The savvy Internet reader knows that you can't believe everything you read online, but on April Fools' Day we suggest that you not believe anything you read online.
Internet hoax time is just around the corner, and as our inbox continues to fill up with jaw-dropping press releases "strictly embargoed for April 1," we thought we'd put together a list of some Internet hoaxes past -- just to whet your appetite for what's to come.
1. Tacocopter: Tacocopter took the Internet by storm in late March, when a faux Silicon Valley start-up put up a website outlining a plan to deliver tacos via remote-control flying drone robots. Sound too good to be true? Well, it is. While founder Star Simpson said she wouldn't call her website a joke, Federal Aviation Administration regulations prevent the use of unmanned aircraft for commercial services. Bonus points for faking us out before April Fools' Day.
2. Gmail Paper: On April 1 2007, Google announced Gmail Paper -- a new service that would allow Gmail users to request a physical copy of any email message directly from Google. "Everyone loves Gmail. But not everyone loves email or the digital era," Google wrote. "Whatever happened to stamps, filing cabinets and the mailman? Well you asked for it, and it's here." Although of course, it wasn't. After a bit of clicking a user got to a page where Google copped to the joke. "As you may have guessed, Gmail Paper is not a real product or feature of Gmail. No, we don't plan on sending you boxes and boxes of your email in hard copy form." Wait, really?