Please read this through before voting to close. There's method in my madness....

April 1st is rapidly approaching, and I suspect many Stack Overflow regulars will have been considering what to ask as a "prank" question. I have nothing against good humour, but I think it makes sense to concentrate it in one place, rather than seeing SO turn into the white noise that Slashdot usually becomes on April 1st. (I'm sure it won't completely eradicate prank questions, but every little bit helps.)

So, what question would you have asked on April 1st? Or rather, what question would you have liked to ask as an April Fool? (I'm sure many people would have restrained themselves... no need here!)

Silly answers to the questions can take the form of comments, of course.

I'll accept the highest voted "answer" at the end of April 1st (or rather, at about 5.15am UTC on April 2nd when I get up).

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Thanks for moving this, Jeff - I can't believe it was actually deleted on SO (and nobody but me wanted to undelete it). –  Kyle Cronin Jul 24 '09 at 4:57
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@Jon skeet you have never followed through with "I'll accept the highest voted "answer" at the end of April 1st (or rather, at about 5.15am UTC on April 2nd when I get up).".... I guess that was your April Fool's joke ;) –  Andrei Aug 17 '09 at 11:18
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I promised our VP that Id reduce the number of bugs that crop up in our production systems. After thinking about how to fix this, I told him I'd modify our applications to make them self healing. I've begun catching very specific exceptions so I can make the necessary changes as needed, but now my code is all over the place. I've more or less had to extend every system class I could get my hands on to do this. I need to finish this soon.

Does anyone know of any good resources I can leverage in modifying our software to be self-healing?

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Where do I sign up for the Web 3.0 beta?

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Is it true that if you code while hanging upside down your code runs backwards?

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Even worse, if you run the code upside down, your may lose some bits. –  Gamecat Mar 31 '09 at 21:17
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I hear that if you don't wear any underpants while coding upside down your biggest problem is in fact "dangling pointers". –  rism Mar 31 '09 at 21:50
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please explain how Abstract Pragma Resource Initialization Linkage works in the F# Object-Oriented Language

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Why am I getting a stackoverflow when setting this property?

  Module Module1

    Private _bool As Boolean
    Private Property Bool() As Boolean
        Get
            Return _bool
        End Get
        Set(ByVal value As Boolean)
            Bool = value
        End Set
    End Property

    Sub Main()

        Bool = True


    End Sub

End Module
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You forgot the add the FileNotFound property. –  rob Apr 1 '09 at 12:36
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I actually had another idea for April Fools, but it was flagged as spam on UserVoice. I think this further highlights the need for a separate meta-discussion area - if it doesn't belong on SO or UV, where can it go? I tried the IRC channel but there wasn't really a whole lot of activity - maybe one or two people responded and that was it.

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I wish there was a special tag "off-topic" and the questions tagged as off-topic wouldn't show up in the active|hot|week|month tabs but only in a new tab named off-topic solely for such purposes. open->close>goto 1 wars are a shame. –  utku_karatas Mar 30 '09 at 21:02
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Can anyone explain why recursive functions are recursive?

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This may help explain things: meta.stackoverflow.com/questions/8790/… –  Tim Post Nov 18 '09 at 12:23
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I'm getting this error when I try to compile my WPF project!

Visual studio has thrown an internal error.

Details: An error was thrown in Visual Studio core assembly : MacOSX.core.dll

Please help!!

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I was working on some javascript. What did I do? diff to follow


--- 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() {
    		head.appendChild(css);
    	}
    	cornify_replace();
    }	
+    cornify_add(); 
 }

 cornify_replace = function() {
    // Replace text.
    var hc = 6;
    var hs;
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How can I make the 3D in my app? Thanks a lot!!!!!!!

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Code golf:

Produce the optimal solution for the Knapsack Problem.

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Hello, my internet is down. Can you please tell me when it will be back up


Ok i can't take complete credit for this as someone actually asked it on SF a few months back.
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There's a process that I killed three days ago, and it's come back to life. What's going on?

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How can I use python and regular expressions to scrape the interweb?

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Since answered here: the <center> cannot hold it is too late –  Andrew Grimm Oct 30 '10 at 4:03
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Non-techies suddenly seem to gain around 50 IQ points when discussing anything computer related. Why?

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To make up for the 50 they lost when using anything computer related. –  GameFreak May 13 '09 at 23:32
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my computer are infected! Halp?!

Sew today is April 1st and i know that thats the day the CornFritter worm is set to attack, what can i do?

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What are the chances of this question getting baleted as a duplicate or not programming related?

What if I made it a community wiki instead?

Tags: [panties-bunched-tightly] [meta] [please-dont-close-this-ill-give-you-a-buck-please-pls]

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Is there a Macro to convert Tabs into Spaces, using Emacs?

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I'd have posted a link to cornify on every post and question.

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What is the procedure to converting DLL to SO ? Please send me your detailed step by step procedure. (actually, someone asked that and it wasn't a joke.)

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Dear Internet.

I looked for people where computer is not playing my e-mails. I clicked the e-mail button on my mouse but nothing happened.

Please Fix or I will be taking legal action.

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How to answer the questions in this forum ??

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In what version of python will import skynet be implemented? (XKCD link)

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abybody got the code for google search alogrithm in BrainF**k....?

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So I hacked some last night, and solved the traveling salesman problem. So it's true, it does perform in polynomial time, guaranteed! What code repository do you suggest, where should I send the codes?

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