Happy April Fool's Day, chums! Yes, it's the day of the year when the Internet is filled with spurious stories, muddled misinformation and downright dirty lies -- okay, more spurious stories, muddled misinformation and downright dirty lies.
Here's our pick of 2011's technology-related japes, jocularity and general hilarity.
YouTube also offered this compilation of flummery and folderol, including Flugelhorn Feline and the Irksome Citrus:
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X-Ray iPad 2
Gadget Show guru Jason Bradbury came up with this belter, hacking an iPad 2 with a night-vision scope and some clingfilm to take X-ray photos. If you've ever wanted a glimpse of Bradders in his skivvies, here's your chance:
If Xbox Kinect has you hankering to control everything with a wave of your hands, Google can help, with Gmail Motion gestures. Lick a stamp to send an email, point a thumb to reply, and many more:
Google has also given an insight into the life of an autocompleter:
Playmobil Apple Store
ThinkGeek offered the excellent Playmobil Apple Store Playset, complete with Steve Jobs making a presentation, tiny iPads and an optional accessory pack of queuing figures. Start 'em young. Here it is:
We couldn't resist getting in on the action, showing off our planned relaunch as an Angry Birds news site, visiting an Apple-themed restaurant that uses iPad 2s as plates, and reporting a security threat posed by the Color iPhone app.
Meanwhile, last year's April Fool's Day joke here at CNET UK -- concerning the discovery of a time traveller at the Large Hadron Collider -- has astonished us by being read, shared and commented on all through the year, amassing more than 1,600 retweets and almost 60,000 Facebook Likes. It's still being retweeted today, a year later. Thanks to everyone who's read, shared and LOLed.