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Another Change In Direction

Upon further reflection about my previous announcement, and the reaction to it, I've changed my mind. After a lengthy e-mail exchange with Paul (and a shorter one with Jay Tea), I've decided to rescind my decision to make Paul's hiatus permanent. The reasons are a private matter between the two of us. As for Jay Tea, I've assured him that the conflict he feels will be dealt with when he returns from vacation.

There's one other reason I've changed my mind...









April Fools!!!


We've been planning this for a while, so whatever you thought you knew about the relationship between the three of us is probably wrong.

Paul Adds: OK- so it ended with a whimper and not a bang.... But it was fun watching a few of you jump on command. For the record Kev, my wife has been telling me for days this was lame... She's right as usual. (sorry honey)

Update: Some people REALLY don't like being shown to be an (April) fool.

Kevin Adds: Other than the April 1st post by Paul, his previous posts that generated so much controversy were not done to further this plot. It's actually the opposite - the only reason we thought of this and were able pull this off is because those previous posts had been so contentious and so many other bloggers had called for his head.


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Comments (111)

Okay, it's time to come cle... (Below threshold)

Okay, it's time to come clean. Who was in on it, and who was duped?

Only myself, Paul, and Jay ... (Below threshold)

Only myself, Paul, and Jay Tea were in on it.

Yeah, and thanks Jeff for d... (Below threshold)
Paul:

Yeah, and thanks Jeff for doing all you could to blow for us! Yabigjerk. (grin)

Clever. And why I hate Apri... (Below threshold)
jen:

Clever. And why I hate April Fool's Day.

Hey, Paul, you started this... (Below threshold)

Hey, Paul, you started this. If you hadn't gone over to the Politburo and quoted my comment which I wrote to defend you, I never would have gotten the two hundred pieces of hate mail I've accumulated over the past couple of weeks.

(Okay, it's not 200. It's 179. But I like to round up.)

You're a dick. Seriously. '... (Below threshold)
mikem:

You're a dick. Seriously. 'Nice' touch reassurring your readers that it was not an April Fools joke.
Reminds me of a friend who used to call a crisis hotline that I volunteered for, change his voice and drag me out for two or three minutes while he poured out his heart and I to him as I tried to keep him from "giving up" and ending it.
He was always quite pleased with his ability to sucker caring people into taking him seriously.
Real claim to fame, guys.
I hope you have a good sense of humor because I am sure there will be many who do not feel constrained by a calender in returning the favor.

you know what they say abou... (Below threshold)
Paul:

you know what they say about the company you keep.

Hey, Mike, I'm getting olde... (Below threshold)

Hey, Mike, I'm getting older and my vision isn't what it once was, so I'm pretty sure I misread your comment. I'm pretty sure you didn't just compare a prank pulled on a blog to crank-calling a crisis hotline.

I'm pretty sure you didn't do that. Did you?

I wasn't in on it, but I su... (Below threshold)
Eric (snarky nickname to be announced):

I wasn't in on it, but I suspected. In short, I questioned the timing.

However, this does bring up another question.....

how much of Paul's past few posts on evolutionary theory has been baiting for the setup?

To be sure, the point that there are still many unknowns with regards to it all is well taken, but some of the posts were somewhat inflamatory.

I got called a hypocrite for things I hadn't even said. Jeepers! I may even have to say, gee willakers!! (sorry for the profanities, but that got my dander up.)

Anyways, more than a few people got took by this, judging from the comments. It was well played, but -- honestly, it was the 1st of April.

Duh.

Better than "Paul is Dead" ... (Below threshold)
epador:

Better than "Paul is Dead" or if you read all his posts backward you get a secret message...

However, this does bring... (Below threshold)
Michael:

However, this does bring up another question.....

how much of Paul's past few posts on evolutionary theory has been baiting for the setup?


Did you notice that all of those posts were categorized as Humor?

So does this mean all the p... (Below threshold)

So does this mean all the people I accused basically of being crapweasels about the evo flogs were duped in the run up, and are therefore only incidentally crapweasels, or what? 'Cause you say no one else is in on the fun.

goddamn... That wan't funn... (Below threshold)
John:

goddamn... That wan't funny. Wizbang is a must first thing in the morning.

Yeah, I did. I don't think ... (Below threshold)
mikem:

Yeah, I did. I don't think much of pranks that count on the compassion of others and repeated claims that 'I'm not kidding' to show how gullible the suckers are if you just count on them being caring people.

My friend was a recovering alcoholic who I was probably too forgiving of, but I can live with that.

I just don't get it guys. What is the point in proving that you have trusting readers? Either your readers are gullible or they trust the wrong people.

Actually, the first one was... (Below threshold)
andy:

Actually, the first one was filed under "Tech Stuff."

This is good news. Looking forward to dissecting Paul's vacant arguments in the future.

Overall a well planned and ... (Below threshold)
Darby:

Overall a well planned and executed prank on the part of the Wizbang staff. The only problem I had with it was the overly seriousness of it. I always saw April Fools day as a light hearted and fun thing.

Oh well, live and learn.

I was suprised at some of the seriously hostile feelings that certain people have towards others on the staff of this Blog.

>Did you notice that all of... (Below threshold)
Paul:

>Did you notice that all of those posts were categorized as Humor?

Not all of them Michael... Some were Tech Stuff.. But even with you repeatedly saying it was filed under humor, many people did not realize they were proving Pavlov was.

The writer in Jay Tea gave ... (Below threshold)

The writer in Jay Tea gave it away for me: he says he's all bummed about Paul leaving, then he keeps posting ...

Now what do you do with all the "Kevin's a dick" commenters?

Darby- Being popular with a... (Below threshold)
Paul:

Darby- Being popular with a large group of people always means others hate you... It's like the 5th law of physics or something...

It used to bother me... Now I have fun with it.

Funny stuff. You got me, fo... (Below threshold)

Funny stuff. You got me, for like 10 minutes. But still, I didn't think this was an April Fool's joke kind of thing.

Well, that was remarkably s... (Below threshold)

Well, that was remarkably stupid and unfunny. What do you do for an encore?

Paul: Yeah, your wife was right. You should listen to her more often.

>Now what do you do with al... (Below threshold)
Paul:

>Now what do you do with all the "Kevin's a dick" commenters?

Well for my part Leopold, I'm doing my level best to convert them to "'Paul's a dick' commenters" but it is sometimes an uphill battle.

And it leaves the question:... (Below threshold)

And it leaves the question:

Paul, do you actually believe any of the crap you've been spouting, or have you been lying to everyone for the past week just to annoy people?

Just wondering what sort of idiot you are, that's all.

Yeah, I'm ticked off.

No Pixy, watching you make ... (Below threshold)
Paul:

No Pixy, watching you make an ass out of yourself was hysterical.

*shakes head*You a... (Below threshold)

*shakes head*

You are turds. I mean that in the nicest mean possible way.

Thanks, Paul. You're both ... (Below threshold)

Thanks, Paul. You're both kinds of idiot then.

Kevin, if you're reading yo... (Below threshold)

Kevin, if you're reading your own blog, that was one of the stupidest, most ill-considered and poorly excuted April Fools jokes I have ever seen that didn't actually result in physical injury.

Nice going, guys.

I vote that Pixy's reaction... (Below threshold)

I vote that Pixy's reaction alone makes this comedy gold.

I vote that Pixy's react... (Below threshold)
Amen Brother:

I vote that Pixy's reaction alone makes this comedy gold.

Amen bother- Amen.

Well, nice for you guys.</p... (Below threshold)

Well, nice for you guys.

Now, will you point out where any of this is actually funny? You know, apart from all the pointless lying and stuff?

Okay, so all three bloggers at Wizbang decided to lie to their readers. For a week, in Paul's case. (Unless Paul really believes that crap, which is something he refuses to say.)

Funny? How, exactly?

And yes, I am aware of what... (Below threshold)

And yes, I am aware of what category many of Paul's posts were placed in, thanks. I had assumed, based on the evidence, that he was just being an dick. Am I wrong?

Because:#1: It's r... (Below threshold)

Because:

#1: It's refreshing to see it done on somewhere else besides DKos for a while...

#2: There's gonna be so much egg scraped off the faces of some bloggers tomorrow, I'll be havin' breakfast for life.

How does it feel to make FO... (Below threshold)

How does it feel to make FOOLS out of your loyal readers? I am not amused - nor will I be back.

Funny? How, exactly?... (Below threshold)
julie:

Funny? How, exactly?

Because it was so out of character. There is a name for that, but I forgot what it was.

Now, will you point out ... (Below threshold)
Mr. Obvious:

Now, will you point out where any of this is actually funny?

Your posts for starters.

There is a startlingly larg... (Below threshold)

There is a startlingly large number of people here who seem to feel that this was some sort of betrayal, some sort of personal affront to them. Yes, I'm looking at you, Pixy.

I know this will come as a shock to each and every one of you in the "I'm mad as hell" camp, but I'm gonna say it anyway: These men owe you nothing. They run this blog because it pleases them to do so. They chose to play an elaborate prank because it pleased them to do so. Nobody gives a tinker's dam whether you thought it was funny or not.

You know what? I was fooled. I was fooled hard. I even went so far as to send Kevin a sincere and serious e-mail on the occasion of his shutting Paul down the first time. I thanked him for putting a stop to the senseless bickering.

I was made to look like a complete and utter fool.

And you know what? It doesn't bother me a bit. Christ, if you write anywhere near the number of words I do a week, you're bound to look like a fool every day or two anyway. Looking like a fool is nothing new to me; it doesn't trouble me in the slightest. Why should it bother any of us?

Kevin, Paul and Jay pulled the strings and made their puppets dance, and then they pointed and laughed. If we can't point and laugh at each other once the strings are cut, then what's the point of living?

Because it was so out of... (Below threshold)

Because it was so out of character.

Okay, that may be a point. Now, Kevin I'm familiar with, but I haven't been around Wizbang enough lately to be sure what to expect of Paul. Out of character for Wizbang, yeah. Our of character for Paul, dunno. Funny? No.

Now, unlike Caveman, for me this will blow over, and I will be back. I wasn't going to delink Wizbang just because Paul was being a jerk, and I'm not going to delink Wizbang just because all three of you had a week-long lapse of reason.

But I still don't think it was funny. Paul, listen to your wife next time, okay?

Three bloggers pretending t... (Below threshold)
julie:

Three bloggers pretending to be mad at each other --
the nerve!
the outrage!
the deception!

Well, more like a sitcom skit done a million times before. Hmm. Kevin is Monica, Paul is Rachel, and Jay is Phoebe. Or, maybe it's Ricky, Ethel, and Fred. That makes you all Lucy. :p

I was just sincerely worrie... (Below threshold)

I was just sincerely worried that the Commissar would start sucking. Man, can't wait for his reaction.

I wonder if he wasn't in on this...as well.

Oh, and Caveman? See you next week.

These men owe you nothin... (Below threshold)

These men owe you nothing. They run this blog because it pleases them to do so. They chose to play an elaborate prank because it pleased them to do so. Nobody gives a tinker's dam whether you thought it was funny or not.

Yeah yeah.

If they think it was funny, that's fine for them.

If you think it was funny, that's fine for you.

If I think it was retarded, and Wizbang is reduced in my eyes, then that's fine for me.

Kevin, Paul and Jay pulled the strings and made their puppets dance, and then they pointed and laughed. If we can't point and laugh at each other once the strings are cut, then what's the point of living?

Pointing and laughing may be the highlight of your life, Jeff, but I have other things to do.

Anyway, enough. Lame joke, ha ha.

*points and laughs*<p... (Below threshold)

*points and laughs*

Hey, you know what? That WAS the highlight of my life, Jeff was on to something!

Wait...


*desperately seeks a girlfriend*

Now, Lucy, I mean Pixy, for... (Below threshold)
julie:

Now, Lucy, I mean Pixy, for all intent and purposes Paul is blandly normal.

the nerve!
the outrage!
the deception!

Sorry for being repetitive, but I kinda like the way it sounds. It's going to be the tagline to my next feature film, WIZBANG: THE MOVIE.

Boffo
Twist Ending
Woops Woops

You know what? I was foo... (Below threshold)
julie:

You know what? I was fooled. I was fooled hard.

Gee, Jeff, you sound like a dame that's been done wrong!

Um, julie, check out the co... (Below threshold)

Um, julie, check out the comments that Paul left on other blogs, like mine and the Commissar's (http://acepilots.com/mt). He went out of his way to find other people and insult them on their blogs.

Look, I never found the "pretending to be mad at each other" schtick to be funny in the first place, but this one just wasn't handled well.

Originality: 3/10
Execution: 5/10
"Sucker" Factor: 8/10

Paul, guys, forgiven - but still not funny.

And now I really must be going.

I have a theory. I think th... (Below threshold)

I have a theory. I think that Pixy is making fools of us.

Seriously, Pixy. If you're not just pulling all our legs, you must have a rod shoved so far up your ass that it leaves a bump on your forehead. No kidding now: How do you sit?

Julie your line was good by... (Below threshold)
Paul:

Julie your line was good by the best line of the day was:

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"Next week on Wizbang's Apprentice, the co-bloggers are faced with the hardest challenge yet..."

Posted by: Laurence Simon at April 1, 2005 04:59 PM
---------

Gold, pure gold.

If you're not just pulli... (Below threshold)

If you're not just pulling all our legs, you must have a rod shoved so far up your ass that it leaves a bump on your forehead. No kidding now: How do you sit?

And JEFF has been done wrong...

So the only things true abo... (Below threshold)

So the only things true about any of this are the names of Paul, Kevin and Jay. Paul isn't actually agnostic and doesn't question evolution. Kevin doesn't actually find the evolution vs. Creationism vs. ID debate boring.

Whatever.

Nah ... this pales in compa... (Below threshold)

Nah ... this pales in comparison to what was done to me today.

I'm on the phone with my oldest (I'm at work, he's at home) and he tells me that his dad got me a wireless mouse for my computer. I wasn't sure why, altho I had complained a few times that the boys needed a new mouse for their computer, so figured he got both the machines one.

I get home ... my son tells me to check it out ... keep in mind it's been a long week, my nephew was with me for a few days, my boys were ill for part of the week ... and I had a headache.

So I put my hand on the mouse, to get the feel of it ... and go to push down on the clicky thing. And got the SHOCK of my life! Literally!

(damn kids!!! and their dad!! all of whom were laughing their asses off as I let go real quick and yelled OH SHIT!!!)

Um, julie, check out the... (Below threshold)
julie:

Um, julie, check out the comments that Paul left on other blogs, like mine and the Commissar's (http://acepilots.com/mt). He went out of his way to find other people and insult them on their blogs.

I don't have to. Did you and others not go out of your way to insult him time and time again? And, some even e-mailed Kevin????!! I mean what's that about?!

Look, I never found the "pretending to be mad at each other" schtick to be funny in the first place, but this one just wasn't handled well.

Oh, you're just sore because you're "Lucy." But, you weren't assigned that role -- you chose it.

Angie: Spike their... (Below threshold)
julie:

Angie:

Spike their food with something. That'll teach'em to mess with mom!

*shrug* OK, fine joke. And ... (Below threshold)

*shrug* OK, fine joke. And I'm certainly still going to come back every day for excellent news and commentary.

But I think it got tarnished by all the spite and nastiness which got slung around on everyone.

[obligatory whine]
Can't we all just get along?
[/whine]

So, I suppose I end up relatively neutral about the whole thing. But this reminds me why I rarely read the comment section....

Julie your line was good... (Below threshold)
julie:

Julie your line was good

Oh, yeah, which line is that? Oh, and you really threw me by your response to the Mark Twain quip.

For the record: this was NO... (Below threshold)
Jay Tea:

For the record: this was NOT my idea. My idea was to pretend that Wizbang had been "hijacked" by various liberal bloggers. I had a couple ideas ready, including one noted liberal who has an overwhelming tendency to reproduce his 419 spams in full, but that didn't go over very well.

In my defense, I was a late-comer to this plot. But I was a very willing conspirator. In fact, I'm rather proud of my efforts.

And I'd like to thank those people who kindly offered me an alternative home (and, in some cases, food and even female siblings). Those offers made my whole day.

J.

Two quibbles and one concur... (Below threshold)
Jay Tea:

Two quibbles and one concurrence with the above comments, though:

1) Julie, I'm Phoebe? Aside from the gender issues, I think of myself much more of a Chandler.

2) Jinx, "Jay Tea" is a pseudonym, derived from my true initials. I don't know Paul's real name, either, so that could be a fake as well. Kevin's the only one who's on the record.

And how come I didn't get singled out for special comment?

Finally, Lair's line that "next week on Wizbang's Apprentice, the co-bloggers are faced with the hardest challenge yet..." ought to be illegal. I laughed loud enough to scare the hell out of my cat. Bravo, Lair. I doff my hat.

J.

Speaking as an early commen... (Below threshold)
Jumbo:

Speaking as an early commenter and a dupee (with reservations of record), I say there's no percentage in gratuitously dicking with your readership. Now for months we're going to have that little flicker in the back of our minds: "Should we believe them on this?" You've toyed with your credibility, like idiot chidren throwing Mom's Ming vase around. I know, April Fool's, lighten up, yadda. But think about what happens if people start confusing Wizbang with The Onion.

I'm not going to respond to... (Below threshold)

I'm not going to respond to each point or issue individually, just give some backstory.

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It was never designed to be ha! ha! funny, rather it was a fun way to tweak the people who've been railing against Paul, and a chance for the three of us to work on something together. To my mind it "works" based on the fact that there's such a variety of opinion on who readers like (or don't like) among the three of us. This play right into (or away from) the prejudices (for lack of a better word) of readers.

The plot wasn't set in motion until the other day when I said no more creationism/evolution posts. I don't tell Paul of Jay Tea what to write about. You can count me in the camp of those who thought those posts were getting redundant, but I really didn't care much one way or another...

What we did hope for is that we'd get a few bites on my post, to the effect that Paul was in trouble. I can't tell you how many comments and e-mails I got asking me to do this or that to Paul.

We did get those nibbles and it was all downhill from there. Once I put Paul on "warning" it was simply a matter of having Paul cross over the line.

Julie just lucked her way into figuring out the scheme as it was unfolding, though none of us let on or told her anything. In fact Paul discouraged her.

PS - If you checked the sequence number of the URL's you'll notice they're out of order. Jay's reaction post was written before the firing post or Paul's post from this morning.

My only regret is that I wi... (Below threshold)

My only regret is that I will probably never get a chance to guest blog. =(

DAMN!!!! I shoulda known I'... (Below threshold)
Jay Tea:

DAMN!!!! I shoulda known I'd make some technical mistake and risk blowing the whole thing.

And here I was thinking I'd had a subtle tip-off with my reaction post being time-stamped 3:41, with the "41" a subtle reference to the date.

J.

All the nasty things said a... (Below threshold)

All the nasty things said about me today - water under the bridge. I'm assuming Paul and Jay Tea feel the same way.

I think the worst I got was... (Below threshold)
Jay Tea:

I think the worst I got was Julie accusing me of "back-stabbing" paul, so I'll happily go along with Kevin on this one.

On second thought, with a couple reservations. Drew said my writing seemed a little "off," and Leopold Stotch also said my postings hinted to him that it was a hoax. For insulting my abilities, I may need much more mollifying than has been offered so far.

J.

My idea was to pretend t... (Below threshold)
OregonMuse:

My idea was to pretend that Wizbang had been "hijacked" by various liberal bloggers.

Now THAT would have been funny...

>I think the worst I got wa... (Below threshold)
Paul:

>I think the worst I got was Julie accusing me of "back-stabbing" paul, so I'll happily go along with Kevin on this one.

FYI Jay she mailed me and said she knew something was up and was just throwing random shit out there... I think that was her version of playing along.

P

Along the lines of a preten... (Below threshold)
OregonMuse:

Along the lines of a pretend coup d'tat, You guys ought to do a "king for a day" thing like in "Hunchback of Notre Dame" where the biggest fool in the city gets crowned "king" and its a big party all day long. So go out and find the biggest idiot liberal blogger you can find and make him "king" for a day?

I can hear it now: "Come here Oliver, we want to talk to you..."

And all lameness is to be b... (Below threshold)
Paul:

And all lameness is to be blamed on me...

Kev and I have been tossing around various ideas for a while and I picked the final execution. (I even fired myself ;-) --Jay Tea should get no blame for its lameness.

Unfortunately, I had a family emergency this morning I had to attend to.. as such I did not get the "firing offense" post up until late in the day and then it was not as smooth as I wanted.

All things considered it was OK... The part that made it worth the effort was some of the replies from some of my "critics" some of them were hysterical.

To anyone offended that the great and mighty Wizbang might pull an April's Fool's Joke... Sorry, can't help ya. Seemed funny to us at the time. I don't see how it impacts are credibility in the future.

Kevin Said:All ... (Below threshold)
Paul:

Kevin Said:

All the nasty things said about me today - water under the bridge. I'm assuming Paul and Jay Tea feel the same way.

Yeah, all except for Jeff and Julie. lol

Damn, what timing. I spent ... (Below threshold)
jmaster:

Damn, what timing. I spent the whole day sick in bed.

I log on tonight, start at the top of the page, and read down.

Looks like I missed some fun times…..

Paul needs to revive his re... (Below threshold)

Paul needs to revive his reputation; here's an IM discussion between me and Rusty --

Me: did you see the deal at Wizbang? It must be a joke.

Rusty: no, I emailed Paul about it and he said that it's for real and he's pissed.

Jeff: "Kevin, Paul and Jay ... (Below threshold)

Jeff: "Kevin, Paul and Jay pulled the strings and made their puppets dance, and then they pointed and laughed. If we can't point and laugh at each other once the strings are cut, then what's the point of living?"

Got to hand it to Jeff for his resilient humor and humility. Nice job guys, and nice reaction Jeff.

Pixy, take a page from Jeff.

Leopold I'm not sure I get ... (Below threshold)
Paul:

Leopold I'm not sure I get your point?????

Same here jmaster, I missed... (Below threshold)

Same here jmaster, I missed the whole thread 'cause i was visiting with my sister on leave from the navy.

oh well, good joke :)

So what other items on Wizb... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:

So what other items on Wizbang are jokes? Guess there's no point asking because even if others are, it would just be denied. I don't know how others feel, but in my opinion Wizbang's reputation took a big hit tonight. No need for MSM folks to claim bloggers are just a bunch of amateurs sitting around in their pajamas, now they can point to Wizbang as an example of just how unreliable blogs are. Are there so few sources on the internet that anyone needs to get their information form a bunch of jokers?

Why not? Everyone is still ... (Below threshold)

Why not? Everyone is still using Google.

Mac, you thought Wizbang ha... (Below threshold)

Mac, you thought Wizbang had a reputation?

Guys … it's a blog. If Rathergate taught us anything, it's that you shouldn't trust anybody implicitly. Everybody lies, overtly or by omission, whether they mean to or not. Sometimes it's bias, sometimes it's a prank, and sometimes it's just plain old human failure.

Frankly, if you folks thought Web sites run by people you've never met were somehow trustworthy or credible, maybe it's good that this little diversion served to take the edge off of your credulity.

Nobody ever claimed that bloggers aren't, to borrow your word, "unreliable." We're all just trying to make the point that the AP and Reuters and the Washington Post are all also unreliable.

The blog revolution — for lack of a better term — isn't about replacing one bad source of information with one good source of information. It's about pointing out that all sources of information are intrinsically unreliable, and that none of them should be trusted implicitly.

Think for yourself, you know?

Hell, at least Kevin, Jay and Paul came clean. To this day Mary Mapes still insists that those memos were the real deal. I'd say it's advantage Wizbang any way you slice it.

Paul: yeah, now that I thin... (Below threshold)

Paul: yeah, now that I think of it you're right. Rusty is kind of a jackarse, so good for you for duping him. I'll get that jawa bastard next year ...

Jeff, if all sources of inf... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:

Jeff, if all sources of information are intrinsically unreliable then what makes you think Mary Mapes is wrong? Too bad CBS didn’t think of claming it was all just a joke. Guess the MSM has been wrong for the last 50 years about reputation being vital to a news organization. What major political parties will ever invite bloggers to cover their convention if bloggers agree they are intrinsically unreliable. The MSM sure doesn’t agree and will point out that your statement, coming from a blog, that all sources of information are intrinsically unreliable, is therefore unreliable itself.

1) Julie, I'm Phoebe? </... (Below threshold)
julie:

1) Julie, I'm Phoebe?

The cutest one of the bunch!

Aside from the gender issues, I think of myself much more of a Chandler.

Too, wimpy. Phoebe has the cojones Chandler can only hope for.

I think the worst I got was Julie accusing me of "back-stabbing" paul, so I'll happily go along with Kevin on this one.

Hey! I made that up. Since, you knew it wasn't true, why would you think I would believe it?

Anyway, I sent you an email explaining it before I read your post. But for that snarky comment I no longer think you are the cutest one of the bunch. That'll fix ya.

As we said, "If it's an Apr... (Below threshold)

As we said, "If it's an April Fool's joke, it's in poor taste and we are not amused.
We seldom are amused by the jokes men play on each other. We prefer the more sophisticated humour involved in sewing shut the fly on every pair of boxers in the dresser drawer."

I'm just curious if the most disgruntled of us are female, because this does strike me very much as the sort of male humour that does not amuse this female. Men just seem so mean spirited when they pull these sorts of jokes. They don't know when they go too far.

Female pranks are amusing, nonhurtful, clever little episodes of joy in the lives of the victims. Like the aforementioned sewing shut of the flies on the boxer shorts of all male members of the household. Light, charming, nobody gets hurt....

I believed; therefore I ... (Below threshold)
Michael:

I believed; therefore I said, "I am greatly afflicted." And in my dismay I said, "All men are liars."

Psalm 116: 10-11

Julie just lucked her wa... (Below threshold)
julie:

Julie just lucked her way into figuring out the scheme as it was unfolding,

No, Kevin, it was my telepathic powers.

Kidding aside - I won't proclaim myself a great judge of character, but it did come down to judging character – which, of course, led to the only possible conclusion: it was all of joke.

Female pranks are amusin... (Below threshold)
julie:

Female pranks are amusing, nonhurtful, clever little episodes of joy in the lives of the victims. Like the aforementioned sewing shut of the flies on the boxer shorts of all male members of the household. Light, charming, nobody gets hurt....

She left out the part that the guy is wearing the boxers, strapped down, and occassionally the needle slips. Ouch!

Nothing like a little overt... (Below threshold)

Nothing like a little overt sexism to suck all the joy out of a room.

Wow, Jeff. You seem to have... (Below threshold)
Boyd:

Wow, Jeff. You seem to have a diametrically opposite experience from mine. For me, overt sexism injects a huge amount of joy into a room.

Note for the humor impaired: It's a joke, people!

There's no such thing as go... (Below threshold)

There's no such thing as going too far on an April Fool's joke in print or online. No blood, no foul, period. Some people just hate to be tricked, and they take it personally, which reminds me of people who get mad when you step on their toes by accident, or bump into them. They think they're being laughed at and it infuriates them, so they act hurt because they don't know what else to do. Very sad.

That said, you guys are still dicks. But that was definitely a good one. Touche!

P.S. Mac Lorry, unless that too is an April Fool's joke, get a life

Like the aforementioned... (Below threshold)

Like the aforementioned sewing shut of the flies on the boxer shorts of all male members of the household. Light, charming, nobody gets hurt...

DeputyHeadmistress has obviously never had to piss like a race horse and not been able to get the damn thing out. Trust me, it hurts!

Julie, I like the way you t... (Below threshold)

Julie, I like the way you think.:-D
Jeff, the fact that men and women think different things are funny is a fact, not overt sexism. Me saying that male humour is mean and female humour is all nice nice is clearly a joke- ergo the fly sewing stuff.

Which I think Remy and Boyd got.

Clearly, humour over the internet is sometimes fraught with peril.

-welds DeputyHeadmistress's... (Below threshold)

-welds DeputyHeadmistress's purse's zipper shut-

now how do you feel if you are on ur period and you have to change ur tampon.....

same feeling, remy captured it exactly

=-P

You know April Fools jokes ... (Below threshold)

You know April Fools jokes are only traditionally allowed up until noon April 1st. Kevin posted at around 2pm, which officially makes it a Making Us Look Like F*cking Idiots Day joke. Still, well executed.

Assholes :)

The best thing about it , a... (Below threshold)
bullwinkle:

The best thing about it , at least for the insiders must have been the 30 or so submissions from people looking to fill Paul's shoes. Are we ever going to get to see them? I can imagine some of the commenters like Joser dusting off the thesaurus, cracking their knuckles like piano virtuosos, and attempting to hammer out that winning essay. Priceless....

Uncle Mikey,<p... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:

Uncle Mikey,

Yes, it was my own lame attempt at an April fools joke on the jokesters. I figured turnabout was fair play an went a bit over the top to see if I could get Kevin or Paul to bite, but they never did. Maybe they just went to bed, either that or they agreed with me.

Not bad, but I thought the ... (Below threshold)
Palmateer:

Not bad, but I thought the Fox News announcement that the Pope had died was more convincing.

I thought Deputy Headmistre... (Below threshold)
julie:

I thought Deputy Headmistress point was that women aren't as mean as men. My point was often they are, but in different ways.

Ha,ha, ha! What fools thos... (Below threshold)
Amelia:

Ha,ha, ha! What fools those readers are, tee hee hee, the fools! Frankly, I'm just disappointed that it's not true. Timing is supposed to be everything in comedy and while that usually refers to the actual cadence of the delivery of the lines, falling between two well-publisized deaths may have made this less funny for some of us. Sure caught us off guard what with grieving and all that nonsense.

So does this mean Paul and Jay Tea will not be leaving? Darn! Why get my hopes up like that for nothing? Maybe I'm just kidding, too. Maybe not. No somber death watch for Wizbang where frivility reigns supreme. What a riot those stupid readers are anyway. Such fun and merriment!

Leave all that seriousness about the Pope to others who are less clever and just plain lack this kind of originality. Boy, you guys really proved how gullible everybody else really is. Congratulations. I'm just glad I didn't waste my time reading all the posts involved. Lesson for the future, too.

> falling between two well-... (Below threshold)
Paul:

> falling between two well-publisized deaths may have made this less funny for some of us.

Amelia you bring up a good point... Had we known last week the condition of the Pope, we probably would have done something else. There were dozens of mails and phone calls to coordinate this and a special phone call was made (as I remember) to discuss us trying to make a joke at the exact same moment in time as the Pop's death.

However when Kevin posted 2 days ago, we were kinda past the point of no return and After I posted yesterday we were really committed to do something.

If the Pope had died, I was going to make a post stopping it wherever it was.

One of the important lessons of life is that you can not control external events you can only manage your response to them. I think we did our best.

There are a number of posts... (Below threshold)
julie:

There are a number of posts and threads on the Pope and Schiavo here. I am adamantly against thread hijacking, but does every post and thread have to be on those two topics?

you got me, bravo, best Apr... (Below threshold)
wannabe:

you got me, bravo, best April Fools joke of the day, bar none

Damn, suckered twice in one... (Below threshold)

Damn, suckered twice in one April Fool's day, and on the same site too. Jeez

- Knowing Kevin and Paul th... (Below threshold)

- Knowing Kevin and Paul this will turn out to be a massive doublecross in the spirit of a Ludlum novel, ending when J Tea returns from vacation and finds all the locks have been changed on the WhizBang! doors, and he realizes he's been very cleverly had.

C'mon, anyone who didn't pi... (Below threshold)
~DS~:

C'mon, anyone who didn't pick that joke off wasn't thinking clearly. Stop complaining, it's their blog, they can do what they want, and besides, this wasn't a mean joke and we set ourselves up for it.

You know what would have re... (Below threshold)
Improbulus Maximus:

You know what would have really been funny? If you guys had posted a bunch of stuff supporting Osama and Saddam, that would have been a riot.
The only, and I mean ONLY reason I visited this blog was because sites worth reading linked to Paul's idiocy.
Now, I'm no marketing genius, but I do have to run a small business so I know a little about getting exposure to new customers, and I don't think playing juvenile tricks that insult their intelligence is necessarily a good way to go about it, since you only have once chance at a first impression.
You guys blew it, and I have to believe that you really are collectively no smarter than Paul's stupidest post. You are morons in my book and nothing you write on this site will ever carry any credibility with me, and I think probably with a lot of other people.
Of course, that's likely just fine with you guys, and it's your blog, you can post whatever kind of moronic drivel you wish, and insult your readers all day long, and some people are stupid enough not to know the difference, but some do know better.
Welcome to Dan Rather's world, idiots.

- Everybodys a freeking cri... (Below threshold)

- Everybodys a freeking critic....Is that a moonbat I smell.... complete with barking......

A mean joke? No.A ... (Below threshold)
Orac:

A mean joke? No.

A lame joke? Yes.

Ah, well, I hope it was worth it, guys.

You guys suck.I'll n... (Below threshold)
Ira:

You guys suck.
I'll never read this site again.
Apri2 Foo2s!

Posted by: Big Bang Hunter ... (Below threshold)
julie:

Posted by: Big Bang Hunter

- Knowing Kevin and Paul this will turn out to be a massive doublecross in the spirit of a Ludlum novel, ending when J Tea returns from vacation and finds all the locks have been changed on the WhizBang! doors, and he realizes he's been very cleverly had.

LOL! And, I was trying to get people to believe that Jay Tea was the guy pulling all the strings. The double-double crossser. Oh, yeah, he's the shy guy, wouldn't hurt a fly guy, but in reality he is the dark mastermind of a diabolical scheme to seize control of Wizbang!

Amazing that people are always more willing to believe the worse about somebody.

I can imagine some of th... (Below threshold)
julie:

I can imagine some of the commenters like Joser dusting off the thesaurus, cracking their knuckles like piano virtuosos, and attempting to hammer out that winning essay.

Frightfully funny? Or, just plain frightening?

hahahahaha loli di... (Below threshold)
areaman:

hahahahaha lol

i didnt know what the hell to think. shit. that was funny. at first i was all serious, but then my brain ALMOST started to work so i could figure it out.

that was funny. well done.

and julie, your random posts were really funny as well. nice.

-areafool

- Of course julie. As any a... (Below threshold)

- Of course julie. As any ardent Ludlum reader knows, there will always be a double twist to the ending. In this case Kevin and Paul realize to late that J Tea has set up a perfect, but fake, WhizBang! blogsite replica, complete with duplicate posts. Unfortunately for them its the fake door locks they have changed, only to find themselves out in the blogsty hallway scratching thier little pointed heads trying to figure out what happened... bon appitite'

Area man:Rule of T... (Below threshold)
julie:

Area man:

Rule of Thumb: If something doesn't quite seem right, it's because it isn't.

Rule of Thumb #2: Never blow the gag. Keep silent or join in.

Oh, did I tell you how I fell for snipe hunting when I was in college? I couldn't believe all my nice friends and bf were telling me how they wanted to beat to death tiny little birds and were even laughing about it. I didn't go out in the woods alone with a sack, but I was so angry at them for being blood thirsty murderers, I did take all the sleeping bags, lock myself in the car, and refuse to come out until they were able to convince me they were kidding. By then it was pretty late and cold. While obviously naive, I think I had the last laugh. :-)

Big Bang Hunter:

Care to try a triple -- a double-double-double-cross?

Actually Big Bang, <p... (Below threshold)
Paul:

Actually Big Bang,

I wrote Kevin's firing post and I was the one who hit the "publish" button.

I turned to my wife and I said, "You know this could be the biggest April Fool's Trick of all... Kevin really is firing me and he got me to write the post."

That would have stung but I would have to admit I was gotten... seems some can handle that.

(pssst this part is a secret- The same people who are going apoplectic that we did this are the exact reason we did it... knowhatIemean?)

Apoplectic? I would have sa... (Below threshold)
julie:

Apoplectic? I would have said insane. They are even questioning your politics. You've been outed, you leftie you!

LOL, at you. What do you h... (Below threshold)
Kat:

LOL, at you. What do you have like a couple of hundred readers?
Maybe someday you will be a real blog like Little Green Footballs. But I doubt it.




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