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?

  • I was just about to ask this question. No idea. Must be an April's fool joke.
    – Slavo
    Apr 1, 2009 at 7:13
  • Closing voting: It's the same discussion as on stackoverflow.com/questions/698430/… Just 24 hours :)
    – please delete me
    Apr 1, 2009 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, 2009 at 7:30
  • It's great, it's great!
    – markus
    Apr 1, 2009 at 7:31
  • I tagged this thread as the official since its CW and people are talking about the ponies. Apr 1, 2009 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, 2009 at 7:41
  • :D I hope there are more things to discover Apr 1, 2009 at 7:44
  • Don't shock me with "closed", Ian! That's unfair! That was the real April fool
    – please delete me
    Apr 1, 2009 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, 2009 at 7:48
  • Needs more favicon.
    – Fowl
    Apr 1, 2009 at 8:06
  • I love horses, best of all the animals! Apr 1, 2009 at 8:20
  • you've been uni-cornified!
    – Orkun Balkancı
    Apr 1, 2009 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, 2009 at 11:15
  • I second guerda. FFS the sites got cornify on it!
    – Ian Quigley
    Apr 1, 2009 at 11:18
  • Look, programming is srs bsns, k? You're not allowed to laugh which is why this has been closed. Apr 1, 2009 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, 2010 at 20:10



How beautiful! :P

Stackoverflow is cornified

  • It is pictures of cute cats now instead.
    – Spoike
    Apr 1, 2009 at 12:34

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. http://i.stackoverflow.com/Content/Img/stackoverflow-logo-sparkles.gif

  • 2
    YEAH!!!!...then no more taxes....
    – Mark
    Apr 1, 2009 at 20:10
  • Was about to comment on that, but the unicorns hide the lines. Apr 1, 2009 at 21:45

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! :)


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!

  • +1 oh yeah.. have to have an easter egg somewhere!
    – Ian Quigley
    Apr 1, 2009 at 7:42

Seems to come from http://www.cornify.com/

  • Hm, some of the pics have graphicsarcade.com logos at the bottom, too.
    – Brian
    Apr 1, 2009 at 7:32
  • cornification ftw!
    – Orkun Balkancı
    Apr 1, 2009 at 8:59

Component-Orientated Restful Notation Inverse Functional Yadayada...


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!


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


OMG PONIES and rainbows!!! AWESOME!!!


My Little Pony!!! Can we keep the 'corn' please Uncle Jeff?!?


I say it's about time for us to go back to the expert-sex-change.com


--- 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;

A collection of april fools jokes:

Tech Crunch


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]

  • @guerda - LOLz... and I got you with [closed] ha ha :p
    – Ian Quigley
    Apr 1, 2009 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 :)


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>

OMG i hate those things -.- I hope that is just for today


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


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.


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


Obviously an april fools joke.

  • 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, 2009 at 15:54

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


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: [http://www.cornify.com/getacorn.php?file=unicorn_7.gif&url=http://stackoverflow. com/questions]

Nice idea though.


Click on Cornify to see what it does :D


This is, like, totally sparkling.


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.

  • 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, 2009 at 10:06
  • Yes, or with Opera on "Animated images" off by default, I had no clue what they were talking about :P Apr 1, 2009 at 12:55