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For the last few years, many changes have been made to the wiki on [[Wikipedia:April Fools' Day|April Fools' Day]]. This page hopes to document the changes throughout the years. For 2006, there's the obvious WikkiTikkiTavi styling, and the <span class="plainlinks">[http://www.hrwiki.org/index.php?title=HRWiki:April_Fools%27_2006_Main_Page&useskin=tavistyle redesigned Main Page]</span>, on 2007 CAPTCHA for everybody (sysops too) and the fake message saying the wiki had been shut down, for 2008 the jumbled text on all the pages, and for 2009 the Homestar Runner-related ads. But what about the rest of the hi-larious pranks that happened? This page hopes to document them as well.
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For the last few years, many changes have been made to the wiki on [[Wikipedia:April Fools' Day|April Fools' Day]]. This page hopes to document the changes throughout the years. For 2006, there's the obvious WikkiTikkiTavi styling and the redesigned Main Page, on 2007 CAPTCHA for everybody (sysops included) and the fake message saying the wiki had been shut down, for 2008 the jumbled text on all the pages, for 2009 the Homestar Runner-related ads, for 2010 the renaming of the wiki and the automatic changing of users' signatures to a Homestar Runner character's nickname, for 2011 and 2012 and since 2014 the animated logo, and for 2013 the random link redirection. But what about the rest of the hi-larious pranks that happened? This page hopes to document them as well.
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*[[HRWiki:Main_Page_Talk_Archive_11#WikkiTikkiTavi|Mass public outcry]]
*[[HRWiki:Main_Page_Talk_Archive_11#WikkiTikkiTavi|Mass public outcry]]
*[[HRWiki:A History]] <span class="plainlinks">[http://www.hrwiki.org/index.php?title=HRWiki:A_History&oldid=299099#Back_to_WikkiTikkiTavi modified]</span> to reflect the downgrade
*[[HRWiki:A History]] <span class="plainlinks">[http://www.hrwiki.org/index.php?title=HRWiki:A_History&oldid=299099#Back_to_WikkiTikkiTavi modified]</span> to reflect the downgrade
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*There was sufficient demand ''after'' April 1 that the TaviStyle skin was made a permanent choice in the user [[Special:Preferences|preferences]]. As of April 2, 2008, 43 users have the option selected in their preferences, about a third of whom have visited the wiki within the last year.
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*There was sufficient demand ''after'' April 1 that the TaviStyle skin was made a permanent choice in the user [[Special:Preferences|preferences]].
====Related====
====Related====
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**{{p|l={{fullurl:User:Kilroy|oldid=298636}} Rewrote his userpage}} in 'Tavi formatting asking why he couldn't log in as Mr. Strong Bad (his user name on the old wiki).
**{{p|l={{fullurl:User:Kilroy|oldid=298636}} Rewrote his userpage}} in 'Tavi formatting asking why he couldn't log in as Mr. Strong Bad (his user name on the old wiki).
*[[User:Lapper|Lapper]] and [[User:Rogue Leader|Rogue Leader]]
*[[User:Lapper|Lapper]] and [[User:Rogue Leader|Rogue Leader]]
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**Switched signatures to link to each other's/other users' userpages while keeping the CSS intact. ''See {{p|l={{fullurl:User:Lapper/sig|oldid=298676}} Lapper's sig}}; {{p|l={{fullurl:User:Rogue Leader/sig|oldid=298515}} Rogue Leader's sig}}.''
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**Switched signatures to link to each other's/other users' userpages while keeping the CSS intact. ''See {{p|l={{fullurl:User:Lapper/sig|oldid=298505}} Lapper's sig}}; {{p|l={{fullurl:User:Rogue Leader/sig|oldid=298515}} Rogue Leader's sig}}.''
*[[User:LePorello|LePorello]]
*[[User:LePorello|LePorello]]
**{{p|l={{fullurl:User:LePorello/sig|oldid=298954}} Changed his sig}} for part of the day.
**{{p|l={{fullurl:User:LePorello/sig|oldid=298954}} Changed his sig}} for part of the day.
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**Changed sig to {{p|l={{fullurl:User:The thing/sig|oldid=298459}} Some Thingy}}, {{p|l={{fullurl:User:The thing/sig|oldid=298459}} Teh Blue Guy}}, and {{p|l={{fullurl:User:The thing/sig|oldid=298534}} Dr. Who?}}.
**Changed sig to {{p|l={{fullurl:User:The thing/sig|oldid=298459}} Some Thingy}}, {{p|l={{fullurl:User:The thing/sig|oldid=298459}} Teh Blue Guy}}, and {{p|l={{fullurl:User:The thing/sig|oldid=298534}} Dr. Who?}}.
*[[User:Thunderbird L17|Thunderbird]]
*[[User:Thunderbird L17|Thunderbird]]
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**{{p|l={{fullurl:User talk:Thunderbird L17|oldid=298121#Wiki}} Sig changed}} to one spelling Thunderbird in readable but strange characters.
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**{{p|l={{fullurl:User talk:Thunderbird L17|oldid=298121#Wiki}} Sig changed}} to one spelling "Thunderbird" in readable but strange characters.
**Userpage "Fact of the Week" an obvious falsehood (saved a busload of nuns from crashing into a busload of puppies), and User page image flipped upside down.
**Userpage "Fact of the Week" an obvious falsehood (saved a busload of nuns from crashing into a busload of puppies), and User page image flipped upside down.
*[[User:Venusy|Venusy]]
*[[User:Venusy|Venusy]]
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*[[User:Venusy|Venusy]]
*[[User:Venusy|Venusy]]
**{{p|l={{fullurl:User:Venusy|oldid=438095}} User page converted}} to [[Wikipedia:ROT13|ROT13]].
**{{p|l={{fullurl:User:Venusy|oldid=438095}} User page converted}} to [[Wikipedia:ROT13|ROT13]].
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**Changed "favorite [[Strong Bad Email]]", "[[Games]] on H*R", and "[[Wikipedia:video game|video game]]s ever" to "[[tape-leg]]", "[[She Loves Me!]]", and "[[Wikipedia:Bubsy#Bubsy 3D: Furbitten Planet|Bubsy 3D]] and "[[Wikipedia:Big Rigs: Over the Road Racing|Big Rigs: Over the Road Racing]]" respectively, all widely considered the worst in their respective fields.
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**Changed "favorite [[Strong Bad Email]]", "[[Games]] on H*R", and "[[Wikipedia:video game|video game]]s ever" to "[[tape-leg]]", "[[She Loves Me!]]", and "[[Wikipedia:Bubsy#Bubsy 3D: Furbitten Planet|Bubsy 3D]]" and "[[Wikipedia:Big Rigs: Over the Road Racing|Big Rigs: Over the Road Racing]]" respectively, all widely considered the worst in their respective fields.
**{{p|l={{fullurl:User:Venusy/Sig|oldid=438101}} 1337-ized sig}}.
**{{p|l={{fullurl:User:Venusy/Sig|oldid=438101}} 1337-ized sig}}.
**Replaced talk page with automatically generated complaints, including one that erroneously claimed his title as Prof. Venusy (see [[Wikipedia:Essjay controversy|Essjay controversy]]).
**Replaced talk page with automatically generated complaints, including one that erroneously claimed his title as Prof. Venusy (see [[Wikipedia:Essjay controversy|Essjay controversy]]).
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===Main===
===Main===
*There were [[HRWiki:April Fools' 2009 Ads|ads for Homestar Runner products]] at the top of each page with the note "Ads by [[Bookazon]]".
*There were [[HRWiki:April Fools' 2009 Ads|ads for Homestar Runner products]] at the top of each page with the note "Ads by [[Bookazon]]".
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*The font color of all of the text on the forum was changed to match the background (in most cases white) to make everything invisible. The text could only be read by highlighting it.
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*The font color of all of the text on the forum was changed to match the background (in most cases white) to make everything invisible. The text could only be read by highlighting it. Homestar kept his eyes shut and just [[Homestar Peeking|peeked]] occasionally.
*A message was posted on the fanstuff wiki saying that due to lack of funds, it would never be reopened.
*A message was posted on the fanstuff wiki saying that due to lack of funds, it would never be reopened.
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*[[User:Dagoth|Dagoth]]
*[[User:Dagoth|Dagoth]]
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**{{p|l={{fullurl:User talk:Dagoth|oldid=639638}} Took all the vowels}} out of his talk page.
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**Took all the vowels out of his talk page.
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**{{p|l={{fullurl:User:Dagoth|oldid=639632}} Redirected his user page}} to the [[Wikipedia:Esm&eacute; Squalor|Wikipedia article about Esm&eacute; Squalor]].
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**Redirected his user page to the [[Wikipedia:Esm&eacute; Squalor|Wikipedia article about Esm&eacute; Squalor]].
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**{{p|l={{fullurl:User:Dagoth/sig|oldid=639634}} Reversed his sig}}.
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**Reversed his sig.
*[[User:DeFender1031|DeFender1031]]
*[[User:DeFender1031|DeFender1031]]
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*[[User:MichaelXX2|MichaelXX2]]
*[[User:MichaelXX2|MichaelXX2]]
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**{{p|l={{fullurl:User:MichaelXX2|oldid=639573}} Changed his user page}} to look glitchy and poorly written.
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**{{p|l={{fullurl:User:MichaelXX2|oldid=639573}} Changed his user page}} to look glitchy and poorly written, just as [[User:Bluebry|Bluebry]] had done two years earlier.
**{{p|l={{fullurl:User:MichaelXX2/sig|oldid=639549}} Replaced his sig}} with random letters and colors, which linked to various articles.
**{{p|l={{fullurl:User:MichaelXX2/sig|oldid=639549}} Replaced his sig}} with random letters and colors, which linked to various articles.
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**{{p|l={{fullurl:User:Super Martyo Brother/sig|oldid=639563}} Changed his sig}} to "Optim Foolyo". (see below).
**{{p|l={{fullurl:User:Super Martyo Brother/sig|oldid=639563}} Changed his sig}} to "Optim Foolyo". (see below).
**Changed his [[HRWiki:IRC channel|IRC]] nickname to OptimFoolyo for the entire day.
**Changed his [[HRWiki:IRC channel|IRC]] nickname to OptimFoolyo for the entire day.
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*[[User:The Knights Who Say Ni|The Knights Who Say Ni]]
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**Made an {{p|l={{fullurl:User:The Knights Who Say Ni/sig|oldid=639682}} extremely long version of his sig}}, which quoted dialogue from ''Monty Python and the Holy Grail'' and also linked to various articles on the wiki.
*[[User:The thing|The thing]]
*[[User:The thing|The thing]]
**{{p|l={{fullurl:User:The thing|oldid=639796}} Claimed}} that he was on the run from the Government.
**{{p|l={{fullurl:User:The thing|oldid=639796}} Claimed}} that he was on the run from the Government.
**Deliberately {{p|l={{fullurl:User:The thing/sig|oldid=639798}} broke his sig}}.
**Deliberately {{p|l={{fullurl:User:The thing/sig|oldid=639798}} broke his sig}}.
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*[[User:The Knights Who Say Ni|The Knights Who Say Ni]]
 
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**Made an {{p|l={{fullurl:User:The Knights Who Say Ni/sig|oldid=639682}} extremely long version of his sig}}, which quoted dialogue from ''Monty Python and the Holy Grail'' and also linked to various articles on the wiki.
 
*[[User:Wbwolf|Wbwolf]]
*[[User:Wbwolf|Wbwolf]]
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==April Fools' 2010==
==April Fools' 2010==
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===Main===
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<div style="float:right; margin:1em 0 0 2em">http://www.hrwiki.org/w/skins/common/images/wiki-dumb.gif</div>
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*The wiki's official name was changed to the '''[[Dumb Animal Characters]] Wiki''', with the {{p|l=http://hrwiki.org/w/index.php?title=Main_Page&oldid=697126 main page}} and logo edited to reflect the change.
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*If you tried to change your signature, the system would automatically change it instead to a random nickname from the list below, which came from one of the [[Strong Bad Emails]] or the [[Nicknames]] page (bold entries were chosen by the system at some point during the day):
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:<blockquote style="font-size:smaller">Baron von Flexmypecs, Clever Dan, Cornbread, Crapface, '''Dead Guy Perez''', DJ Dumpy Dump, Doodieman, Dumbname, Dumpface, Dumpus, Elizagerth, Genghis Khan't, Helvetica, '''Meatball Face Butt''', Miss America, '''Miss July''', Mr. Nobody, '''Mr. Prancy-time''', Mr. Smarty-Spots, Ol' Bone Legged, Ol' Butt Patterson, Ol' Dumps, '''Prancibald''', '''Rondleman''', Rotting-Dragonsmith, Sir Dumpenheimer, Strong Mad's Girlfriend, That Freakin' Marshmallow, That Stupid Wheelchair Kid, '''The Dapper Swindler''', The Elephant Man, The Human Grate-On-My-Nerves, '''The Human Wedgie''', '''The King of the Dregs''', The Over-Achiever Bandit, The Queen of Pay-Per-View, '''This Little Weirdo''', '''Valerie''', '''Weird Snake Joe''', '''Wiggidy-wiener''', '''Worldwide Starlet'''</blockquote>
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*Signatures were in the form: [[Special:Mypage|<span style="color:#BF00FF">Clever Dan</span>]] <small>([[Special:Mytalk|<span style="color:#008000">Talk</span>]])</small>. The colors were chosen at random from a list that included [[Fortune Cookies#Right cookie|yellow]] and white.
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*If you tried to change your signature a second time, you were presented with a fake edit conflict preventing it. (This was for system performance reasons more than to be funny, so that ideally each signature template would not be edited more than once during the day.)
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*If you tried to change your preferences, it would result in a message of "Meh, your preferences are probably fine and you shouldn't change them" to prevent you from pointing to a different signature page in your preferences.
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*Everyone except developers lost the rights to create pages or move subpages, to avoid the creation of alternate signature pages. (This had the side effect of preventing uploads.)
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<div style="float:right; margin-left:2em">http://forum.hrwiki.org/styles/subsilver2/imageset/site_logo_apr1_2010.gif</div>
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*The forum was changed to the H. Star Forum: A companion to the Dumb Animal Characters Wiki. Names and descriptions of the various subforums were tweaked, and [[Xeriouxly Forxe Character Variations#H. Star|H. Star]] was shown as seen in [[Xeriouxly Forxe]].
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===Users===
===Users===
*[[User:Bad Bad Guy|Bad Bad Guy]]
*[[User:Bad Bad Guy|Bad Bad Guy]]
**Inspired by the sight of his signature automatically becoming "Worldwide Starlet," {{p|l={{fullurl:User:Bad_Bad_Guy|oldid=697311}} revised User Page intro}} to include Valspeak.
**Inspired by the sight of his signature automatically becoming "Worldwide Starlet," {{p|l={{fullurl:User:Bad_Bad_Guy|oldid=697311}} revised User Page intro}} to include Valspeak.
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*[[User:ColdReactive|ColdReactive]]
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**Complete overhaul of {{p|l={{fullurl:User:ColdReactive|oldid=696964}} user page}}, {{p|l={{fullurl:User:ColdReactive|oldid=696960}} signature}}, navigation and abandoned a [[:File:WhiteKnightHomestar.JPG|personal image]] purposely for the holiday. The theme used for this was based on a popular [[Wikipedia:Bullet hell|bullet hell]] game called [[Wikipedia:Touhou|Touhou]], as indicated by an image provided on the page.
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*[[User:Color Printer|Color Printer]]
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**Facts on user page were all {{p|l={{fullurl:User:Color Printer|oldid=697083}} changed to falsehoods}}. Most of the facts now said the opposite of the truth.
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**He later {{p|l={{fullurl:User:Color Printer|oldid=697484}} whited the font on the page}} and an "error message" was visible.
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* [[User:Dagoth|Dagoth]]
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**Replaced his user page with a part of the transcript of the movie [[Wikipedia:Pi (film)|Pi]], a giant [[Wikipedia:Postal 2|POSTAL<sup>2</sup>]] poster, and the words "Hey, [[Wikipedia:Maryse Ouellet|Maryse!]] Where ya been all my life?".
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**Replaced all instances of the letter Y with the Dutch letter [[Wikipedia:IJ (digraph)|IJ]] on his talk page.
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**Replaced his signature with a giant POSTAL2 logo. He tried to fix it at one point, but it turned into the Miss July one, which required intervention from [[User:It's dot com|It's dot com]].
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*[[User:Fangoriously|Fangoriously]]
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**{{p|l={{fullurl:User:Fangoriously|oldid=696976}} User page re-written}} in the style of typical newbish users'.
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**{{p|l={{fullurl:User:Fangoriously/SIGGY HERE!|oldid=696977}} Signature}} changed to read, "May I please use the compyuter?"
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*[[User:Jay|Jay]]
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**Changed user page to a false [[Strong Bad Email]] transcript called {{p|l={{fullurl:User:Jay|oldid=697274}} "election day"}}. Most of the links on the "election day" page were misleading (for instance, "Strong Bad" in the cast list led to "Strong Mad", and a Wikipedia link reading "G.I. Joe" instead linked to "Kim Possible".) For reference, "election day" was previously written as a failed attempt at an April Fools' Day gag in 2007.
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*[[User:Movie magic man|Movie magic man]]
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**{{p|l={{fullurl:User:Movie magic man|oldid=697011}} User page changed}} to appear as though there was no content.
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**{{p|l={{fullurl:User:Movie magic man|oldid=697038}} Talk page appeared}} as though it were the talk page of a deleted article.
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*[[User:Religious Corn|Religious Corn]]
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**Changed all character quotes {{p|l={{fullurl:User:Religious_Corn|oldid=697370}} to Homsar quotes}}.
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*[[User:RickTommy|RickTommy]]
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**{{p|l={{fullurl:User:RickTommy|oldid=697028}} Changed user page}} into deliberately poor [[French]], and {{p|l={{fullurl:User:RickTommy|oldid=697194}} added the first line}} that each main character ever spoke to the bottom of user page.
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**{{p|l={{fullurl:User:RickTommy/sig|oldid=697030}} Tried}} to change his signature to an image of one of [[User:Heimstern Läufer|Heimstern Läufer]]'s comments, but it was automatically changed.
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*[[User:SamuelGuy10|SamuelGuy10]]
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**{{p|l={{fullurl:User:SamuelGuy10|oldid=697081}} Changed his user page}} to say we can't deny that he doesn't exist.
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**{{p|l={{fullurl:User talk:SamuelGuy10|oldid=697082}} Changed his talk page}} to say, "No more please you are hurting my family".
*[[User:Shine Sprite|Shine Sprite]]
*[[User:Shine Sprite|Shine Sprite]]
**{{p|l={{fullurl:User:Shine Sprite|oldid=697043}} Replaced every character on his user page}} with a "?", to make it appear as though he was using a font that the user viewing did not have installed on his computer.
**{{p|l={{fullurl:User:Shine Sprite|oldid=697043}} Replaced every character on his user page}} with a "?", to make it appear as though he was using a font that the user viewing did not have installed on his computer.
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*[[User:Religious Corn|Religious Corn]]
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*[[User:StrongAwesome74|StrongAwesome74]]
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**Changed all character quotes {{p|l={{fullurl:User:Religious_Corn&oldid=697370}} to Homsar quotes}}.
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**{{p|l={{fullurl:User:StrongAwesome74/sig|oldid=697027}} Attempted}} to break signature so all following text would appear white, but failed.
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*[[User:Super Martyo Brother|Super Martyo Brother]]
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**Changed his user page to a short paragraph in Japanese about a {{p|l={{fullurl:User:Super_Martyo_Brother|oldid=697386}} boy named Jiro}}, which was followed by a picture of the user holding a sign that read "I AM MAKING A JOKE".
*[[User:That'sBupkis|That'sBupkis]]
*[[User:That'sBupkis|That'sBupkis]]
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**All userpage content turned into MediaWiki Syntax, and signature linked to random page.
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**All user page content {{p|l={{fullurl:User:That'sBupkis|oldid=697026}} turned into MediaWiki Syntax}}, and signature linked to [[Special:Random|the random page function]].
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*[[User:The Knights Who Say Ni|The Knights Who Say Ni]]
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**{{p|l={{fullurl:User:The Knights Who Say Ni|oldid=697191}} Changed user page}} to make it look as though it had been vandalized by Lumpy.
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*[[User:The thing|The thing]]
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**Made user page {{p|l={{fullurl:User:The_thing|oldid=697278}} say that he was "EXTRAPERMANENTLY BLOCKED". }}
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**{{p|l={{fullurl:User:The_thing/sig|oldid=697049}} Attempted}} to change sig to "Barack Obama" but it was automatically changed.
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*[[User:YK|YK]]
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**{{p|l={{fullurl:User:YK|oldid=697378}} Replaced user page}} with the entirety of the [[Cheese]] page.
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==April Fools' 2011==
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===Main===
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*Homestar was much more animated than usual. Sometimes he would appear upside-down and then fall from the top. Other times he'd peek in from the corners. Occasionally he'd be missing altogether. From time to time he'd say "Boring!" or, after looking around, say "Um... what's going on here?" These actions repeated randomly.
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===Users===
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*[[User:ColdReactive|ColdReactive]]
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**Changed his {{p|l={{fullurl:User:ColdReactive/sig&oldid=719442}} signature}} and {{p|l={{fullurl:User:ColdReactive|oldid=719443}} user page}} to act as if he was taking census for the HRWiki users, although no one had turned theirs in on his [[User talk:ColdReactive#Census for 2011|talk page]].
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*[[User:Dagoth|Dagoth]]
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**Changed his user page to say it was bought out by Australian rock band [[Wikipedia:TISM|TISM]].
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**Changed his talk page to various wiki warning templates.
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*[[User:Heimstern Läufer|Heimstern Läufer]]
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**{{p|l={{fullurl:User:Heimstern Läufer&oldid=719651}} Changed his user page}} to read "poop lol".
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*[[User:Homestar-Winner|Homestar-Winner]]
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**Replaced his {{p|l={{fullurl:User:Homestar-Winner&oldid=719684}} user page}} with an [[:File:Whatsit Blob.PNG|image of Whatsit]], increased to 1000px.
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*[[User:Jay|Jay]]
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**Changed his {{p|l={{fullurl:User:Jay/sig&oldid=719670}} signature}} to look as though it was various Homestar-related quotes, including three from fanmade emails, and one from his video game "Jay's Journey". Full list [[User talk:Jay#2011_April_Fool_Explanations|here]].
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**Changed his {{p|l={{fullurl:User:Jay&oldid=719675}} user page}} to repeatedly refer to "talking kitties", the obsession of Max of Jay's Journey.
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*[[User:JCM|JCM]]
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**Changed his {{p|l={{fullurl:User:JCM/sig&oldid=719720}} signature}} to look like [[User:It's dot com|It's dot com]]'s.
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**Changed his {{p|l={{fullurl:User:JCM&oldid=719724}} userpage}} to its first, disturbingly cheesy revision.
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*[[User:MichaelXX2|MichaelXX2]]
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**Changed {{p|l={{fullurl:User:MichaelXX2&oldid=719694}} every}} {{p|l={{fullurl:User_talk:MichaelXX2&oldid=719725}} single}} {{p|l={{fullurl:User:MichaelXX2/Archives&oldid=719657}} one}} {{p|l={{fullurl:User:MichaelXX2/sig&oldid=719662}} of}} {{p|l={{fullurl:User:MichaelXX2/Awards&oldid=719664}} his}} {{p|l={{fullurl:User:MichaelXX2/nav&oldid=719658}} pages}} to have various screenshots from the [[Wikipedia:My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic|My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic]] TV show and Moonbase Alpha meme quotes, the most infamous one including a very intrusive signature that lasted throughout the majority of the day.
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*[[User:Power Pie|Power Pie]]
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**Translated both her {{p|l={{fullurl:User:Power Pie&oldid=719702}} userpage}} and her {{p|l={{fullurl:User_talk:Power Pie&oldid=719703}} talk page}} into binary.
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*[[User:Purple Wrench|Purple Wrench]]
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**{{p|l={{fullurl:User:Purple Wrench&oldid=719633}} Changed his user page}} to a very large version of the "Potatoes" poster from [[pet show]]. Clicking on it gave a YouTube link to [[pet show]] starting at the appropriate time.
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**{{p|l={{fullurl:User:Purple Wrench/sig&oldid=719638}} Changed his signature}} to the same Potatoes poster, except that it fit inside the sig box.
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**{{p|l={{fullurl:User talk:Purple Wrench&oldid=719635}} Replaced his talk page}} with the above signature duplicated almost 500 times. However, this has been invisible since the signature was reverted. Because he used <nowiki>{{User:Purple Wrench/sig}}</nowiki> in his talk page, any attempt to view it now results in seeing his current signature instead of the "Potatoes" signature.
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*[[User:RickTommy|RickTommy]]
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**Changed his {{p|l={{fullurl:User:RickTommy&oldid=719665}} user page}} to look as though it had been vandalized by several different infamous wiki vandals, then included his entire talk history about being blocked across Wikipedia and HRWiki.
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**Changed his {{p|l={{fullurl:User talk:RickTommy&oldid=719666}} talk page}} to look as though 311 different wiki users (he named the first 111<!--not including Willy on Wheels and Lumpy-->, then said "200 more") agreed that he should be taken down, so [[User:It's dot com|It's dot com]] had done it.
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**Inspired by [[User:Jay|Jay]]'s signature prank two years earlier, RickTommy {{p|l={{fullurl:User:RickTommy/sig&oldid=719680}} spoofed the aforementioned 111 users' signatures}}, with a random selection of each one.
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*[[User:SamuelGuy10|SamuelGuy10]]
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**Just as The Knights Who Say Ni had done a year earlier, he {{p|l={{fullurl:User:SamuelGuy10&oldid=719644}} changed his user page}} to make it look like it had been vandalized by Lumpy.
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**{{p|l={{fullurl:User:SamuelGuy10/sig&oldid=719643}} Changed his signature}} to read "<s>Backwards G</s>".
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*[[User:Super Martyo Brother|Super Martyo Brother]]
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**{{p|l={{fullurl:User:Super Martyo Brother&oldid=719652}} Made his user page}} look as though something had happened to it.
 +
**{{p|l={{fullurl:User:Super Martyo Brother/sig&oldid=719650}} Changed his signature}} to read, "Thissss issss my sssssignature".
 +
*[[User:The Knights Who Say Ni|The Knights Who Say Ni]]
 +
**{{p|l={{fullurl:User:The Knights Who Say Ni&oldid=719659}} Replaced his user page}} with information borrowed from the [[Wikipedia:Knights who say Ni|Wikipedia article about The Knights Who Say Ni]], and linked to random Wikipedia or HRWiki pages wherever there was already a link.
 +
**Inspired by a slightly condescending remark about crying by It's dot com a year earlier, he {{p|l={{fullurl:User:The Knights Who Say Ni/sig&oldid=719645}} changed his signature}} to a picture of [[Li'l Brudder]] with his famous line, "I can make it on my own!"
 +
*[[User:The_thing|The thing]]
 +
**Changed his {{p|l={{fullurl:User:The_thing|oldid=719700}} userpage}} to the first chapter of "The White Linen Nurse" by Eleanor Hallowell Abbott.
 +
**Also changed his {{p|l={{fullurl:User:The_thing/sig|oldid=719701}} signature}} to white text saying "Nothing".
 +
 
 +
==April Fools' 2012==
 +
===Main===
 +
*Repeat of 2011.
 +
 
 +
===Users===
 +
*[[User:ColdReactive|ColdReactive]]
 +
**Changed his {{p|l={{fullurl:User:ColdReactive/sig&oldid=729867}} signature}} and {{p|l={{fullurl:User:ColdReactive|oldid=729910}} user page}} to base64 and hex variants of the originals, respectively.
 +
*[[User:Color Printer|Color Printer]]
 +
**Claimed he had a printer error on his {{p|l={{fullurl:User:Color Printer&oldid=730004}} user page}}.
 +
*[[User:Gfdgsgxgzgdrc|Gfdgsgxgzgdrc]]
 +
**Changed his {{p|l={{fullurl:User:Gfdgsgxgzgdrc&oldid=729959}} user page}} so all the text was written backwards. He also changed all the image descriptions to say "The Homsar", and changed all the quotes to Homsar, Senor Cardgage, and Drive-Thru Whale quotes.
 +
**Changed his {{p|l={{fullurl:User:Gfdgsgxgzgdrc&oldid=729973}} signature}} to read "some guy" written upside-down, also changing the words that linked to his other pages.
 +
*[[User:Jay|Jay]]
 +
**Changed his {{p|l={{fullurl:User:Jay&oldid=730008}} user page}} to say a bunch of technically entirely true, but ultimately entirely pointless, phrases, ending with a slight alteration of Mrs. Tompkinsrobotmomerson's similarly useless line from [[Teen Girl Squad Issue 13]].
 +
**Changed his {{p|l={{fullurl:User:Jay/sig&oldid=730009}} signature}} to simply read "A user".
 +
*[[User:RickTommy|RickTommy]]
 +
**Replaced his {{p|l={{fullurl:User:RickTommy&oldid=730047}} user page}} with several Yoshi-related pictures.
 +
**Removed his {{p|l={{fullurl:User talk:RickTommy/Archive&oldid=730014}} talk archive}}.
 +
**Replaced his {{p|l={{fullurl:User:RickTommy/Featured articles&oldid=730015}} Featured Articles list}} with a condescending note about the Featured Articles.
 +
**Added a lengthy STUFF discussion to the top of his {{p|l={{fullurl:User talk:RickTommy&oldid=730019}} talk page}} about whether or not Yoshi can talk, then changed the name beside every existing signature in his talk page to [[User:That'sBupkis|That'sBupkis]]'s.
 +
**Changed his {{p|l={{fullurl:User:RickTommy/sig&oldid=729874}} signature}} to read, ""Yoshi! Yoshi!" "'Cause that's totally the way I talk."" with a picture of a Yoshi sprite at the end, and the last sentence linking to [[fan club]], the toon where a similar line comes from.
 +
*[[User:SamuelGuy10|SamuelGuy10]]
 +
**Inspired by a vandal attack that occurred just before April Fools', he wrote on his user page a sentence contradictory to the one the vandal repeatedly wrote, repeated several times.
 +
*[[User:Super Martyo Brother|Super Martyo Brother]]
 +
**Changed his {{p|l={{fullurl:User:Super Martyo Brother&oldid=730011}} user page}} to display one of five phrases, then added a picture from "My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic" of a dark unicorn eating an apple. This was alongside the phrase, "Thou Furious?"
 +
**Changed his {{p|l={{fullurl:User:Super Martyo Brother/sig&oldid=730012}} signature}} to read, "I HAVE SPOKEN! don't question my methods!"
 +
*[[User:Tenerence Love|Tenerence Love]]
 +
**Replaced his {{p|l={{fullurl:User:Tenerence_Love&oldid=729863}} user page}} with a picture of the HRWiki's main page flipped upside-down.
 +
*[[User:The Knights Who Say Ni|The Knights Who Say Ni]]
 +
**Treated his entire {{p|l={{fullurl:User:The Knights Who Say Ni&oldid=730088}} user page}} and {{p|l={{fullurl:User:The Knights Who Say Ni/sig&oldid=729998}} signature}} as base 36 numbers, and converted them into base 10.
 +
*[[User:The thing|The thing]]
 +
**Changed his {{p|l={{fullurl:User:The_thing|oldid=729997}} user page}} and {{p|l={{fullurl:User:The_thing/sig|oldid=729993}} signature}} to be typed in Yiddish.
 +
 
 +
== April Fools' 2013 ==
 +
=== Main ===
 +
* All the page and tab links were changed to redirect to random pages. Where practical, the links stayed within the same namespace: Links for articles pointed to random articles, talk pages to random talk pages, project pages to random project pages, user pages to random user pages (not including user subpages), and so on. In addition, the tabs kept their functions: Clicking edit on an article would open an edit window of a random article; clicking history would show you the history of a different page in that namespace. For simplicity, generated links (like diffs on history pages and the recent changes page), interwiki links, and links to special pages just pointed to the main namespace. The sidebar links, personal user links (at the top of the page), and external links went unchanged.
 +
 
 +
=== Users ===
 +
*[[User:Dagoth|Dagoth]]
 +
**Changed his user page to a notification saying that it was bought out by [[Wikipedia:Anthony Kiedis|Anthony Kiedis]] among others.
 +
**Changed his talk page to a message asking people to leave messages for Kiedis.
 +
**Tried to change his signature to an ellipsis, but he actually unintentionally erased it.
 +
*[[User:Jay|Jay]]
 +
**Changed his {{p|l={{FULLURL:User:Jay/sig|oldid=735472}} signature}} to the [[Template:homsarquote|random Homsar quote template]].
 +
*[[User:RickTommy|RickTommy]]
 +
**Replaced his {{p|l={{FULLURL:User:RickTommy|oldid=735532}} user page}} with a fake transcript for Strong Bad Email 206, which, in this case, is a lengthy Strong Bad Email where Strong Bad answers lots of questions about things that annoy RickTommy.
 +
**Translated his {{p|l={{FULLURL:User talk:RickTommy|oldid=735476}} talk page}} to one of eight randomly selected lingo variations, including Pig Latin.
 +
**Changed his {{p|l={{FULLURL:User:RickTommy/sig|oldid=735480}} signature}} to a lot of intrusive random quotes and pictures which linked to various pages across the wiki.
 +
*[[User:Stux|Stux]]
 +
**Created a {{p|l={{FULLURL:User:Stux/sig|oldid=735484}} signature}} that was a picture of the [[Videlectrix mascot]] running.
 +
*[[User:Super Martyo Brother|Super Martyo Brother]]
 +
**Swapped his {{p|l={{FULLURL:User:Super Martyo Brother|oldid=735471}} Homestar Runner Wiki user page}} with his {{p|l={{FULLURL:tmbw:User:Super_Martyo_Brother|oldid=259682}} This Might Be A Wiki user page}}.
 +
*[[User:The Knights Who Say Ni|The Knights Who Say Ni]]
 +
**Deliberately {{p|l={{FULLURL:User:The Knights Who Say Ni|oldid=735488}} spammed}} his user page.
 +
**Inspired by the random linkage, he {{p|l={{FULLURL:User:The Knights Who Say Ni/sig|oldid=735491}} broke his signature to remove the links, and then turned it blue}}<!--so that it wouldn't be too similar to [[User:The thing|The thing]]'s prank in 2009-->.
 +
*[[User:The thing|The thing]]
 +
**Changed his {{p|l={{FULLURL:User:The_thing|oldid=735481}} user page}} into an advertisement for the Magic Bullet blender.
 +
**Made his {{p|l={{FULLURL:User:The_thing/sig|oldid=735486}} sig}} appear broken by making the source text appear.
 +
 
 +
==April Fools' 2014==
 +
===Main===
 +
*Repeat of 2011.
 +
 
 +
===Users===
 +
*[[User:The thing|The thing]]
 +
**Replaced his {{p|l={{FULLURL:User:The thing|oldid=740466}} user page}} with a terms of service agreement, with the validation linking to {{p|l={{FULLURL:User:The thing/page|oldid=740467}} a page}} that contained his actual user page.
 +
 
 +
==April Fools' 2015==
 +
===Main===
 +
*Repeat of 2011.
 +
 
 +
===Users===
 +
*[[User:Gfdgsgxgzgdrc|Gfdgsgxgzgdrc]]
 +
**Changed his user page to {{p|l={{FULLURL:User:Gfdgsgxgzgdrc|oldid=745951}} celebrate various holidays}} (except for April Fools' Day).
 +
*[[User:Mee|Mee]]
 +
**Replaced {{p|l={{FULLURL:User:Mee/sig|diff=prev&oldid=745856}} signature}} with "tbd".
 +
*[[User:Purple Wrench|Purple Wrench]]
 +
**Assumed the identity of [[April Fool 2014|D. Lindo]] on his {{p|l={{FULLURL:User:Purple_Wrench|oldid=745811}} user page}} and [[User:Purple_Wrench/sig|sig]] (archived on current sig page).
 +
**Was seen transforming into this identity at the bottom of {{p|l={{FULLURL:User_talk:RickTommy|oldid=745817}} this page}}.
 +
**Replaced his talk page with {{p|l={{FULLURL:User_talk:Purple_Wrench|oldid=745813}} a giant "P."}}
 +
*[[User:RickTommy|RickTommy]]
 +
**Changed his {{p|l={{FULLURL:User:RickTommy|oldid=745812}} user page}} to display the first chapter of one of ten randomly selected fanfics based on [[Nintendo]] franchises.
 +
**Changed his {{p|l={{FULLURL:User:RickTommy/sig|oldid=745841}} signature}} to the [[Template:cardgagequote|random Senor Cardgage quote template]], followed by some question marks that linked to his user page. He also broke his signature so that all following text would appear in the font "[http://fontstruct.com/fontstructions/show/984418 Mario Party 2/3 Textbox]".
 +
*[[User:The thing|The thing]]
 +
**Replaced his {{p|l={{FULLURL:User:The thing|oldid=745966}} user page}} with "Today is not april fools day."
 +
 
 +
==April Fools' 2016==
 +
===Main===
 +
*Repeat of 2011.
 +
 
 +
===Users===
 +
*[[User:Gfdgsgxgzgdrc|Gfdgsgxgzgdrc]]
 +
**Changed his user page and pretended to be {{p|l={{FULLURL:User:Gfdgsgxgzgdrc|oldid=756072}} a new wiki user}}.
 +
**Changed his talk page to look like {{p|l={{FULLURL:User talk:Gfdgsgxgzgdrc|oldid=756074}} he had been blocked and his userpage had been deleted}}. There were conversations with sysops, saying he was vandalizing pages. At the bottom of the page, 67 users voted on deleting his userpage.
 +
**Changed his sig to {{p|l={{FULLURL:User:Gfdgsgxgzgdrc|oldid=756075}} the entire "Mr. Shmallow" wiki page}}. When it was reverted, he changed it to a {{p|l={{FULLURL:User:Gfdgsgxgzgdrc|oldid=756252}} random Homestar Runner quote, linking to a special page}}.
 +
 
 +
*[[User:Heimstern Läufer|Heimstern Läufer]]
 +
**Replaced his {{p|l={{FULLURL:User:Heimstern_Läufer|oldid=756100}} user page}} with the opening line of the Chinese song [[Wikipedia:Little_Apple_(song)|Little Apple]]; his edit summary was also a line from this song.
 +
 
 +
*[[User:Jay|Jay]]
 +
**Announced a remake/sequel to his game, Jay's Journey, in his {{p|l={{FULLURL:User:Jay|oldid=755888}} user page}} and {{p|l={{FULLURL:User:Jay/sig|oldid=755887}} signature}}. (This {{p|l={{FULLURL:User:Jay|oldid=756487}} wasn't entirely a prank}}.)
 +
 
 +
*[[User:Purple Wrench|Purple Wrench]]
 +
**Assumed the identity of "The Purple Wrench Preservation Society", claiming to have preserved the Purple Wrench behind plexiglass for being one-of-a-kind.
 +
***Encased his {{p|l={{FULLURL:User:Purple Wrench|oldid=755849}} user page}} and {{p|l={{FULLURL:User talk:Purple Wrench|oldid=755850}} talk page}} behind a CSS gradient, restricting access to both of the pages (preceding links only work on April 1; click {{p|l={{FULLURL:User:Purple Wrench|oldid=756140}} here}} to view the user page year round).
 +
***Changed his [[User:Purple Wrench/sig|sig]] accordingly (archived on current sig page).
 +
***Appended all of his edit summaries with "(edited by the purple wrench preservation society)".
 +
 
 +
*[[User:RickTommy|RickTommy]]
 +
**Replaced his {{p|l={{FULLURL:User:RickTommy|oldid=755893}} user page}} with a notification that the page had been nominated for some award. This was a reference to how he discovered Homestar Runner, which was via the [https://kr.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Template:Delete&diff=3939&oldid=3938 delete template at the Kanuri Wikipedia].
 +
**Translated his {{p|l={{FULLURL:User:RickTommy/sig|oldid=755970}} signature}} into thirteen different languages that do not use the Latin alphabet.
 +
**Replaced his {{p|l={{FULLURL:User talk:RickTommy|oldid=756311}} talk page}} with a parody of a comment from [[wikipedia:User_talk:Ryoung122/Archive4#Please_stop_your_.27original_research.27|this discussion]]. It contained one of 32 randomly selected common misconceptions or "facts" that people get wrong on purpose, and was signed by [[User talk:202.76.162.34|his IP address from when he was in secondary school]].
 +
 
 +
*[[User:The Knights Who Say Ni|The Knights Who Say Ni]]
 +
**Wrote all of the sentences on his {{p|l={{FULLURL:User:The_Knights_Who_Say_Ni|oldid=755917}} user page}} backwards.
 +
 
 +
*[[User:The thing|The thing]]
 +
**Changed his userpage to a hilarious {{p|l={{FULLURL:User:The_thing|oldid=755889}} April Fools' Joke}}.
 +
**Changed his sig to say {{p|l={{FULLURL:User:The_thing/sig|oldid=755890}} Not The thing}}.
 +
 
 +
==April Fools' 2017==
 +
===Main===
 +
*Repeat of 2011.
 +
 
 +
===Users===
 +
*Users are no longer listed on this page.
==Other Baleeted Nonsense==
==Other Baleeted Nonsense==
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*&mdash;&nbsp;<span style="font-family: Kristen ITC, Comic Sans MS;">[[User:OptimisticFool|User:AFoolOfOpti]][[User talk:OptimisticFool|@]]</span>
*&mdash;&nbsp;<span style="font-family: Kristen ITC, Comic Sans MS;">[[User:OptimisticFool|User:AFoolOfOpti]][[User talk:OptimisticFool|@]]</span>
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*<span style="white-space: nowrap"><span class="plainlinks">[mailto:webmaster@aol.com http://devonm.com/unrelatedimages/Devon_character_icon.png]</span> <span class="plainlinks">[mailto:webmaster@apple.com http://devonm.com/unrelatedimages/DevonM_icon.png]</span>[[User:OptimisticFool|OptimF]]([[User talk:OptimisticFool|talk]]·[[Special:Contributions/OptimisticFool|cont-ribs]])</span>
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*<span style="white-space: nowrap"><!--<span class="plainlinks">[mailto:webmaster@aol.com http://devonm.com/unrelatedimages/Devon_character_icon.png]</span> <span class="plainlinks">[mailto:webmaster@apple.com http://devonm.com/unrelatedimages/DevonM_icon.png]</span>-->[[User:OptimisticFool|OptimF]]([[User talk:OptimisticFool|talk]]·[[Special:Contributions/OptimisticFool|cont-ribs]])</span>
*<tt><b>[[User:OptimisticFool|<span style="color:#8B0000;text-decoration:underline">Optimist Fooler</span>]]<span class="plainlinks">[http://www.hrwiki.org/index.php/User_talk:OptimisticFool http://www.hrwiki.org/images/d/d6/homestar-coder-sig.gif]</span></b></tt>
*<tt><b>[[User:OptimisticFool|<span style="color:#8B0000;text-decoration:underline">Optimist Fooler</span>]]<span class="plainlinks">[http://www.hrwiki.org/index.php/User_talk:OptimisticFool http://www.hrwiki.org/images/d/d6/homestar-coder-sig.gif]</span></b></tt>
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=====Suggested Sigs=====
=====Suggested Sigs=====
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<!-- NOTE: THIS IS AN ARCHIVE. DO '''NOT''' ADD YOUR SIG. -->
Let's keep this in mind for [[Holidays#April Fools' Day (April 1st)|April 1st]], 2009, eh?  Wah ha ha!  =]
Let's keep this in mind for [[Holidays#April Fools' Day (April 1st)|April 1st]], 2009, eh?  Wah ha ha!  =]
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Current revision as of 02:36, 15 September 2018

This article is a parody of WP:BJAODN. May it rest in peace.

For the last few years, many changes have been made to the wiki on April Fools' Day. This page hopes to document the changes throughout the years. For 2006, there's the obvious WikkiTikkiTavi styling and the redesigned Main Page, on 2007 CAPTCHA for everybody (sysops included) and the fake message saying the wiki had been shut down, for 2008 the jumbled text on all the pages, for 2009 the Homestar Runner-related ads, for 2010 the renaming of the wiki and the automatic changing of users' signatures to a Homestar Runner character's nickname, for 2011 and 2012 and since 2014 the animated logo, and for 2013 the random link redirection. But what about the rest of the hi-larious pranks that happened? This page hopes to document them as well.

Contents

[edit] April Fools' 2006

[edit] Main

[edit] Related

  • Fanstuff Wiki put up a fake "You have new messages" banner on the main page. All of the tab titles were changed. Users who wished to complain were directed to their own talk page. The sidebar and some of the other messages were also modified.
  • Article → unimportant location
  • Talk → ramble on
  • Edit → drastically alter
  • History → find evidence
  • Move → be willy on wheels
  • Watch → stalk
  • Unwatch → stop stalking
  • Delete → abuse powers
  • Unprotect → unshield
  • You have new messages → j00 hav liek, noo t41k, yo0.
  • This page has been accessed $1 times. → $1 people have eaten this page.

  • My talk → you talk too much
  • My watchlist → stalked people
  • My contributions → stuff i trolled
  • Main Page → Origination Point
  • Fanstuff Guidelines → Orders of our Dictator...s
  • Character Series → Character Crap
  • Recent changes → Current Alterings
  • Random page → RANDOMIZER!
  • Help → N00B Guide
  • Donations → What's Site Support?

[edit] Users

[edit] April Fools' 2007

[edit] Main

  • The CAPTCHA was replaced with one showing Homestar Runner-related words (and the occasional "April Fools" message). It was also made to show up for all edits, sysops included, instead of just for anonymous users and page moves.
  • Main Page changed to a message stating that "The Homestar Runner Wiki has been shut down." After a short time, an "Info" link was added announced the 2007 Spring Fundraising Drive with another message that read, "Scary thought, huh? Please help us make sure that never happens."
  • Partway through the day, any attempt to edit your sig came up with the following message:
This is real.
Image:Warning-gray.png System report:
Please don't edit your sig today. Yes, other people did it, but each time they did it really bogged down the server.
Thanks for understanding.

[edit] Users

[edit] April Fools' 2008

[edit] Main

the How Page Main on Fools' 2008. Day looked April
  • Every page on the website, except Special pages, scrambled the words within each block of text, so that something like the following:
I'm The Homestar Runner! Some folk say I'm a terrific athlete.
Might appear instead as:
Some Homestar I'm say Runner! terrific a folk I'm athlete. The
  • The logo was changed to show Homestar's torso instead of head, and the words "Wiki" and "Homestar Runner" were switched top to bottom. (Homestar still blinked as he peeked over the word "Wiki".)
  • This effect can be seen via Special:Scramble. For example, Special:Scramble/virus.

[edit] Users


[edit] April Fools' 2009

[edit] Main

  • There were ads for Homestar Runner products at the top of each page with the note "Ads by Bookazon".
  • The font color of all of the text on the forum was changed to match the background (in most cases white) to make everything invisible. The text could only be read by highlighting it. Homestar kept his eyes shut and just peeked occasionally.
  • A message was posted on the fanstuff wiki saying that due to lack of funds, it would never be reopened.

[edit] Users

  • DeFender1031
    • Sig automatically changed to "His Highness, Sir Hon. Rabbi Dr. DeFender1031 The Third PhD. Esq. ♔ His illustrious talk page".
  • Jay
    • User page was altered to be near-identical to the user page of JoeyDay.
    • Changed his sig to randomly display a different user name, all but one of which were parodies of other users on the wiki. They were all designed to look like a plain blue link, but only one of them linked anywhere: the "no loafing" in "Hamster Loafer... I said no loafing!!!". The complete list of all the user names, including links to the users who were parodied, can be seen here.

[edit] April Fools' 2010

[edit] Main

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  • The wiki's official name was changed to the Dumb Animal Characters Wiki, with the main page and logo edited to reflect the change.
  • If you tried to change your signature, the system would automatically change it instead to a random nickname from the list below, which came from one of the Strong Bad Emails or the Nicknames page (bold entries were chosen by the system at some point during the day):
Baron von Flexmypecs, Clever Dan, Cornbread, Crapface, Dead Guy Perez, DJ Dumpy Dump, Doodieman, Dumbname, Dumpface, Dumpus, Elizagerth, Genghis Khan't, Helvetica, Meatball Face Butt, Miss America, Miss July, Mr. Nobody, Mr. Prancy-time, Mr. Smarty-Spots, Ol' Bone Legged, Ol' Butt Patterson, Ol' Dumps, Prancibald, Rondleman, Rotting-Dragonsmith, Sir Dumpenheimer, Strong Mad's Girlfriend, That Freakin' Marshmallow, That Stupid Wheelchair Kid, The Dapper Swindler, The Elephant Man, The Human Grate-On-My-Nerves, The Human Wedgie, The King of the Dregs, The Over-Achiever Bandit, The Queen of Pay-Per-View, This Little Weirdo, Valerie, Weird Snake Joe, Wiggidy-wiener, Worldwide Starlet
  • Signatures were in the form: Clever Dan (Talk). The colors were chosen at random from a list that included yellow and white.
  • If you tried to change your signature a second time, you were presented with a fake edit conflict preventing it. (This was for system performance reasons more than to be funny, so that ideally each signature template would not be edited more than once during the day.)
  • If you tried to change your preferences, it would result in a message of "Meh, your preferences are probably fine and you shouldn't change them" to prevent you from pointing to a different signature page in your preferences.
  • Everyone except developers lost the rights to create pages or move subpages, to avoid the creation of alternate signature pages. (This had the side effect of preventing uploads.)
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  • The forum was changed to the H. Star Forum: A companion to the Dumb Animal Characters Wiki. Names and descriptions of the various subforums were tweaked, and H. Star was shown as seen in Xeriouxly Forxe.

[edit] Users

[edit] April Fools' 2011

[edit] Main

  • Homestar was much more animated than usual. Sometimes he would appear upside-down and then fall from the top. Other times he'd peek in from the corners. Occasionally he'd be missing altogether. From time to time he'd say "Boring!" or, after looking around, say "Um... what's going on here?" These actions repeated randomly.

[edit] Users

[edit] April Fools' 2012

[edit] Main

  • Repeat of 2011.

[edit] Users

  • ColdReactive
    • Changed his signature and user page to base64 and hex variants of the originals, respectively.
  • Color Printer
    • Claimed he had a printer error on his user page.
  • Gfdgsgxgzgdrc
    • Changed his user page so all the text was written backwards. He also changed all the image descriptions to say "The Homsar", and changed all the quotes to Homsar, Senor Cardgage, and Drive-Thru Whale quotes.
    • Changed his signature to read "some guy" written upside-down, also changing the words that linked to his other pages.
  • Jay
    • Changed his user page to say a bunch of technically entirely true, but ultimately entirely pointless, phrases, ending with a slight alteration of Mrs. Tompkinsrobotmomerson's similarly useless line from Teen Girl Squad Issue 13.
    • Changed his signature to simply read "A user".
  • RickTommy
    • Replaced his user page with several Yoshi-related pictures.
    • Removed his talk archive.
    • Replaced his Featured Articles list with a condescending note about the Featured Articles.
    • Added a lengthy STUFF discussion to the top of his talk page about whether or not Yoshi can talk, then changed the name beside every existing signature in his talk page to That'sBupkis's.
    • Changed his signature to read, ""Yoshi! Yoshi!" "'Cause that's totally the way I talk."" with a picture of a Yoshi sprite at the end, and the last sentence linking to fan club, the toon where a similar line comes from.
  • SamuelGuy10
    • Inspired by a vandal attack that occurred just before April Fools', he wrote on his user page a sentence contradictory to the one the vandal repeatedly wrote, repeated several times.
  • Super Martyo Brother
    • Changed his user page to display one of five phrases, then added a picture from "My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic" of a dark unicorn eating an apple. This was alongside the phrase, "Thou Furious?"
    • Changed his signature to read, "I HAVE SPOKEN! don't question my methods!"
  • Tenerence Love
    • Replaced his user page with a picture of the HRWiki's main page flipped upside-down.
  • The Knights Who Say Ni
    • Treated his entire user page and signature as base 36 numbers, and converted them into base 10.
  • The thing

[edit] April Fools' 2013

[edit] Main

  • All the page and tab links were changed to redirect to random pages. Where practical, the links stayed within the same namespace: Links for articles pointed to random articles, talk pages to random talk pages, project pages to random project pages, user pages to random user pages (not including user subpages), and so on. In addition, the tabs kept their functions: Clicking edit on an article would open an edit window of a random article; clicking history would show you the history of a different page in that namespace. For simplicity, generated links (like diffs on history pages and the recent changes page), interwiki links, and links to special pages just pointed to the main namespace. The sidebar links, personal user links (at the top of the page), and external links went unchanged.

[edit] Users

[edit] April Fools' 2014

[edit] Main

  • Repeat of 2011.

[edit] Users

  • The thing
    • Replaced his user page with a terms of service agreement, with the validation linking to a page that contained his actual user page.

[edit] April Fools' 2015

[edit] Main

  • Repeat of 2011.

[edit] Users

[edit] April Fools' 2016

[edit] Main

  • Repeat of 2011.

[edit] Users

  • Purple Wrench
    • Assumed the identity of "The Purple Wrench Preservation Society", claiming to have preserved the Purple Wrench behind plexiglass for being one-of-a-kind.
      • Encased his user page and talk page behind a CSS gradient, restricting access to both of the pages (preceding links only work on April 1; click here to view the user page year round).
      • Changed his sig accordingly (archived on current sig page).
      • Appended all of his edit summaries with "(edited by the purple wrench preservation society)".

[edit] April Fools' 2017

[edit] Main

  • Repeat of 2011.

[edit] Users

  • Users are no longer listed on this page.

[edit] Other Baleeted Nonsense

[edit] From the Sandbox


[edit] HRWiki:Spambox (started by BazookaJoe)

Edgar´s Baby´s Daddy
HRWiki Junkmail Filta
Subject Time Sender
Steep prices and... Trees! 2:T2 Elcool
Re: can i be a bureaucrat! 10:22 BazookaJoe
Make The Poopsmith's Shovel again ;) 10:22 BazookaJoe
Re: re: re: reverting 10:22 BazookaJoe
AAAAAAAAA! 10:23 BazookaJoe
Possible vandal 10:23 BazookaJoe
STUFF so low!!!! 10:23 BazookaJoe
NSMC vs. NSMB 10:24 BazookaJoe
It´s almost 10:25!! 10:24 BazookaJoe
Low rates on neu sbam filda!!#3 10:24 BazookaJoe
Low rates on neu sbam filda!!#3 10:25 BazookaJoe
Low rates on neu sbam filda!!#3 10:25 BazookaJoe
Re: Fwd: Cc: Aa: No subject 3:49 Venusy
Good deals on Spam 3:53 Venusy
Get credit card info stolen FAST 2:25 Bluebry muffin
The next Change of Pace?!? HAW? Has Matt?
Spam moved to Spam ON WHEELS! 10:04 Wheely Willy
Grues: How likely are YOU to get eaten? NaN Venusy
Marry mE SB NOW Supermodel
No way, Crap for brains 69:42 Strong Bad
Man, who's that Phlip guy? He´s awexome! 22:46 Not Phlip
bONUS sTAGE iZ t3h PWnz!1 6:23 bONUS sTAGE!11!11
Surprise! Ice-cream sandwhiches! 16:02 FireBird
Surprise! Ice-cream sand witches! 16:02 BazookaJoe
Firefox or die! 3:02 Fox Joe
Obligitory Homsar quote A:AA Has Matt?
TELL WHAT U THINK! LOL Forum dude
Pre: pre: preeeow 7:20 The Paper
ert+ y76p; '0lu8jkyee;u4p;e'/Rh DLT Linux
what's a 'internet'/ S:OS noob
'Nuff said 1:28 Rogue Leader
You are trolling! Why! 25:95 662.663.664.665
GOODBYE WORLD! 12:00 xXx_EMO punk EMO_xXx
Request: Make 127.0.0.1 a sysop 05:09 Venusy
Isn't that great?! 18:41 Saddy Dumpington
Re: Re: Re: Fwd: Re: Yawn: Re: Ultimate Email of Epic Final Conflict 22:46 User:Phlip
Self-Defense Against Fresh Fruit! 19:69 PointedSticks
"I leave my itch machine on pause mostly." Aa:Aa ACupOfCoffee

[edit] And then I'll go and spoil it all... (originally posted by The Chort)

And then we'll go into a quiet little place and have a drink or two,
And then I'll go and spoil it all by saying something stupid like,
"I leave my itch machine on pause mostly."

[edit] Logs for 22 September 2019 (started by Has Matt?)

[edit] Optimistic Fool takes over!

Optimistic Fool parodied several sigs he said were "the most recognizable on the talk pages [he] looked through". Some users thought this was funny and should be archived, so here it is.

[edit] Potential New Sigs

In no particular order:

[edit] Suggested Sigs

Let's keep this in mind for April 1st, 2009, eh? Wah ha ha! =]

[edit] From Talk Pages

[edit] Ohhh, people with too much time on their hands...

Originally posted by Venusy:

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Translated from binary ASCII, this gives "-.-- --- ..- .... .- ...- . - --- --- -- ..- -.-. .... - .. -- . --- -. -.-- --- ..- .-. .... .- -. -.. ... .. ..-. -.-- --- ..- -.. . -.-. --- -.. . -.. - .... .. ... -- . ... ... .- --. . - .-- .. -.-. . .-.-.-" which is Morse code for "You have too much time on your hands if you decoded this message twice."

Phlip responded with:

....- ---.. -.... ..-. --... --... ..--- ----- -.... .---- -.... ..--- -.... ..-. --... ..... --... ....- ..--- ----- -.... ----. -.... -.... ..--- ----- ....- ----. ..--- ----- -.... ....- -.... ..... -.... ...-- -.... ..-. -.... ....- -.... ..... ..--- ----- -.... ----. --... ....- ..--- ----- --... ....- --... --... -.... ----. -.... ...-- -.... ..... ..--- -.-. ..--- ----- --... ..--- -.... ..... --... ...-- --... ----- -.... ..-. -.... . -.... ....- ..--- -.-. ..--- ----- -.... .---- -.... . -.... ....- ..--- ----- --... ....- -.... ---.. -.... ..... -.... . ..--- ----- -.... ..... -.... . -.... ...-- -.... ..-. -.... ....- -.... ..... ..--- ----- -.... ----. --... ....- ..--- ----- --... ....- --... --... -.... ----. -.... ...-- -.... ..... ...-- ..-. ..--- ----- ....- ....- -.... ..-. ..--- ----- ....- ----. ..--- ----- --... ...-- --... ....- -.... ----. -.... -.-. -.... -.-. ..--- ----- -.... ---.. -.... .---- --... -.... -.... ..... ..--- ----- --... ....- -.... ..-. -.... ..-. ..--- ----- -.... -.. --... ..... -.... ...-- -.... ---.. ..--- ----- --... ....- -.... ----. -.... -.. -.... ..... ..--- ----- -.... ..-. -.... . ..--- ----- -.... -.. --... ----. ..--- ----- -.... ---.. -.... .---- -.... . -.... ....- --... ...-- ...-- ..-.

This is morse code for "48 6F 77 20 61 62 6F 75 74 20 69 66 20 49 20 64 65 63 6F 64 65 20 69 74 20 74 77 69 63 65 2C 20 72 65 73 70 6F 6E 64 2C 20 61 6E 64 20 74 68 65 6E 20 65 6E 63 6F 64 65 20 69 74 20 74 77 69 63 65 3F 20 44 6F 20 49 20 73 74 69 6C 6C 20 68 61 76 65 20 74 6F 6F 20 6D 75 63 68 20 74 69 6D 65 20 6F 6E 20 6D 79 20 68 61 6E 64 73 3F", which is hex ASCII (rather than binary, for so-called "brevity") for "How about if I decode it twice, respond, and then encode it twice? Do I still have too much time on my hands?"

Venusy replied:

42 61 20 6c 62 68 65 3f 20 47 75 6e 67 27 66 20 76 67 3f 42 61 20 6c 62 68 65 63 76 79 72 20 62 73 20 66 72 70 65 72 67 20 4e 6d 67 72 70 20 74 62 79 71 ? 42 65 20 62 61 20 6c 62 68 65 70 6e 65 20 63 75 62 61 72 ? 4f 68 67 20 6e 61 6c 6a 6e 6c 2c 20 6c 72 66 2e videlectrix.png52 41 48 46 4c discussionitem_icon.gifuser.gifmail_icon.gif

Decoded from hex ASCII, this is "Ba lbhe? Gung'f vg? Ba lbhe cvyr bs frperg Nmgrp tbyq? Be ba lbhe pne cubar? Ohg naljnl, lrf. videlectrix.pngRAHFL", after ROT13, that gives "On your? That's it? On your pile of secret Aztec gold? Or on your car phone? But anyway, yes. videlectrix.pngENUSY"

Phlip came back with:

⠓⠥⠓⠦  ⠊  ⠙⠑⠋⠊⠝⠁⠞⠑⠇⠽  ⠎⠁⠊⠙  ⠦⠕⠝  ⠍⠽  ⠓⠁⠝⠙⠎⠴  ⠁⠞  ⠞⠓⠑  ⠑⠝⠙  ⠞⠓⠑⠗⠑⠲⠲⠲  ⠁⠝⠽⠺⠁⠽⠎⠂  ⠞⠓⠁⠞  ⠺⠁⠎  ⠋⠥⠝⠂  ⠇⠑⠞⠄⠎  ⠝⠕⠞  ⠙⠕  ⠊⠞  ⠁⠛⠁⠊⠝⠲  ⠶⠊⠝⠉⠊⠙⠑⠝⠞⠁⠇⠇⠽⠂  ⠺⠓⠁⠞  ⠁⠗⠑  ⠞⠓⠑  ⠉⠓⠁⠝⠉⠑⠎  ⠕⠋  ⠞⠓⠊⠎  ⠑⠝⠙⠊⠝⠛  ⠥⠏  ⠕⠝  ⠽⠕⠥⠗  ⠃⠁⠇⠑⠑⠞⠑⠙  ⠝⠕⠝⠎⠑⠝⠎⠑  ⠏⠁⠛⠑⠦⠶  --⠏⠓⠇⠊⠏ 

Which is Braille for "Huh? I Definately said "on my hands" at the end there... anyway, that was fun, let's not do it again. (Incidentally, what are the chances of this ending up on your baleeted nonsense page?) --phlip TC" – if you can't read it (if you don't have the appropriate font) you can see it here. Venusy couldn't read it, so that's where the conversation ended.

[edit] Workin' on the Article

The Chort had this little conversation with an "annony".

REMEMBER THESE DAYS?!The Chort 16:00, 10 August 2008 (UTC)

i yeah

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THESE DAYS?!The Chort 16:01, 10 August 2008 (UTC)
Uh it was a wile ago 86.147.22.231 16:03, 10 August 2008 (UTC)
THE HEYDAYS!!The Chort 16:03, 10 August 2008 (UTC)
i can spel hay 86.147.22.231 16:05, 10 August 2008 (UTC)
WHERE'S THE GRAMMAR?!The Chort 16:06, 10 August 2008 (UTC)
i cant use it anymore 86.147.22.231 16:09, 10 August 2008 (UTC)
L33T? WHAT, DO YOU THINK YOU'RE A ROBOT?!The Chort 16:10, 10 August 2008 (UTC)
no realy i thouht i was a grammer man 86.147.22.231 16:12, 10 August 2008 (UTC)
WELL, START TYPING LIKE ONE!The Chort 16:13, 10 August 2008 (UTC)


Matthew Chapman (born November 1, 1976) is the younger of The Brothers Chaps. He and his brother Mike are the principal creators of the Homestar Runner body of work. Matt is the voice actor for almost all of the characters on the site. He is married to Jackie Chapman, who had a brief cameo in Peasant's Quest Movie Trailer. They currently have one child. 86.147.22.231 16:17, 10 August 2008 (UTC)

That's what I'm talking about! – The Chort 16:18, 10 August 2008 (UTC)
its my good grammar paragraph 86.147.22.231 16:20, 10 August 2008 (UTC)


The "XL ProTime VHS/VCR Player" is the brand of Videocassette recorder that appears in various toons and was first seen in Strong Bad Email 12:00. The mechanical issues such as tracking problems, visible vertical rainbow, and the ubiquitous blinking 12:00 are a running joke. It is usually seen on top of the Telebision. 86.147.22.231 16:23, 10 August 2008 (UTC)

It's great. Let's Now, see Cut! Print! Put it in the article! – The Chort 16:24, 10 August 2008 (UTC)
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