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Busy Parent Briefing: April Fool's Recap

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Helvetica and Comic Sans MS get the Google spotlight treatment today

April Fool’s Day is generally best loved by kids who finally have an excuse to plant a “Kick Me” sign on the back of a parent, friend or teacher. But as the Internet becomes more sophisticated, so do the jokes.

Here’s a rundown of seven of the best ones to be on the lookout for today:

1. Helvetica
Yes, Helvetica is a font. And as far as fonts go, apparently in font circles, it’s quite revered. Comic Sans MS is also a font. And it’s one so reviled that there are websites dedicated to its demise. Well, the brain trust at Google is hip to the typographic wars. Google “Helvetica” and see what happens. And by the way, if you giggle after you do, you might be a nerd. (I did, so I guess I am.) (P.S. If you still don’t get it, just google the answer.)

2. Angry Nerds
Speaking of nerds, are you sick of Angry Birds? There’s a new game out especially for April 1 called Angry Nerds. Try to crash the geeks into software bugs hidden underneath the 1′s and 0′s.

3. 1911
If you go to YouTube today, check out the best viral videos from 1911. Yes, you read that correctly — remember what today is?

4. New Google product + job listing
In addition to Gmail Motion, which allows you to respond to write and respond to emails with your body, there’s a job opening at Google. For an Autocompleter. A successful candidate will have the ability to guess users’ intentions as they type and within a fraction of a sentence, the Autocompleter will need to “type in your prediction that will be added to the list of suggestions given by Google. Don’t worry, after a few million predictions you’ll grow the required reflexes,” according to Google.

5. Richard Branson buys Pluto
And he’s reinstating it as a planet. Leave it to Virgin.

6. Huffington Post paywall
Founder Arianna Huffington announces that New York Times employees will have to pay to read more than the first six letters of HuffPo story.

7. Wikileaks’ Cuckoo clocks scandal
A report on a plan by the Swiss government to implant surveillance systems in cuckoo clocks that will then be given out as offiicial gifts.

What’s the best April Fool’s gag you’ve come across today?

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