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April Fools Day

Posted by admin On April - 2 - 2012

With BGG being down all weekend, and returning on April 1st a tad bit slow, we decided to skip adding to any April Fools aggravation… even though we here at BOP love April Fools! But there was enough funny going around yesterday, in between the Hungry, Hungry Hippos for the iPad from ThinkGeek and Spooning with BitBucket, there were some real chuckle worthy pranks going around the internet. Here were some of BOP’s favorites!

Of course, this is a board game blog so lets start with one of my favorites, an “enthusiastic” board game review of monopoly posted on the Geek by Guy Jacobson!

IKEA’s product recall:

“ThinkGeeks Technomancer Digital Wizard Hoodie - For the budding spellcaster”

From ThinkGeek: Wild Mage. Wizard. Sorcerer. Illusionist. Enchanter. Invoker. Necromancer. There are so many words to describe people who wield magical powers. We have one word: badass. Let’s look at your average adventuring party: The fighter swings her greatsword, cleaving through two orcs. Sweet. The rogue pops out of the shadows, backstabbing the hobgoblin. Nice! The ranger fires an arrow through the throat of The Bandit King, right in the middle of his monologue. Love it. The cleric is adept with both a mace and a bandage. Phew! But the wizard sets entire battlefields on fire without so much a singe on his velvet robes.

You have the Will to be a spellcaster in real life, and ThinkGeek is here like a wizened oracle to deliver you the way. Introducing the Technomancer Digital Wizard Hoodie. Donning this unique garment will transform you into a powerful mage ready to blast off spells at a moment’s notice. The sleeves of the Technomancer contain dual accelerometers which sense the movements of your hands. Move them in one of the pre-programmed spell sequences and the sleeves of the hoodie light from within, the internal speaker booms, and the hood illuminates your face in an eerie glow.

Of course, a seasoned wizard has a variety of spells in their repertoire. The Technomancer Hoodie offers ten different spells including fireball, healing, and lightning bolt (lightning bolt, lightning bolt!). Each spell is accompanied by unique light and sound effects powered by the embedded speaker and over two dozen bright multicolored LEDs. Of course, you’ll have to train daily to learn the right sequence of movements to cast each spell. We hear the College of Winterhold is accepting applications.

Product Specifications

  • Transform yourself into a powerful mage with this hoodie
  • Dual accelerometers in the sleeves sense your hand movements
  • Move your hands in the right sequence to cast a specific spell
  • Internal speakers will create the spellcasting sound effects
  • LEDs in the hood and sleeves light up with the appropriate color
  • Ten different spells including: fireball, healing, and lightning bolt
  • Illustrated directions included to teach you the movements for each spell
  • Patent pending technology designed by ThinkGeek
  • Machine Washable: Electronic components can be removed for washing



My husband is a big fan of cats and we were up late on March 31st playing board games and just before bed he logged onto his computer to check somethings online and started cracking up at his new “adblock cat ads,” we of course didn’t realize that it was actually April 1st, so we were successfully fooled :o) And now hes’a an advocate of Catblock.  Adblock becomes Catblock: It’s an April Fool’s prank so good that users are working to make sure that it sticks around all year long: Adblock, the popular download that removes advertising scripts on certain pages, replaced those blank spaces with cat pictures on April 1. Adblock’s blog, which describes the prank in LOLspeak, notes that if people donate money to support programming costs, Catblock can become a real product — great news for anyone who thinks that the Internet doesn’t have enough pictures of cats.

And lastly,

Googles 8-bit maps

Google Maps Quest, a retro 8-bit version of its mapping tool, you could test it out in Google Maps online, but an at home version is soon to become available!