April Fools' Day: Forcing Bloggers to Fact-Check
|Would an evil company do this?|
San Franciscans love whimsy just as much as the next non-evil search engine behemoth, and thus April Fools' stunts are inevitable.
On April Fools' Day in 2006, a big orange billboard emblazoned with the legend "Trade Barry!" cropped up outside AT&T park. Baseball fans naturally assumed the sign was a dig at Giants' player Barry Bonds. Unfortunately, the sign was not paid for by rapid Bonds haters or Dodger's fans, it was the brainchild of baseball card manufacturer Topps.
In 2004 the Chronicle proposed dumping the comic Zippy the Pinhead and a vocal group of Zippy lovers (Yes, they exist!) fuh-reaked out. This wasn't the first time the Chron tried to drop Zippy. They briefly stopped publishing it in 2002, but changed their mind after an outpouring of support for the comic. At this point, Zippy was basically the boyfriend the Chron kept trying to dump and couldn't. On April Fools' Day of 2004, Zippy supporters staged a protest outside the Chron. It didn't work: Dumpsville, population Zippy.