31st, 2004 (EST) when an article claiming that aliens have attacked the Whitehouse appeared on their website. Despite the seemingly obvious nature of the hoax, many believed it and called the authorities or local clergery for guidance. One family even is reported to have spent two weeks in their backyard bunker. Since then, the editor has announced that they will only publish April Fool's articles during the hours when April 1st of their local time zone and UTC overlap, and take down articles afterwards. Many publications have followed their example in the following years.

The guys from Centrica fooled me about bex2 emitting all zero size output... that would be a problem. It is a 1st April joke..isn't it ? :D

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