Today is April 1st, and you know what that means. Last night I announced (on the Twitter) that TrekMovie would not be doing any April Fools pranks this year. However, many other sites are having some fun today, including a number of Trek related pranks. Find out who is having final frontier fun below. [UPDATED with more Trek Foolery]
STAR TREK APRIL FOOLS 2010
Think Geek – Tribbles N’ Bits
The geeky merchandise site ThinkGeek.com has a number of ‘new’ products to offer today, including the delicious sounding ‘Tribbles ‘n’ Bits cereal, which have "shrunk" down tribbles into "bite-sized bits of sugar-coated joy", each box "works as a Klingon detector".
Cryptic – Star Trek Online II – Revenge of the Empire
Even though the Atari/Cryptic MMORPG Star Trek Online is only a few weeks old, they have already announced it will be replaced by the end of the year with the new "Star Trek Online II: Revenge of the Empire" which will turn the game around to focus on the Klingons and their hunt for tribbles. There is even a trailer, check it out at startrekonline-2.com.
Google – Measuring in Warp
If you do a search on Google today and look closely at your SERP (Search Engine Results Page), you will see that instead of measuring the time it took to search, today Google has come up with many other measurements, including Warp (see below), they are also measuring in Back to the Future ‘gigawatts’, parsecs, epochs and more.
Others – Fake Sequel & Trek News
Of course there are also examples of fake news stories about Star Trek. Some of these stories are more obvious jokes, but they are all fake. Here are some examples:
Unification France (in French): Sharon Stone to play Khan in Star Trek sequel
John Eaves (blog of veteran Trek designer): Javier Bardem to play Khan in Star Trek sequel
Firefox.org: Wil Wheaton main villain in Star Trek sequel
Cinematical (announcing the jokes they are not making): Cloverfield monster is villain in Star Trek sequel
RealTVAddict: Paramount announces Starfleet Academy TV Series
And it appears that even though TrekMovie didn’t run any fake news stories this year, that didn’t stop TrekBBS user Mach5 of making it look like we broke big news:
UPDATE: More Trek jokes
Memory Alpha: Star Trek sequel cancelled, Paramount to reboot TNG (+ more jokes on front page)
Cool Toy Review: Hasbro announces series of Star Trek toys
DVICE: Apple’s new head mounted ‘iPatch’ display (Star Trek shown to demonstrate)
Seen any more Trek related April Foolery? If so send in a tip to tips[at]trekmovie.com.