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Bad TRON April Fool's Joke

By TronFAQ on Saturday, April 07, 2007 at 5:53 PM
Somehow, I completely missed this. Big thanks to Avi for letting me know about it.

An example of a good April Fool's joke is this year's joke at TRON-Sector, which can still be seen as the first news article on the front page at the time of this writing. (TRON-Sector Going Retro.) Nice work, TheReelTodd! :)

However, there was also a bad April Fool's joke (bad, as in it could really fool and scare people) that seems to have originated on the site Kuro5hin. For those of you who don't know: Kuro5hin is a news site, of sorts. One that lets its users write the stories. The problem is, anyone can write anything they want, whether it's true or not.

Here is the link to the fake story on Kuro5hin:
Homeland Security Classifies TRON as "Sensitive"

Of course, the author wrote this fake story early (on March 29th) in an attempt to add legitimacy. A lot of April Fool's pranksters release their jokes early to try and create a greater impact, because most people will think that they won't have a prank pulled on them until the day in question arrives.

Here is why this story is obviously fake and an April Fool's joke:
  1. As mentioned in the comments for this "story", the name of the FBI agent mentioned is "Lirpa Sloof".  April Fool's spelled backwards.
  2. If that's not enough, then look at the top of the article.  Written by "ewhac" in "Fiction".  Busted!  Fiction, not fact.

I have to give the writer credit though, for creating a fairly plausible story that probably could fool quite a lot of people. Nice work. But it's important that everyone realizes it's just a prank and not to take it seriously.

Oh, and while an HD-DVD release of TRON would be nice: again, there's no evidence so far that Disney is planning to do an HD-DVD or Blu-Ray release of TRON. On the other hand, I guess it's nice to see this fake story mention TRON 2.0. There are still a lot of people who don't know it exists, and I see proof of that all the time.
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