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I like simplicity. I like clear designs.
I like Stack Overflow.

But today, SO was offline and returned with this brand new, ugly... definitely new logo.


So what's this logo all about? That's no real April fool... Okay, now everybody knows, it's the April fool. But is it the only one? Are there any more? Or are you paralyzed by all these unicorns and glitter?

And what the hey is "Cornify"? The cornify button is funny. Until you cannot click any link... I could play with it all the time :)

What question would you have asked as an April Fool?

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I was just about to ask this question. No idea. Must be an April's fool joke. – Slavo Apr 1 '09 at 7:13
Closing voting: It's the same discussion as on… Just 24 hours :) – please delete me Apr 1 '09 at 7:19
I vote on closing too. The less we pay attention to this, the more fun it is to make fun of Jeff Atwood for the horrible joke. – MrValdez Apr 1 '09 at 7:30
It's great, it's great! – markus Apr 1 '09 at 7:31
I tagged this thread as the official since its CW and people are talking about the ponies. – Ólafur Waage Apr 1 '09 at 7:39
That was my intention, Ólaf, I just wanted to attract attention with this title in the first minute :) – please delete me Apr 1 '09 at 7:41
:D I hope there are more things to discover – Ólafur Waage Apr 1 '09 at 7:44
Don't shock me with "closed", Ian! That's unfair! That was the real April fool – please delete me Apr 1 '09 at 7:48
I don't mind a little joke. It is April Fool's Day after all, but this just reminds me of Slashdot circa 2006! – CraigTP Apr 1 '09 at 7:48
Needs more favicon. – Fowl Apr 1 '09 at 8:06
I love horses, best of all the animals! – meandmycode Apr 1 '09 at 8:20
you've been uni-cornified! – Orkun Balkancı Apr 1 '09 at 8:58
I'm kind of surprised of the closing reason. Where is the original of this question? Exact duplicate? Come on, it's just fun. – please delete me Apr 1 '09 at 11:15
I second guerda. FFS the sites got cornify on it! – Ian Quigley Apr 1 '09 at 11:18
Look, programming is srs bsns, k? You're not allowed to laugh which is why this has been closed. – Quibblesome Apr 1 '09 at 11:52

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Sigh, "its a pwny!" was a scrimmage name one of my best e-buds used (Halo PC). – Mark C Apr 12 '10 at 20:10


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The stuff is awesome! It's all glittery and silly and great! Cornify gives you unicorns and kitty cats and happy fonts and messages! Every day should be April 1!

I assume this is a April 1 joke.

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YEAH!!!!...then no more taxes.... – Mark Apr 1 '09 at 20:10
Was about to comment on that, but the unicorns hide the lines. – Liran Orevi Apr 1 '09 at 21:45

How beautiful! :P

Stackoverflow is cornified

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It is pictures of cute cats now instead. – Spoike Apr 1 '09 at 12:34

I really like this button. It's totally senseless but funny. Really funny.

Comic Sans MS + glitter + pink colour = AMAZING

That is Web 1.0 (animated gifs) + Web 2.0 (interactive stuff like clicking). So it's the Web 3.0

I'd love to see this everytime, per default! :)

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So after pressing 'cornify' 100 times, I was really hoping to earn a 'hidden' April Fool's badge, but no dice. Maybe I need to press it 1000 times?

In addition to all the obvious fun stuff, I am hoping to find at least one easter egg. 'tis the season!

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+1 oh yeah.. have to have an easter egg somewhere! – Ian Quigley Apr 1 '09 at 7:42

Seems to come from

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Hm, some of the pics have logos at the bottom, too. – Brian Apr 1 '09 at 7:32
cornification ftw! – Orkun Balkancı Apr 1 '09 at 8:59

This isn't fooling anyone! The sparkles are taking over and everything will soon become cute and sparkly and bright! It was done on April Fool's simply for us to "let it slide"! We're doomed! We're all DOOMED!!!

EDIT: Being paranoid does not mean they're not after me!

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Component-Orientated Restful Notation Inverse Functional Yadayada...

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Who else clicked cornify on a post that was not their own, just in case?

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OMG PONIES and rainbows!!! AWESOME!!!

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I say it's about time for us to go back to the

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--- cornify.js  2009-04-01 03:28:44.000000000 -0400
+++ ludicrouscorny.js   2009-04-01 03:26:54.000000000 -0400
@@ -65,7 +65,8 @@ cornify_add = function() {
+    cornify_add(); 

 cornify_replace = function() {
    // Replace text.
    var hc = 6;
    var hs;
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My Little Pony!!! Can we keep the 'corn' please Uncle Jeff?!?

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A collection of april fools jokes:

Tech Crunch

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I love the new Cornify button... I'll be clicking that next time my correct answer gets downvoted! [Shame it doesn't work in IE6]

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@guerda - LOLz... and I got you with [closed] ha ha :p – Ian Quigley Apr 1 '09 at 7:51

yeah yeah yeah, the more you click, the better it gets!!! thanks stackoverflow for making my day :D hahahaha :P

'Magical x answers' haha :)

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The Fancy and Amazing April Fools thread?

...why do I have a feeling that all answers to this question will be similar to all the forums posts I've seen around the Internet whenever its April 1?

...Its the start of StackOverflow's downfall into an ordinary forum!

<insert sig here>
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OMG i hate those things -.- I hope that is just for today

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Can we get a list of people who tried to close this thread. Ban the killjoys ;)

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Purpose of cornify:

Wait till colleague walks away from PC.

Navigate to SO and fill screen with rainbows and unicorns.

Go around telling random people how you saw some weird stuff on your colleague's screen.

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I hope there wont be a counter showing who clicked cornify the most!

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Obviously an april fools joke.

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Actually this answer was originally refering to the first title asking what is wrong with SO. Now, the answer doesn't make sense since they've edited the title. ;) – MrValdez Apr 1 '09 at 15:54

That's not a horse... thar's a unicorn.. ugh you call yourself progrimmers... dun ya study fantasy?

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I get the little red crosses across my screen as Works Websense blocks it as freeware.

"Reason: The Websense category "Freeware and Software Download" is filtered.

URL: [ com/questions]

Nice idea though.

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:( Post it in… – please delete me Apr 1 '09 at 7:49

Click on Cornify to see what it does :D

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This is, like, totally sparkling.

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Great "setup" (possibly), too, on the last podcast

Jeff and Joel talk about 'flashing' and animated gifs and how much they hate them around 7:15-8:30.

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yes - and what did we all learn? that as long as we're not using Chrome we can stop it just by pressing Escape. but thats no fun. good job i'm using chrome – Simon Apr 1 '09 at 10:06
Yes, or with Opera on "Animated images" off by default, I had no clue what they were talking about :P – Boris Callens Apr 1 '09 at 12:55